Dinner suits. Which shirt…
I’m edging my way to senior statesmen and respected high flyer, yet I still find myself sans dinner suit. This Christmas and a few other occasions thereafter, demand I match my attire with my reputation (at work, not on STW).
I’m starting a little low brow in the suit perspective before potentially upgrading next year, with an M&S classic slim fit item. But, I’d like a decent shirt within which Armani scents and platinum cufflinks will do their damndest to walk confidently among the important people and warm the hearts of the ladies present.
Anyway, such poetry aside, what crisp white item will do me justice? I’m usually a Tyrwhitt advocate, so this without tie is my first choice.
But…?Posted 10 months ago
You’ll want studs.Posted 10 months ago
I prefer a concealed placket, and FFS get a proper tie and learn to tie it. Semi-collar is good.Posted 10 months ago
Last time I bought one, I received excellent service at John Lewis, their sartorial chap had me try a few styles / sizes and helped me pick one. I’d out expanded the previous one.
I used to care about being able to tie a proper bowtie but then I realised that no one actually cares once they’re over 40 and use a fake one…Posted 10 months ago
Edit, forget I said that. I appreciate its the done thing but my personal collection of ‘links is something I prefer – a stamp of uniqueness I suppose.Posted 10 months ago
Marcella front, proper collar (not wings, theyre for white tie), double cuff and ideally with studs. A fly-front shirt is OK, at a pinch.
Proper hand tied bow tie, worn slightly askew of course.Posted 10 months ago
Ordinary collar and proper studs. Get a slim fit too. Proper bow tie. Or for something different choose a black one with detailing.Posted 10 months ago
Yes CFH, Marcella front from TC linked as above in my op…. Double cuff all the time in my wardrobe.Posted 10 months ago
Ah, hadn’t spotted the link in your OP, Kryters. That looks pretty tidy. Takes studs, too, which is A Good Thing.
On a personal musing, however, I have two dinner shirts, both from Roderick Charles (my usual shirt place). Might seem expensive/extravagant given I probably wear black tie only a few times a year, but the way I look at it, they’ll last me a lifetime. Oh, and if the inevitable problem occurs, having a spare on standby can be a real bonus!Posted 10 months ago
Something from CFH’s wardrobe?
Posted 10 months ago
I think you are underestimating cfh there, that isn’t in his wardrobe, he designed it!Posted 10 months ago
works particularly well with some of his footwear choices
Make sure your cufflink match up.
I was given some from a very nice school I worked for internationally. I’ve never worn them until a board meeting a couple of weeks back. I was instantly approached by one of the board (a ‘sir’) to discuss the school and my links to it. #socialcilmbingPosted 10 months ago
Well everything is ordered but in my efforts to be a little casual I’ve made a mistake and not ordered a bow tie. A nights sleep has left me thinking I need to enter the event with one, even if it comes off later. On the plus side a rummage through my cuff link boxes reveals a pair of studs I haven’t worn before.
Back to online shopping later then!
Then after that, the which Watch for a Dinner Suit thread 😉Posted 10 months ago
Get both a proper and ‘stick on’ tie. When you arrive your tie looks good, but then later you can whip it off, and have the ‘proper’ one hanging round your neck Monte Carlo style…
Despite my best efforts my attempts at tying a proper bow tie always end up looking like ****!Posted 10 months ago
I clearly move in different circles to you lot!Posted 10 months ago
@Mary Hinge me too. I have no idea what they’re talking about. But then I did get married in trainers.Posted 10 months ago
On the plus side a rummage through my cuff link boxes reveals a pair of studs I haven’t worn before
You know you wear studs down the front of the shirt instead of buttons not on cuffs? Not clear from your posts.Posted 10 months ago
I do, its mystery why I have only two. I tipped out my cufflink box and found them at the bottom.Posted 10 months ago
I have no idea what they’re talking about
Same here.Posted 10 months ago
Are we still wearing Marcella fronted shirts? I haven’t bothered for years. Proper collar, double cuffs and a real bow tie are essential though.
For those who struggle with tying a bow tie, you do know it’s exactly the same as shoe lace knot, right?Posted 10 months ago
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