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2013/03/11 21:50:36 (permalink)

Do you own Formal wear?

I was looking through our local paper today and saw many local people dressed in formal wear for the various fundraisers that are very prevalent this time of year. I have never owned a tuxedo and am 65 years old. I have rented one a couple times over the years but never thought of investing in one of my own. Probably a wise decision on my part as anything that fit me years ago doesn't stand a chance today. So how about it, do you own a "monkey suit"?
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/11 22:05:24 (permalink)
    Same with me.  last one I wore was as a Prom chaprarone each year in the nineties for the school where I worked.
     
      I do have a full-garb Academic Robe with the Ed.D Collars  and Striped sleeves (Chevons?) Haven't used it in 13 years either, but the size is not an issue with it.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/11 22:33:09 (permalink)
    Ladies often wear tuxedo pants...for bartending.

    They'll always fit...or it's time to turn-in the shakers.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/11 22:43:23 (permalink)
    I've had to rent a tuxedo before, when as part of the deck crew for a show we had to go out on stage during full light to move scenery so they dressed us all as butlers. It was a production of the Importance of Being Earnest. Does that count?
     
    As far as formal wear like a dress...that I own. When my union local celebrated our 100th anniversary, I had to buy a prom dress (that's what I called it, anyway) for the party. I've since actually had occasion to wear it more than once. I've also got maid of honour and/or bridesmaid dresses from several weddings stored in the front hall closet, although I've never found any reason to wear one of those again.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 00:45:39 (permalink)
    i am on my  second tux. At a decent place you will pay about the same as 3 rentals. I wear it to formal parties, cruises and even occasionally with a Venetian Mardi Gras mask for Halloween. Sometimes it is nice to wear to a classical concert or a play/musical. Nothing wrong with dressing up!
    post edited by EdSails - 2013/03/12 13:27:17
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 04:46:10 (permalink)
    I bought a tux about 25 years ago.  I have worn it perhaps a dozen times.  My company went casual about 20 years ago and I have not worn a suit or tux since.
     
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 06:53:53 (permalink)
    Bought one 12 years ago for a Bar Mitzvah.  Not a premium one, but the whole deal (icluding shoes) was not a lot more than a rental.
     
    Wore it again a few years ago at The Prime Rib in Washington D.C.  I don't think any of the three locations require a tie anymore.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 10:28:25 (permalink)
    Along the same lines what was a  "Dinner jacket"? I've only seen them in (older) movies. It was a white jacket  iirc with dark pants and it seems a particular type tie. I've never worn nor owned one.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 10:44:30 (permalink)
    Never owned a tux, only worn one three times for weddings, didn't even wear one at my own wedding.
    If I'm required to dress formally for an occasion, I generally won't go unless it's absolutely necessary... which I find most things aren't. I don't even own a regular suit. Not that I dress like a slob, I just hate wearing formal wear. I will wear a tie occasionally... for job interviews and maybe funerals.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 11:07:45 (permalink)
    Thoreau said to "beware of all enterprises that require new clothes". I think that warning applies especially to formal wear.Never had one, never will!
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 12:16:55 (permalink)
    We used to go to a number of formal things like charity balls and one lady we knew through one of the charities always had a very formal Holiday party (servants and such) that we went to a few years. Haven't worn formal ware in about 15 year. Shorts and a hoodie are my thing now!
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 12:19:37 (permalink)
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    Ladies often wear tuxedo pants...for bartending.

    They'll always fit...or it's time to turn-in the shakers.

    Or let me handle them!
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 12:22:19 (permalink)
    I bought A new one 2 yrs ago, had to go from a 40R to a 42R, not happy about that!
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 12:36:20 (permalink)
    ces1948:  Actually, a "dinner jacket" is  the British term for a tuxedo; they informally refer to them as "DJ"s. They are usually black or midnight blue. A white dinner jacket is sometimes worn in the tropics with black pants.  However, Jeeves (as in the Bertie Wooster stories by P.G. Wodehouse) was appalled at Bertie Wooster's short white dinner jacket; he thought that wearing one made Bertie look like a waiter.
     
    White TIE, on the other hand, is the ultra-formal full evening dress for men that includes a tail coat and white tie (as in the Fred Astaire movies of the 1930s). 
     
    My husband owns and wears formal highland dress -- a kilt worn with a Prince Charlie jacket and vest, with a wing-collar shirt and bow tie.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 12:42:14 (permalink)
    I bought a tux last year. I auditioned for, and got into, the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus, an all-volunteer chorus that performs in the premier choral festival in North America every May, as well as supporting the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops orchestras. (http://www.mayfestival.com).  I am getting better at putting it on; it takes less time now.
    We do four concerts in May over two weekends. We also perform for or five times a year in the Symphony's concerts, so I figure i'll wear it nine or ten times a year.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 13:30:34 (permalink)
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             My husband owns and wears formal highland dress -- a kilt worn with a Prince Charlie jacket and vest, with a wing-collar shirt and bow tie. 
     
