Tuxedo-Prom

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kpphy88, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    Normally shoes like these are worn with tuxedo's: [​IMG] But I can imagine as it's your highschool prom most of your friends won't understand why you would be wearing them. As far as shirts go, I think as long as the shirts is pleated or has a pique front you're probably OK. Over here, normally we don't have any buttons showing on the front of the shirt. I don't know what your size is, but this is a pretty nice shirt and not very expensive: Borrelli Tuxedo Shirt on Virtualclotheshorse.com On www.virtualclotheshorse.com there are also bowties and vests for sale btw.
     


  2. Fritz

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    Silk knots are acceptable, if not ideal (just my opinion). Given your time constraints I would think it best if you concentrated on the essentials, ie suit and shirt.

    Belts: you don't need any, you are going to wear braces/suspenders.
     


  3. kpphy88

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    I'm going to go get fitted tonight. Just a couple questions on some small details:

    1) Bowtie- The rental outlet will most likely only have pre-tied ones. I've never worn a bowtie before, but I feel that pre-tied ties are silly. Would you guys recommend going out and buying a bow tie for this night if the rental outlet does not have untied ones?

    2) Vest- Do the number of buttons matter? I'm confused as to what the difference between 5 and 6 button vests is.

    3) Pocket square- white silk?

    Thanks all.
     


  4. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    1) I would, in that you are almost certainly going to wear black tie more than once in your life, so it won't be a waste.

    2) That refers to how many buttons close the front of the vest.  A traditional formal vest has a very low buttoning point, and an open front, and only three buttons -- or six if double-breasted, but still a low front, because they are arranged like a keystone:

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    Leaving aside "rules" and traditions &c. (things I am personally very fond of), I think a 5 or 6 button SB vest does not look good with black tie.  It covers the shirt front and studs, and it makes the ensemble look too much like a suit.

    3) I prefer white linen.  But white silk is fine.  Or offwhite (very light cream)
     


  5. FIHTies

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    Scary...our new young member is cost conscientious
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    Good heavens...What is youth coming to nowadays... (or are you some sort of freak?) [​IMG] Welcome aboard. PS: You might want to cancel your subscription to GQ...
     


  6. kpphy88

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    To FIHTies: [​IMG] Thanks for the kind words. It really made my day [​IMG] . Btw, I don't have a subcription to GQ, I just read at the library (haha another frugal habit I have). I don't see the price of the magazine being justified by its content. But thanks again. To Manton: What is an SB vest? Also, do you think I would be able to find bow ties at Nordstrom?
     


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    To FIHTies: [​IMG] Thanks for the kind words. It really made my day [​IMG] . Btw, I don't have a subcription to GQ, I just read at the library (haha another frugal habit I have). I don't see the price of the magazine being justified by its content. But thanks again. To Manton: What is an SB vest? Also, do you think I would be able to find bow ties at Nordstrom?
     


  8. Roy

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    SB = Single Breasted
     


  9. kpphy88

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    Well, I went to AfterHours at the mall tonight with my Mom (I felt that i would receive better service that way). Although i had my heart set on a Peak lapel one or two button, my Mom and I agreed that the Tommy Hilfiger (Yes I know his stuff isn't that great) one button notch lapel tuxedo looked a lot better than the two button peak lapel I was considering (AfterHours house brand). And so, I chose that tuxedo, rented shoes w/ square toes (not much else of a description given, but its only one night), black vest, black bow tie and point collar. I also bought a silk white pocket square from Nordstrom. Now, I have one final (I hope) question.

    1. Braces/Suspenders- I don't think the rental outlet will provide these. Are they necessary? The vest would be covering them up anyways.
     


  10. hopkins_student

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    They are necessary if you don't want to have to pull your pants up a thousand times during the night. Unfortunately I don't think I've ever seen a rental tux with buttons for braces.
     


  11. kpphy88

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    Oh that's not good. If this is true, no buttons for braces, that is, would a belt be acceptable? I mean it would be covered by the vest.
     


  12. hopkins_student

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    Well, there aren't going to be belt loops either. You'll have side tabs for adjustment, but they may or may not be sufficient.
     


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    a cummerbund? Are you joking? He wants to spend the rest of the night in the back seat of his car, not in the bathroom stall getting his head shoved in a toilet.
     


  14. policy

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    Thank God someone else is a product of American Public Schools. Not even the band geeks at my school that formed a circle to sing/perform the Rocky Horror Picture show time travel song wore cummerbunds.
     


  15. Matt

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    hehehe.

    good luck with the backseat thing kpphy. And im guessing from your handle, you were born in 1988. God, Im really getting old.

    *shudder*
     


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