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    The Monday Sales Tripod had me seriously tempted for that midnight blue shawl collar tuxedo, which seems like a heck of a buy at 225. But as my mama always said, if you don't need it, it's not a good deal, no matter what the price is!

    I know there have been discussions about whether the suit is dead, but I'm very curious, how many of you own a tuxedo, and how often do you actually wear it? I have only worn a tuxedo on a handful of occasions in my lifetime, probably limited to bad matchy-matchy tuxes at prom and weddings! Guess I could start trying to attend some more galas or something, but I really can't think of an occasion where I'd actually need to wear one (even though I still want one)!

    #2
    I own a tuxedo but only because I am a musician and need it for performances. I probably wear mine about 5 - 10 times per year because of it. If I wasn't performing, I probably would never need a tux. Even for a wedding, most grooms go with a rental and even though I own one, I don't want to rock the boat and go with the terrible rental for the wedding. Weather you need a tux or not is going to greatly depend on your personal situation.

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      #3
      I heard pre-pandemic that if you buy a tux, you'll be surprised how often opportunities come up to wear it. I image that presupposes a lot of things about where you live and how you socialize. But I thought it was funny. Hey, you can always wear it for New Year's and Halloween, so there's at least twice a year!

      I'm seriously tempted by the morning suit, myself.

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        #4
        Originally posted by bassoonguy View Post
        I own a tuxedo but only because I am a musician and need it for performances. I probably wear mine about 5 - 10 times per year because of it. If I wasn't performing, I probably would never need a tux. Even for a wedding, most grooms go with a rental and even though I own one, I don't want to rock the boat and go with the terrible rental for the wedding. Weather you need a tux or not is going to greatly depend on your personal situation.
        Funny, the only thing I could think of was symphony orchestra! Unfortunately my musical talent is limited to playing the harmonica....very poorly!

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          #5
          Originally posted by tankerjohn View Post
          I heard pre-pandemic that if you buy a tux, you'll be surprised how often opportunities come up to wear it. I image that presupposes a lot of things about where you live and how you socialize. But I thought it was funny. Hey, you can always wear it for New Year's and Halloween, so there's at least twice a year!

          I'm seriously tempted by the morning suit, myself.
          I hear tailcoats are making a big comeback! Though I'd definitely need to find a good top hat to go with that. I would love to find a reason to buy, but I think an honest examination of my social schedule is filled with more children's birthday parties and if I'm lucky fishing trips than galas and opera! Post-pandemic (and I'm not saying it's over yet), I'm just looking for a good reason to even wear a suit.

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            #6
            I honestly haven't worn a tux in many, many years - like maybe 2 decades or more. Even the wedding parties I've been a part of it's usually a suit rather than full on evening wear. I do think about buying them once in a while because I like the Opera and sometimes think it would be nice to attend and then I want to wear a tux but the only time I actually HAVE attended was at the Santa Fe Opera, which only runs in the summer and is an outdoor venue and very very few people were in tuxes. I also like the symphony.

            I did buy a velvet shawl collar dinner jacket (dark green) from J Crew this year because on post-Christmas sale the price had dropped to $39...even if I hardly wear it that was too good to pass up. I thought about buying the tuxedo pants and waistcoat from that tripod sale to combine with the velvet jacket for a "festive black tie" look - it would work great for fancier parties around Christmas and New Years and also if we go to a Christmas concert. But then if I did that I might as well just buy the tux jacket too and have both a formal black tie tux and the festive black tie look. But...I don't know anything about Charles Tyrwhitt suit quality or fit so I figured it would be better to wait on a brand I know better.
            “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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              #7
              Originally posted by mark4 View Post
              But...I don't know anything about Charles Tyrwhitt suit quality or fit so I figured it would be better to wait on a brand I know better.
              I actually do have a Charles Tyrwhitt suit. I find the quality to be adequate, and would say quite good for the price. With CT, the "price" means the sales price, never full price of course. They're constantly running sales of 40% off or greater. It's definitely better than say, Banana Republic, though I don't like it quite as much as my Spier and Mackay suit. Of course that could be a style thing more than a quality thing.

