Tuxedo Shirts

  • Brando

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    Mar 05, 2012 7:18 AM GMT
    So Im going to an awards show next Sunday, and I need to dress real fancy-like. Ive been looking for some cheaper shirts on amazon cause I can get a nice deal on shipping.

    Is their anything special I should consider when looking for a good one?
    Im a fan of the wing tip style, and Ive got some cufflinks... but Im willing to take other ideas for a style I might look good in. (Maybe a black tuxedo shirt or some colored cufflinks.... I dont know...)

    Opinions??
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 05, 2012 7:24 AM GMT
    Depends on what type of awards- I'd say go for a white tux shirt. You can get a designer one and not pay a bundle. Also, you could always rent if you plan on never wearing it again.icon_idea.gif If you want to stand out wear the full tux especailly if everyone is wearing a jacket.icon_cool.gif

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  • Brando

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    Mar 05, 2012 7:29 AM GMT
    Its basically like the academy awards... only for thaters in the Washington Area Theater Community Awards. Aka.. the WATCH Awards.

  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 05, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    Hey,
    check E-bayicon_idea.gif I'm sure you can get a shirt and bowtie for under 30.00 new. You look like a 15 or 15 1/2 neck 32/33 sleeve or if your arms are long 33/34. Remember many tuxedo shirts are thinner in the sleeves and body and are meant to be worn with a jacket. I'd say go with the tux!!

    Good Luck!
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    Mar 05, 2012 8:14 AM GMT
    Brando saidIts basically like the academy awards... only for thaters in the Washington Area Theater Community Awards. Aka.. the WATCH Awards.



    Sounds like the time I went to an event that was just like having high tea with Queen Elizabeth II, except I was having a Coke at Burger King.
  • Brando

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    Mar 05, 2012 8:16 AM GMT
    Well.. yes.. I was going with a tux. I just need a shirt to fit my cufflinks. I was just asking for opinions on styles/ colors of tuxedo shirts and/or cufflinks.
  • Brando

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    Mar 05, 2012 8:18 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Brando saidIts basically like the academy awards... only for thaters in the Washington Area Theater Community Awards. Aka.. the WATCH Awards.



    Sounds like the time I went to an event that was just like having high tea with Queen Elizabeth II, except I was having a Coke at Burger King.



    Been there too.. except I ate jello with Snooki.
  • LJay

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    Mar 05, 2012 4:02 PM GMT
    To do a tux well, you do not try to stand out: white shirt, matching studs and cufflinks, cumberbund or vest in black, black socks and shoes.

    Other stuff, like pink shirts and Chuck Taylors is going to make you look like an escapee from a high school prom.
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    Mar 05, 2012 4:32 PM GMT
    Keep it simple. The tuxedo is already fancy enough. If you want to stand out, just have a good cut to your tux and fit of your shirt. The cufflinks and shirt studs are also areas where you can add a personal touch. Going with an odd color or cut in your shirt comes off as too weird, in my opinion, but I'm a traditionalist.

    Whatever you do, wear it with confidence. That will guarantee that you look your best.

    Have fun.
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    Mar 05, 2012 5:54 PM GMT
    Simplicity is key, as is the right attitude:

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    Additional fashion tip - always include the right photographer in your entourage.
  • petemdc

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    Mar 05, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    Why go cheap when you are doing a gala event? Buy something that looks great and fits impeccably from tailor or haberdashery or even large retailer. Then you will look great in all those runway shots and not regret having a shirt you bought sight unseen from the web.
  • Brando

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    Mar 05, 2012 7:36 PM GMT
    I think Im going to try a black wing tipped shirt. My cufflinks and studs are silver and black and I think the white bow tie would look pretty sweet on its own.
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    Mar 05, 2012 7:48 PM GMT
    Brando saidI think Im going to try a black wing tipped shirt. My cufflinks and studs are silver and black and I think the white bow tie would look pretty sweet on its own.


    Nearly all-black might be overwhelming. You might want to try a tux shirt with a deep colour, such as burgundy. Harder to find, though...
  • runnin_stud

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    Mar 05, 2012 7:55 PM GMT
    This is a theater event. I say you should try and stand out by 86-ing the white and black shirt. Go with a plaid shirt and a black skinny bow tie. They are all the craze nowadays. Since you're hair color is versatile and you're very attractive [checked your profile out], almost any color choice will do. Personally, I'd go with a blue/purple/green color palette button down shirt and a black skinny bow tie with your tuxedo. Make sure you extend the shirt through the sleeves of your tuxedo jacket for an extra pop of color =] If you're feeling extra colorful, go for a solid pocket square.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 05, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    petemdc saidWhy go cheap when you are doing a gala event? Buy something that looks great and fits impeccably from tailor or haberdashery or even large retailer. Then you will look great in all those runway shots and not regret having a shirt you bought sight unseen from the web.


