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Tuxedo for wedding - really like but two classic flaws

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by DonnyLee, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. DonnyLee

    DonnyLee Active Member

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    Hi everyone,

    Part due to reading Styleforum, part due to appreciating classic style, I'm faced with a fashion dilemma. My wedding is coming up and I want to buy a tuxedo for the wedding and for use next time. I just got a quote that a Liverano cost US$7,000. Well, that money is going to the car.

    So here I got a Brunello Cucinelli for US$1,400 in the color (midnight navy), fabric (wool and cashmere aka Skyfall) and size I want! The only problem, two classic flaws - the lapels are not in black and it's a two button.

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    What y'all think? Forgive myself for breaking two classic rules to get the rest of my preferences in a good price?

    By the way, I really don't know why Brunello Cucinelli, whom I believe to be one of those brands who believes in classic style, break those rules. If it was Tom Ford, I understand. But does a brand like Brunello aim for fashion forward to get that additional market share.

    Sincerely Yours,
    Donny
     
  2. Andy57

    Andy57 Senior member

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    I think you'll be fine.
     
  3. breakaway01

    breakaway01 Senior member

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    Unlikely that guests at the wedding will notice that the jacket has two buttons and a notch lapel. The main questions are whether these are issues for you personally and how important the brand name is to you. Plenty of classically styled tuxedos to be had from "lesser" makers.
     
  4. BackInTheJox

    BackInTheJox Senior member

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    It's a peak lapel, I think his issue with it was that it was navy rather than black.
     
  5. DonnyLee

    DonnyLee Active Member

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    I know midnight navy with black satin lapels is classic. My issue here is that the lapels are not black. And that it's a two button.

    I agree that the guest in the wedding wouldn't know these classic flaws. That's not my issue. My issue is that since I'm buying my tuxedo, I would like to use it for future events. And say when I walk into an opera hall in a tuxedo with navy lapels and two buttons, then there's where I feel maybe I should have gone with something more classic.

    And yes, I do feel its personal that I don a classic attire.
     
  6. breakaway01

    breakaway01 Senior member

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    Then I think you've answered your own question.
    Sorry, didn't look closely enough at the photo on my phone. I might overlook the blue lapels but the two buttons crosses the line for me.
     
  7. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    I'm going to come right out and say it - if you buy the tuxedo in question, there will always be a little voice in the back of your head whispering to you that you should really have gone for something more classic. You will never be 100% confident that you made the right choice. And you are unlikely to look and feel your best, if you're second-guessing your decision of what to wear.

    Keep shopping around until you find a tuxedo which does satisfy all of your preferences, including your desire for more classic styling. They're not all that difficult to find.

    Or drop the $1400 on this "almost right" tuxedo, experience self-doubt when wearing it, and after about 3 wearings decide you don't want to put up with your doubts any longer. Then go out and replace it, accepting the substantial financial hit.

    The question of what we think of the tuxedo is irrelevant. It's what you think about it that matters. And it's crystal clear from your post that you're not 100% confident about choosing this tuxedo. So don't buy it.
     
  8. Andy57

    Andy57 Senior member

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    I agree that if you don't feel 100% about it, you shouldn't do it. Having said that, this is a pretty nice tux. I'd be curious to see how it fits, if it wouldn't be too much trouble.
     
  10. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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    I've had buttonholes removed and the fabric reweaved with good results before. Depends on the fabric I guess. I think blue lapels are fine these days, as long as you can 'rock it' as they say. A good fit is vital. As others have said, very few people will pick you on it but if you are obsessing over it, it may be better to pass.
     

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