November 21, 2012

Formal Wear for Special Events

Attending a white tie affair? You can never go wrong with a sharp looking tailcoat.

Most men know what a black tie or white tie dress code generally means. However, when it comes down to rules and specifics – such as the type of weaving required for your clothing – you probably have no idea what you should actually be doing.

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November 15, 2012

Novelties are the Icing on the Cake

Fred Astaire in the classic, You'll Never Get Rich

You have been invited to attend the company’s prestigious, annual gala. It’s a great time to enjoy yourself with 5-star quality food, accept honorary titles and awards for your hard work in the business, and get to know your co-workers more. Therefore, you want to make a good and long lasting impression.

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November 12, 2012

The Perks of Learning to Dance

So your best friend’s wedding is coming up and his fiancée is dragging him to dance lessons. She insists they need to impress everyone during their first dance as a couple. He is miserable about the idea and begs you to come along to make it a little less painful. Now I know what you’re thinking.

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October 5, 2010

Boardwalk Empire and White Tie Formal Wear

Nucky Thompson in a Tailcoat

Steve Buscemi in White Tie Tailcoat

Boardwalk Empire and White Tie

Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, is the brains and the power in Martin Scorsese’s new HBO series Boardwalk Empire. Buscemi is not noted for his looks. Remember in the movie Fargo when everyone described him as the “funny looking guy?”

But if clothes make the man, then his costumes, especially the men’s formal wear that he dons, endow him with power. Buscemi in Prohibition Era white tie looks about as dapper and in control as a man can be. This is especially true when his look is contrasted with someone else in the garb of the working stiff. When we see him in his white tie talking to his driver, who is wearing the basic clothes of the day, we’re given a visual representation of the power structure.

White tie is often defined as ultra-formal men’s wear. Bescemi’s white tie includes a white wing collar shirt, peak tailcoat with cuffed sleeves and a red carnation. Throughout the series, Buscemi appears in elegant attire, making his despotic, power wielding character look civilized.

The outward, public look he projects is one of style, conformity and goodness. He looks like a businessman, but he is a gangster. His stylish costumes are a huge contrast to what everyone else wears. They define his public appearance. What does Buscemi as Thompson dress like when he’s not in public?

More often than not we see him stripped down to his boxers having sex, about to have sex or just having had sex with a beautiful woman. That’s the private man in his nakedness. Boardwalk Empire uses trendy clothes and men’s formal wear to cover up the naked truth about its conniving, booze-running, murderous main character. It does it with amazingly striking fashion.

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