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Work dinner -- WTF does 60's cocktail chic mean?

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My new employer is having a big sales meeting at a fancy place. One night is a "special" night where we are told to dress in "60's cocktail chic" attire.

The theme of the meeting was "Mad Men" and we are going to a pretty nice art deco place. Now, keep in mind Im only 26 and dont have a nice, slim Mad Men suit on hand. What is acceptable to wear that I might have on hand, can thrift or is reasonable and adaptable to purchase?

Im the new guy so I need to impress...
 

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get a thrift store suit and get the pants tapered and the jacket taken in, should cost you less than 100 bucks for all that. Or pick up a thick as thieves suit. Dont forget the skinny tie (with tie bar of course).
 

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Originally Posted by fcuknu
get a thrift store suit and get the pants tapered and the jacket taken in, should cost you less than 100 bucks for all that. Or pick up a thick as thieves suit. Dont forget the skinny tie (with tie bar of course).

This event is happening in a week. While I desire a TaT suit I dont have the time/money for that at the moment and Im afraid a tailor might not have the time. And when will I wear a thrifted suit again anyways?

Any good recommendations on where to get a reasonable skinny tie/tie bar
 

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RLBL on sale for $90 from the website, probably less expensive in the store.

3" wide, so its skinny but not soo much that you'll never wear it again.
 

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Thrift stores are usually full of skinney ties, even Penneys has them now.
 

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I'm sure you can get something that would be useful at H&M or Zara, or look for maybe a Ben Sherman at Ross or Marshalls.

You can certainly thrift a 60s suit or at least coat, I usually see one or two when I'm out, but frankly there's nothing you can just decide to get, head to the thrift store and buy. That's the nature of thrift stores.
 

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I suspect 60s cocktail chic means dress like you're on the set of the TV show Madmen. If you can't afford a TaT suit, or a RLBL suit, then try H&M for a thin lapel suit. Wear a white dress shirt and a thin tie. You can get a skinny tie (on sale) from many places, like Ralph Lauren (look in the Black label area), Brooks Brothers (look in the Black Fleece area), thrift stores, and others. Get your shoes shined (and don't wear square toed shoes) and add some pomade to your hair and you'll look just lik ethe characters on the TV show!
 

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Target has (at least online) a narrow lapel, charcoal wool sharkskin Merona suit with flat front trousers for $149.98 total.



A guy with modest means can do far worse.

I wouldn't accessorize as in the photograph.

- B
 

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Seriously -- he gave you a week's notice to prepare for this?

He's probably been planning this event in his head since he was 15 and just wants to outdo everyone. Show up in rags and prostrate and you won't even have to go down on him for the promotion.
 

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Why do invitations have such incredibly stupid dress requirements these days? I'm forever reminded of Seinfeld. GEORGE: Hey, she wants me to dress "smart casual." What is that? JERRY: I don't know, but you don't have it. I hate people.
 

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Originally Posted by why
He's probably been planning this event in his head since he was 15 and just wants to outdo everyone..

madmen has been on for 2 years...
 

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I wouldn't get too worked up about going out and trying to acquire a new outfit. As has been said, wear a white shirt and skinny tie under your suit, shine your shoes and your hair (slick look), and just go with it. It will probably be more about your attitude than anything.

In fact, to show that you are totally into it, make sure to smack a lot of female ass while calling them doll.
 

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yeah, bring some cigarettes in a carrying case and bring a dupont lighter also. Tell all the dames that they have nice stems. Do a lot of ass pinching too.
 

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