Tuxedo for Crimbo Ball

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#1
Righty ho ho ho ....

It's that time of the year again and the Christmas Ball is approaching fast. So, I have sorted out my gown, etc etc. Now I'm about to buy the OH tuxedo off the net and after measuring him over the weekend ( :wink: ) I have his trousers size but I'm confused over the size of the jacket and so I'm here for some advice.

I buy my jackets and tops according to chest size, how is it with men? How do I work out what size of jacket I need to buy for him? by measuring his shoulders or all around his chest?

I had a look at all his jackets, including his uniforms, and they're all slightly different sizes. His civvy clothes are mostly size M.

Also, looking at the prices on the net I can't figure out whether they're good quality suits or not, what should I look for when finally purchasing one?

As with regards to shoes, some sellers offer deals where patent shoes are included. I always found them quite tacky, should I just buy him leather shoes?

Is there anything else I have to look for before buying the tuxedo? I just want him to look smart and classy but all within a reasonable price.
 
#2
Yeah, you can stop calling it a tuxedo, it's a bloody dinner jacket.
 
#7
Can't he sort it out himself? How old is he 13?
 
#9
A nice present for your OH. Obviously the more you spend on a dinner suit the better quality it will be. Having said that you should be able to pick up a reasonable one for between £100 and £200. Don't buy him a cummerbund because they are a pain and look naff anyway, likewise patent leather shoes. Good Oxfords or even George Boots will do. Black socks, a good shirt with button studs and double cuffs. Regimental cuff links are a suitable accessory for a JNCO. DJ should be single breasted and held in place by waste band with braces. Trousers should break at the 3rd eyehole on the shoe if worn or roughly 3/4 inch from floor if wearing George boots. The bow tie should be one that needs to be tied, you will probably have to learn to tie it for him too! At a push buy a ready tied one but remember that James Bond always ties his own. Black is the usual colour but other colours are acceptable if uniform and not too garish.
The opportunities for wearing a DJ are few and far between in the Army as mess dress is worn in both the Sergeants' and Officers' messes so don't go overboard on price. If you are likely to attend a lot of civvi formal occasions then go ahead and spend a bob or two.
Remember that you should be wearing webbing and go commando (a little piece of etiquette that is often forgotten). Oh and don’t forget to send me a photo of you in said webbing so I can let you know if it is adjusted properly.
 
#10
Markintime said:
A nice present for your OH. Obviously the more you spend on a dinner suit the better quality it will be. Having said that you should be able to pick up a reasonable one for between £100 and £200. Don't buy him a cummerbund because they are a pain and look naff anyway, likewise patent leather shoes. Good Oxfords or even George Boots will do. Black socks, a good shirt with button studs and double cuffs. Regimental cuff links are a suitable accessory for a JNCO. DJ should be single breasted and held in place by waste band with braces. Trousers should break at the 3rd eyehole on the shoe if worn or roughly 3/4 inch from floor if wearing George boots. The bow tie should be one that needs to be tied, you will probably have to learn to tie it for him too! At a push buy a ready tied one but remember that James Bond always ties his own. Black is the usual colour but other colours are acceptable if uniform and not too garish.
The opportunities for wearing a DJ are few and far between in the Army as mess dress is worn in both the Sergeants' and Officers' messes so don't go overboard on price. If you are likely to attend a lot of civvi formal occasions then go ahead and spend a bob or two.
Remember that you should be wearing webbing and go commando (a little piece of etiquette that is often forgotten). Oh and don’t forget to send me a photo of you in said webbing so I can let you know if it is adjusted properly.


Well saved MT
 
#11
Markintime said:
Remember that you should be wearing webbing and go commando (a little piece of etiquette that is often forgotten). Oh and don’t forget to send me a photo of you in said webbing so I can let you know if it is adjusted properly.
Something from here might be an idea post your thoughts here and we will let you know what we think in our, professional manner Ideas

And they offer a 20% discount now to teh armed forces
 
#12
http://www.slaters.co.uk/content/frameset.asp?page=s1

This a a good company who do a good range of DJs etc right across the price range. They also do alterations in store and it takes 4-5 days.
In the formalwear section there is also a measurement guide that will assist you with what and where to measure from/to.
If you live too far away from a store it wont help but at least you will have the measurement guide.
 
#13
I think Cummerbunds and braces can complete the ensemble with a classic DJ , like wot I has.

Mind you, a Regimental one I've just found out costs 20 Squids. Blimey!
 
#15
Markintime said:
A nice present for your OH. Obviously the more you spend on a dinner suit the better quality it will be. Having said that you should be able to pick up a reasonable one for between £100 and £200. Don't buy him a cummerbund because they are a pain and look naff anyway, likewise patent leather shoes. Good Oxfords or even George Boots will do. Black socks, a good shirt with button studs and double cuffs. Regimental cuff links are a suitable accessory for a JNCO. DJ should be single breasted and held in place by waste band with braces. Trousers should break at the 3rd eyehole on the shoe if worn or roughly 3/4 inch from floor if wearing George boots. The bow tie should be one that needs to be tied, you will probably have to learn to tie it for him too! At a push buy a ready tied one but remember that James Bond always ties his own. Black is the usual colour but other colours are acceptable if uniform and not too garish.
The opportunities for wearing a DJ are few and far between in the Army as mess dress is worn in both the Sergeants' and Officers' messes so don't go overboard on price. If you are likely to attend a lot of civvi formal occasions then go ahead and spend a bob or two.
Remember that you should be wearing webbing and go commando (a little piece of etiquette that is often forgotten). Oh and don’t forget to send me a photo of you in said webbing so I can let you know if it is adjusted properly.
Cheers Mark, I bought him a DJ+trousers off eBay and got a bargain, I'm happy. I went to www.blacktieguide.com for some guides and it paid off. I'll learn how to tie the bow tie.
 
#16
Is this all designed to be a surprise for your OH? You seem to be going to a lot of trouble over something he should be more than capable of organising himself!

If he's going to get the opportunity to wear DJ often, you can't beat a Marks & Spencers off the peg machine washable DJ. Less than £100 and a great fighting suit. Especially if you tend to end up in the pond in Gutersloh...
 
#17
Does anyone else feel that cumerbands if worn by someone partial to the bar can look absolutely horrendous? The only time I have ever seen one pulled off it was by some bloke who could actually put a spirit level to his stomach and get a decent reading! As for the bow tie, loud ones will never be acceptable! Black self tied bow tie is the only thing that should ever be permitted!
 
#18
foodie said:
Does anyone else feel that cumerbands if worn by someone partial to the bar can look absolutely horrendous? The only time I have ever seen one pulled off it was by some bloke who could actually put a spirit level to his stomach and get a decent reading! As for the bow tie, loud ones will never be acceptable! Black self tied bow tie is the only thing that should ever be permitted!
Since the gentleman is a member of RMP perhaps a bright red bow tie with matching waistcoat. Maybe even a blue flashing LED inserted into either ‘wing’ of the bow as well. :lol:

Agree about the cummerbund. Most people end up with a broad white 'grin' between waist band of trousers and bottom of cummerbund. Also a target for every cerebrally-challenged fellow reveller to twang followed by inevitable knee-jerk reaction on wearer's part.
 
#19
I was under the impression that a cummerbund was a must for single breasted DJs if not wearing a waistcoat. It certainly is on every black tie function that I attend.
 

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