Posts Tagged ‘ tuxedo ’

the ludlow navy tuxedo

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wedding season is upon us.  most of the weddings i’ve been invited to this spring are black tie events.  honestly, i prefer a black tie wedding as long as it’s not at the beach (duh!).  it’s nice to have an excuse to wear a tux.  if you’re thinking about purchasing a new tux this spring, let me recommend going with a navy or midnight blue number like this one from j. crew.  it will be a refreshing change to the all of the other penguin suits you on a formal saturday night.

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tuxedo footwear

a friend of mine is getting married in october and emailed me asking for my opinion on these belgian tuxedo shoes:

if i had to choose a patent leather shoe to wear with a tux, these would be the shoes i would buy.  traditional or more formal tuxedo shoes are in fact black patent leather “pumps” with a grograin bow (like the ones you see above).  with that said, i don’t know anyone here in the south that wears black patent leather pumps with their tux.  that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear them if you want to.  with my tux, i usually sport a pair of black calf lace-up oxfords like these from allen edmonds:

another option for me would be gucci bit loafers.  some traditionalists might scoff at this advice, but i think these particular loafers look great with a tux.

last but not least, if you’re someone that likes to get noticed, then i recommend picking up a pair of velvet slippers to wear with your tux.  brooks brothers has a more traditional style of slipper:

but if you really want to stand out, then head over to del toro and customize your own slippers or pick out something a little more risque like these skull & bones:

every man needs: a white dinner jacket

with summer in full swing, you’re probably 3-4 weddings deep at this point, and if you’re from the south, then you’ve probably had to wear a tux for most of those.  i actually prefer wearing my tux to weddings because i wear a suit to work every day.  so how do you add a little flavor to your formal wear?  you get yourself a white dinner jacket.

the white dinner jacket first popped up in the the 1920’s as an alternative to the heavy fabric and dark colors of the traditional tuxedo jacket.  wealthy travelers needed something lightweight to take with them to warmer climates, thus creating the need for the white dinner jacket.  most white dinner jackets are made of linen or a very lightweight worsted wool that holds up well in humid environments.  the color is also not technically white but ivory.  they became very popular after humphrey bogart wore one in casablanca (below).

 

brooks brothers has one on sale right now for $550.  that’s a good chunk of change, but not if you consider it an investment.  every man needs one in his wardrobe sooner or later.

the oscars tuxedo


in honor of the academy awards tonight, i present to you the academy’s best dressed tuxedo wearers.  the oscars are the one night in hollywood where it’s a requirement for hollywood’s leading men to wear tuxes and the ones that look the best are the one’s that keep it simple and traditional.  but seriously, if you don’t look good in a tux then i can’t help you.   Continue reading