    I think he said he doesn't have a ton of money to spend- your adviceicon_rolleyes.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 05, 2012 8:59 PM GMT
    runnin_stud saidThis is a theater event. I say you should try and stand out by 86-ing the white and black shirt. Go with a plaid shirt and a black skinny bow tie. They are all the craze nowadays. Since you're hair color is versatile and you're very attractive [checked your profile out], almost any color choice will do. Personally, I'd go with a blue/purple/green color palette button down shirt and a black skinny bow tie with your tuxedo. Make sure you extend the shirt through the sleeves of your tuxedo jacket for an extra pop of color =] If you're feeling extra colorful, go for a solid pocket square.


    Do this if you're the court jester. Not to a classy event!!!!
  • Latenight30

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    Mar 05, 2012 9:01 PM GMT
    if you have something like a good formal suit, just dress it up with a nice combination of shirt and tie. Unless the invitation says BLACK TIE you aren't required to wear a tux. Also, it's theater awards, have some fun. Nothing worst then a bunch of people with wild out going personalities trying to stuff them into some formal attire. I should know, I help produce events and have designed 4 different awards shows.
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    Mar 05, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Brando saidIts basically like the academy awards... only for thaters in the Washington Area Theater Community Awards. Aka.. the WATCH Awards.



    Sounds like the time I went to an event that was just like having high tea with Queen Elizabeth II, except I was having a Coke at Burger King.


    This is so funny.icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 06, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    Hand tied bow-ties. ALWAYS.

    It's easy to learn. It's like tying your shoes. Try tying the bow tie around your thigh. Then try tying it around your neck.

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    Mar 06, 2012 2:42 AM GMT
    Brando saidOpinions??

    If worn with a bow tie then a shirt with a simple pleated front is appropriate. But no ruffles! It isn't a high school prom. However a pleated front with a bow will require shirt studs. If wearing a four-in-hand tie then the shirt front is plain and conventionally buttoned, unpleated.

    Full French cuffs look best, a natural if you plan to wear cuff links. Try to avoid "convertible" cuffs that have both a button or can accept cuff links. They never look good.

    A wing collar should only be worn with a true tuxedo, which will have a black satin stripe on the trouser seam, and usually satin facing on the jacket lapels. Do not wear a wing with a business suit, even if black in color.

    If you get a rental tux beware of sleeves that are too long, that make you look like a kid wearing his Dad's oversized jacket. Your French cuffs should show just a hint of white past the jacket sleeve with your arms at your sides; the jacket should never fully cover the shirt cuff. Rentals usually come with a pleated cummerbund for your waist, but a satin vest will substitute (what I always wear), and if the function isn't a sit-down dinner then a vest is in fact preferred by many men today.

    Tux shoes are plain toe, ideally patent leather. But a highly polished shoe can substitute, especially if you know how to do a spit shine. But again, plain toe only, the leather smooth and untextured.

    Email me if you have questions.
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    Mar 06, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidHand tied bow-ties. ALWAYS.

    It's easy to learn. It's like tying your shoes. Try tying the bow tie around your thigh. Then try tying it around your neck.

    I agree, hand-tied is the only kind I own - pre-tied are awful. But I really hate an adjustment buckle being visible when a stand-up wing collar is worn. So I have my bow ties made to my exact neck size length, eliminating the need for an adjustment buckle.

    I use a bow tie company in Vermont, and they keep my size on file, so I only have to phone or email them and they can produce a new one at any time. They also have my torso size (sadly not current with my weight gain) to make formal vests of the same material as the tie, though it's been a while, not sure if they're currently making vests and cummerbunds.

    I realize there's no time for the OP, but for later reference, and for others here:

    http://www.beautiesltd.com/
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    Mar 06, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidI've seen a lot of events where men try and get jiggy with it, in the bow tie and cumberbun/vest dept. I say be careful there!
    Keep it simple and stay with a white (not black tux shirt!) and you'll want some black studs as well as the cuff links.
    Classic is classiest if you ask me.

    Somethings in live you don't want to over think.... and the Tux is one of them.


    Yes. "Black Tie" at a "State Dinner" should be very, very conservative and classic.

    "Black Tie" in San Francisco at a Gala or other Charity event can be "worked with". I recently went to a Lunar New Year Gala wearing a black Gucci suit coat, black Gucci French cuff shirt, black full length woven silk Gucci tie, black Gucci belt, black Gucci dress shoes and one couture piece...a pair of Moschino black and white "peace sign pants". Gold knot cufflinks, my 21k gold class ring, and an 18k gold Rolex President Day/Date watch. Simple, clean, yet the pants were edgy and soooo San Francisco. The crowd was mixed from teens to folks in their 70's with the median age around 30. My hair had enough spiking glue to hold together a science project, and had been blown straight up.

    Folks were complementing me all night. There was a fashion show during the evening and they wanted me to walk the runway. I demured.

    Bad lighting, and I didn't get a picture of the "whole look", but you get the idea.
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