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                #8
                Would you never wear one, or very rarely wear one? Not the same. I've worn tuxedos (have owned two) only handful of times in my life, but was glad I had one. And skipped an event largely because I didn't have one at that moment.

                If storage space is not an issue, you think your body size will not change that much, and you might rarely wear it, I think a cheap tuxedo is a good thing.

                BUT even in this scenario, a very formal very dark suit is far more versatile.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by bassoonguy View Post
                  I own a tuxedo but only because I am a musician and need it for performances. I probably wear mine about 5 - 10 times per year because of it. If I wasn't performing, I probably would never need a tux.
                  Same here. I have a tuxedo with a notched collar. Every time I see a peak or shawl collar tuxedo go on sale on Dappered, I get the itch, but sitting in the back of the orchestra (tuba) the collar style doesn't make a heck of a lot of difference. Even when I'm conducting the band at school (music teacher) people are watching the kids, not me. When this one gets worn out, I'll check the coupon codes here for a more stylish tuxedo.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by CK83 View Post

                    Funny, the only thing I could think of was symphony orchestra! Unfortunately my musical talent is limited to playing the harmonica....very poorly!
                    Yep, symphony orchestra is correct. Even if you were into opera, I don't think attending the event calls for a tux these days. A dark suit would do just fine.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by andrewrg View Post

                      Same here. I have a tuxedo with a notched collar. Every time I see a peak or shawl collar tuxedo go on sale on Dappered, I get the itch, but sitting in the back of the orchestra (tuba) the collar style doesn't make a heck of a lot of difference. Even when I'm conducting the band at school (music teacher) people are watching the kids, not me. When this one gets worn out, I'll check the coupon codes here for a more stylish tuxedo.
                      George Clooney wears a notch lapel tux almost exclusively. If it's good enough for him...
                      “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by bassoonguy View Post

                        Yep, symphony orchestra is correct. Even if you were into opera, I don't think attending the event calls for a tux these days. A dark suit would do just fine.
                        My parents attend the symphony fairly regularly and my dad just wear suits, or even a sport coat with trousers. I'm sure a suit is fine for the Opera these days too...the events one needs a tux for these days are really, really few and far between, unless you run with a crowd that throws gala fundraising events. Mostly I want one out of some aspirational type fantasy - I like the books of PG Wodehouse - they're set (mostly) in Jazz Age England (sometimes NYC) either in London or some country estate where people "dress for dinner" which back then meant full on white tie and tails. Black tie is the closest to that one can aspire to these days. Then there's of course James Bond.
                        “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” – Mark Twain

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by mark4 View Post

                          Then there's of course James Bond.
                          This. I think this is it for me. Fun to fantasize. Though, in real life I am far more likely to find myself in a riverboat casino losing at $10 a hand blackjack than a casino in Macau!
                          Last edited by CK83; April 13, 2021, 09:39 AM.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by JT10000 View Post

                            BUT even in this scenario, a very formal very dark suit is far more versatile.
                            I have a midnight blue (or super-dark navy) three piece that would probably pass in a pinch. Might not be the bell of the ball, but I doubt you'd get too many side eyes save for the fanciest of events.

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                              #15
                              I have a lot of "black tie" related wear. I also find opportunities to wear it.

                              Even just going out to dinner, maybe not tux pants but a dinner jacket and bow tie ups the standard.

                              We're looking forward to embassy parties starting up again soon so we can start playin fancyschmancy again. We're doing a vow renewal in a few years in New Orleans and we may already be planning the wardrobe, me looking at a seersucker or linen tux for the day. If we end up down south once I retire (or at least hangin there a lot) then it'll come in handy for summertime schmoozin.
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