Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david135, May 13, 2005.
David, please keep asking questions...that's what keeps us old fogies full of hope for the future.
I wouldn't even wear chuck taylors to prom... But, I like getting all dressed up.
Come on guys, give him a break. How about all of you guys who posted negative comments submit pictures of what you looked like at your prom. I'm sure there would be a haze of pastel polyester... I was in your shoes a couple years ago, here's my take on the situation: 95% of the people are going to look like they got dressed in the dark (all jacket buttons done up, sloppy ties, ugly vests) or are going for the 'ironic' look (powder blue tux, frilly shirt). Don't be one of these guys. Highschool is one place you can go for a trendy look and pull it off while getting lots of compliments. You're young, have fun. If I were you, I'd either go two routes. The first one would be to go totally classic: single button peak-lapel tux, tuxedo pumps, nice crisp white shirt, hand-tied black bowtie, sterling links, etc. However, the trouble with rental places is that the quality is crap, and styles can be limited. I'm assuming you wouldn't want to go out and drop over a grand on the get-up for prom. If you are interested in this route, look into a men's store in your area that rents nicer 'equipment'. Usually it's not much more than the typical rental store ($100 vs. $60) and the clothing will have much less wear and will just look better. The second would be the trendy look as you were going for. The problem with this is that you can look like you're trying too hard. However, since you came up with the idea I'd assume you have the confidence to pull it off - it'll be a piece of cake then. I do think that the tennis shoes with a tux look is sort of overdone, however, since you're still in high school it probably won't be an issue. Hunter S. Thompson would always wear Chucks with a tux. I'm going to catch some steam for this one, but a slim black suit (available at H&M for $200 or so, plus you'll be able to wear it when going out in college and such), slim tie, white shirt, and sleek black dress shoes would be a nice option. You might even consider wearing a shirt to match the dress if the color is appropriate (lavendar or light pink). Remember, just have a good time - clothing will be the last thing on your mind at prom. Your friends will probably think your style is cool, and the worst thing that'll happen is your kids will laugh at your prom pictures 20 years from now.
I agree with Versaceman. Seriously, why should you be concerned that your kids will think you looked like a dork in 30 years time? News flash - they will anyway. To all who bring up this point about looking back and cringing at the thought of looking dated: please stop being so needy. Woody Allen got old after about, um, 2 movies.
Versaceman & LA Guy, ummm don't we have something called the "Streetwear Forum" for guys like you. Seriously though, I doubt you'll be looking at your high school prom pictures even two years afterwards. So that shouldn't be a consideration. The biggest thing should be that you should be comfortable, and you should feel like you aren't dressing out of place. For me, that knocks the Chucks out of consideration (you don't want to make your date feel like she's with a guy that "just doesn't get it"). Just one man's opinion though. I agree with Versaceman that going classic from a good rental store (pay twice as much, look four times as good) is the way to go if you opt for the traditional look.
I would think a top to bottom classic look would, in fact, be quite revolutionary at most proms.
hm, i am pretty sure i do not have any pictures of myself at the prom. there are some dorky pictures of me though. i'll have to agree that adolescence is the time of experimentation. do what works within the context of your peer group, not some imagined context of the eyes of the future. by the time your kids see the picture, you'll be a world leader or captain of industry, so noone will think less of you for looking like a dork way back then. hell, bill gates still looks like a dork. but within his circle of nerds back in the 70's, he was the alpha geek. so, like i said, if in your social context the chuck taylors make the right statement, i say rock 'em. here's a radical scenario though: what if you wore jeans instead of tux pants? man would that raise some hackles or what. cuffed jeans and some low-top converse like james dean wore...(see the current issue of Vitals.) ...i dunno, maybe it would only work if you were a greaser to begin with, like arthur fonzerelli.
If you want to be radical, and traditional at the same time source out a vintage Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking tuxedo.
And how. Faustian, is that you in your avatar? Anyone ever tell you that you look like Gordon Freeman? Original poster, I say wear whatever the hell you want - pending the approval of your date, I guess. You may as well have some fun and wear what you're comfortable in.
oh my god. ... yes that's me. and no, i'm afraid i don't even know who gordon freeman is. well at least it's not MORGAN freeman. <going to google> /andrew
oh. i didn't know they were naming half-life characters now. it DOES sortof look like me, at least when i was wearing those big black frames.
Haha. I couldn't stop laughing at that pic. Hey david, maybe you should dress up as Gordon Freeman -- with the environment suit.
That would be truly cool.
(LabelKing @ May 15 2005,22:52) If you want to be radical, and traditional at the same time source out a vintage Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking tuxedo.
That would be truly cool.
could someone post a picture? i tried googling, and didn't find any images. plus, all the references to it that i found said that it was designed for women. /andrew
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