Saturday, March 3, 2018

How Often Do You Wear A Tuxedo or Dinner Jacket?

Father - Photos by Salt Water New England (Father)
How often do you wear a tuxedo or dinner jacket?







S. Dillon Ripley at the Peabody

At the Theater




36 comments:

  1. My first formal dance, my date showed up in his grandfather's white dinner jacket; this in the era of pastel tuxes. I still swoon over a white dinner jacket .

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  2. Sadly never. At the beginning of my finance career there were black tie events at least once a year. Lately, there haven't been any. I've worn black tie to Fancy Dress and Creative Dress, like a recent event in Newport. I miss more formal occasions.

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  3. Ironically enough, I will be attending a St Patrick's Day Ball tonight and have a quandary as to wear full dress Highland wear or dinner jacket

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    1. Full Highland dress, i.e. a Prince Charlie or doublet jacket. I now wear it for formal occasions. Alternatively, I wear tartan trews and pair them with an Argyll jacket or velvet smoking jacket for less formal events, e.g. going to the opera, private dinner parties or receptions. Luckily, I have my clan has a few tartans to choose from.

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    2. Same here; wore a kilt (day dress) for my wedding but wore black tie frequently for balls and formal dances. That was then.

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    3. Please don't wear Scottish attire to an Irish event.

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  4. Not Enough... It's a lost art.

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  5. And the related: peak, shawl, or notch?

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    1. One vote for shawl.

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  6. "How Often Do You Wear A Tuxedo or Dinner Jacket?"
    Sadly never these days.
    I am a person who loves dressing well (some would say dressing up). I am an Anglophile and also a lover of the 1950s (how many people have a complete set of Mad Men and have actually watched it.) If I had my way, not only would I regularly wear a dinner jacket but I would wear plus fours and tweed and a cloth cap. Well, not at the same time and not to the same events. Not only that I would love to be able to dress like Robert Redford in "Out of Africa". But here in Australia those inclinations would be taken not just as a sign of eccentricity, but as almost being certifiable. (Sigh!)
    My pinterest fashion board reveals my secret clothing obsessions: https://www.pinterest.com.au/peterm1001/my-favorite-fashion/

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  7. If men understood how sexy they look in black tie, they would wear it more. Thank you James Bond and Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan.

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    1. And Cary Grant.

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    2. And Humphrey Bogart!

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  8. The only time I was forced into one of these was at my brother's wedding. When I got married (late 70's and a burgeoning career in finance), I wore a navy blue flannel three-piece suit (from Brooks Bros., natch).

    I am not a fan of the tux but then, I have no occasion to wear one in the world I live in.

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  9. I'm a woodwind player and in many of the musical groups I play in (wind ensembles, jazz bands, etc.), a tux is required. Women wear all black ensembles so the ensemble has a rather finished and professional look. In the pit for shows, we tend to wear "pit black" which is always long sleeve shirt, pants, and shoes.

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    1. Used to date a symphony player and it way always delicious to see (and flirt) with all those elegantly attired men back stage. Sigh.

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    2. Ah yes, the "sigh."

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  10. I conduct a wind ensemble. White tie and tails for me, though
    Nowadays conductors wear all manner of ensembles.

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  11. 3 or 4 times per year but with organizational cutbacks I expect this will drop to zero.

    Notch given by body type but shawl if I had my choice

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  12. About as often as you do. (Which would be never, though I have seen women do things with quasi-tuxedos.)

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  13. In the above photographs, it appears the men are wearing thin bow ties that either pre-tied or clip-on. Is that still the case in the US?

    For formal dinners at my club, the members generally tie their own bow ties, wider than those in the photos. I believe that is the case at other clubs too.

    So do we have a trans-Atlantic bow-tie divide?

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    1. ^ Ken, it looks to me like the only photos with pre-tied and/or clip-on bow ties are the wedding photos (the guys wearing the white dinner jackets). I think it's fairly likely that those outfits would have been rented from the same place, which also provided matching, pre-tied, ties. I believe the other gentlemen have simply done a very neat job of tying theirs. At least I hope so: Pre-tied and clip-on ties are not, were not, the norm. Unless you were buying your ties at the dry cleaner's.

      During the time period of many of these photographs (I'm guessing 1960s) the look here in the US was for thinner ties generally, both bow and ordinary straight variety. The preferred style was a straight (not butterfly) shape. Today, one more frequently sees a width of about 1 3/4" to 2 1/2" in either straight or butterfly. Personally I can't stand those big floppy butterfly bows.

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  14. I will wear my tux to a university fundraiser later this month, but sadly, with comfort permeating the American way of life, black tie invitations are becoming rare - once or twice a year at most (meaning my 20+ year old tux will outlive me).

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  15. Sadly, rarely. Even on occasions like New Year's Eve when women still wear long dresses and gussy up, men show up in sportcoats and open-collar shirts.

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  16. Never, and would dread the thought of having to wear one. I look terrible in black!

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  17. No one looks terrible in a Tux.

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  18. A couple times a year. I will wear it this coming Friday. I enjoy the opportunities to wear it.

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  19. Just once a year on New Year's Eve, sadly.

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  20. Oh, I love to see men in tux and also full Highland Dress! My sweetie hasn't worn a tux since his prep school days (well, and to his wedding) and he refuses to wear a kilt. And he's Scottish!! So sad . . . .

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  21. As often as I can! I've the honor of being father to two beautiful young ladies and husband to an even more beautiful mother. Oldest recently made her debut here in the South and her sister will follow in a couple of years. The debutante season is rich with formal and creative black-tie events and I enjoy them all. This Fall I was fitted for and bought a new tux in an update style and much better fit than my previous tux suit. I'm fortunate to be among friends who all appreciate getting our swank on.

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  22. Where is the best place to pick up a white dinner jacket?

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  23. So glad to hear some of you say you would like to wear a tuxedo more often. I was at the Ritz Carlton in Naples this past Saturday and saw a couple in their 60's, she dressed in a beautiful, glittery gown and he in a maroon t shirt, tail out, with a dark grey suit- he looked like a fool. That was the place for a white dinner jacket.

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  24. I wore a rented tux a friend's wedding once. Horrible. Joined the Army and went from dress greens to blues. Got married in my blues and wore the same uniform for 25 years until retirement. Army PT kept me in shape and saved money not have to purchase a new uniform due to shrinkage from hanging in closet. The new "Pink and Greens" look pretty sharp: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2017/12/27/new-in-2018-army-decision-coming-on-return-of-pinks-and-greens-uniform/

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  25. My husband wears his to an annual charity event we attend. And that’s it.

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  26. Robert ReichardtMarch 9, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    I wear my Brooks Shawl Collar during the Holidays, and to the symphony where in the lobby I'm often mistaken for a musician: "Oh, what instrument do you play?"

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  27. Once a month on average after I moved to Northern California; once a week when I lived in Manhattan & Newport.

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