- Mar 7, 2002
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As I indicated in another thread, I recently picked up a tuxedo for cheap at a consignment shop. Â Brioni it ain't, but I think it will look much better than a rental and better than what 90% of guys out there are wearing. Â I have three questions that I was hoping to get some input on. 1. The tuxedo jacket has flap pockets. Â While not a sin on the level of notch lapels, it detracts a bit from the dressiness of the jacket. Â Can I and should I have a tailor remove the flaps, or should I be content with tucking the flaps into the pockets so that the pockets will resemble jetted pockets from a distance? 2. The lapel has no buttonhole. Â Should any tailor worth his salt be able to put an attractive buttonhole in, or should I leave the lapel alone? 3. I have neither the $$$ nor the desire to wear patent pumps with the tuxedo. I would much rather wear a pair of black lace-up oxfords (shined of course) that can get double duty as footwear with a suit. Â Is a whole-cut shoe dressy enough to wear, or should I get a pair of plain-toe or cap-toe balmorals? Thanks in advance.