    I've met several gentlemen on cruises, usually from Scotland, wearing dress kilts. I must say (especially as the owner of a Scottish terrier) they can look very impressive all decked out in the kilts.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 13:42:23 (permalink)
    If I can't go somewhere in clean jeans, a pressed shirt and newer cowboy boots, I don't need to go. I do have a sport coat to throw on for wedding/funeral.
    I did have to wear a tux once, for a restaurant awards ceremony where I was a nominee, never again.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 13:53:53 (permalink)
    I'm on my 4th or 5th tux with two different style jackets (a knotch lapel and a shawl lapel) I also have a white jacket (Shawl lapel), and tails (Peak Lapel). I have two white vests, 2 black vests and a special white half-vest (no back) for my tails. I have bow ties in Red (2), Black(3), Green, White(2), Magenta, Plaid, powder blue, and a few others, all have matching cumberbunds (although I rarely, if ever, wear those any more!).
     
    I wear some assortment of tux apparel at least once a month - usually the regular black tux, with white vest and white bow tie, if not more. Maybe 20 times per year. In the summer months (Memorial to Labor Day) I wear my white jacket in place of the black. My tails get used about once per year.
     
    However, I NEVER wear a tux when going out to eat, or a play, or classical concert. And I can't recall the last black-tie event I went to. If I went to the opera, I would wear my black shawl lapelled tux.
     
     
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 13:55:36 (permalink)
    I love men in full Scottish dress!! It looks so formal!
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 14:49:27 (permalink)
    Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 15:30:31 (permalink)
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    Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man.

     
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 15:56:26 (permalink)
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    I'm on my 4th or 5th tux with two different style jackets (a knotch lapel and a shawl lapel) I also have a white jacket (Shawl lapel), and tails (Peak Lapel). I have two white vests, 2 black vests and a special white half-vest (no back) for my tails. I have bow ties in Red (2), Black(3), Green, White(2), Magenta, Plaid, powder blue, and a few others, all have matching cumberbunds (although I rarely, if ever, wear those any more!).

    I wear some assortment of tux apparel at least once a month - usually the regular black tux, with white vest and white bow tie, if not more. Maybe 20 times per year. In the summer months (Memorial to Labor Day) I wear my white jacket in place of the black. My tails get used about once per year.

    However, I NEVER wear a tux when going out to eat, or a play, or classical concert. And I can't recall the last black-tie event I went to. If I went to the opera, I would wear my black shawl lapelled tux.



     
    I agree with the vests---I have a black vest/tie, pale lime green and mustard yellow. Makes it nice on cruises when there are several formal nights. 
    So where do you wear the tuxes? Sounds like you really get use out of them!
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 19:03:58 (permalink)
    I can't think of one Roadfood restaurant that would let me in wearing a tux. My wife told me she is burring me in the garden, I think she saw how much I paid for fertilizer last week, no tux need for that. The last time I checked I wasn't up for a Emmy Award, so I guess I'm good for another 50 yrs of no Tux needed. Blue jeans, shirt and sneakers..........get's me where I'm going and people I like being with.....................pnwc
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 19:32:23 (permalink)
    When my brother got married  (or was it his Bar Mitzvah?)  Hmmmm....
     
    My dad went downtown to the garment district (Los Angeles) and found that it was cheaper to buy both of them each a tux than to rent them.
     
     
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 20:09:54 (permalink)
    Owned several over the years. Especially necessary when I lived in the UK.  None fit anymore
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/12 22:08:39 (permalink)
    In late 1999 I tried on my old tux thinking I would need it for a New Years 2000 event.  I had not worn it since my marriage and could not get on at all.  So I bought a new one, but then my wife had to work that night (remember Y2K).  I've only worn it a couple of times since then on cruises, but the last one we were on did not have a single formal night (even though it was a higher end cruise line).  
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/13 15:51:28 (permalink)
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    So where do you wear the tuxes? Sounds like you really get use out of them!

    I'm a musician...well, aside from my day job, I'm a musician: conductor, play french horn and singer. The ensemble I conduct performs concerts every month, I play gigs from time to time, and guest conduct some ensemble around here occassionally as well.
     
    I've been performing concerts in a tux since high school.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/13 16:38:01 (permalink)
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    I can't think of one Roadfood restaurant that would let me in wearing a tux. My wife told me she is burring me in the garden, I think she saw how much I paid for fertilizer last week, no tux need for that. The last time I checked I wasn't up for a Emmy Award, so I guess I'm good for another 50 yrs of no Tux needed. Blue jeans, shirt and sneakers..........get's me where I'm going and people I like being with.....................pnwc

    I think any Roadfood place would let you in with a tux on. They are not snobs and would accept you with no problem but might snicker a little! Even Chewy would greet you!!!
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/13 16:50:28 (permalink)
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    My husband owns and wears formal highland dress -- a kilt worn with a Prince Charlie jacket and vest, with a wing-collar shirt and bow tie.

    As I already posted, I hate dressing up... but after much thought, I'd definitely wear that. I'm part Scottish anyway.
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    Re:Do you own Formal wear? 2013/03/13 18:35:17 (permalink)
    I'm impressed! I was a violin major (concertmaster)  in school and spent a few years as a university music major. I was the youngest member of the San Fernando Valley Orchestra when our conductor was none other than the famous film and music composer, Elmer Bernstein. Unfortunately, after playing in some community orchestras in the 90's, I gave it up. I think it is great that you still play and conduct. Bravo!
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    So where do you wear the tuxes? Sounds like you really get use out of them!

    I'm a musician...well, aside from my day job, I'm a musician: conductor, play french horn and singer. The ensemble I conduct performs concerts every month, I play gigs from time to time, and guest conduct some ensemble around here occassionally as well.

    I've been performing concerts in a tux since high school.


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