October 23, 2012

Get That Tuxedo Ready – Will You Marry Me?

Before the big day comes the big question - will you marry me?

It’s a  four word phrase that can evoke a reaction that varies from happiness and excitement to reluctance and fear.

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October 15, 2012

The Tuxedo Through American History Pt. 2

Ryan Gosling reliving the counterculture era by wearing colored tuxedos (via barefoot-duchess.blogspot.com)

In my previous article, I discussed the birth and evolution of the tuxedo to the 1930′s and what men’s formal attire was popular prior to that time. We also found out who made the tuxedo and from where it was made, as well as its informal alternate options.

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October 12, 2012

The Tuxedo Through American History Pt. 1

Early advertisements for the tuxedo (via blog.blacktieguide.com)

Many historians agree that the tuxedo was created in 1886 by Pierre Lorillard IV, a resident of Tuxedo Park, a town located just outside of New York City. American males, specifically those of the affluent variety, witnessed a momentous change in men’s formal wear with the addition of this new look.

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September 10, 2012

The Perfect Tuxedo for Fall

The leaves are starting to change color, the air is losing its sweltering feel, and the calendar year is ending in a few months. We are familiar with this time of the year, yet it always seems to sneak up on us. Upon arrival you’re always asking yourself, “where did the year go?” At least, I always ask that question. (more…)

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August 29, 2012

Past NBA Draft Tuxedo-style Mishaps

Joakim Noah in Vintage Tux at NBA Draft

In a matter of months, millions of fans worldwide will literally be glued to their television sets to witness the start of the 2012-2013 National Basketball Association regular season. Yes, it’s almost that time of year to take great delight in watching NBA players complete an 82-game marathon consisting of powerful, flashy slam dunks and ankle-breaking cross-overs intertwined with complex, fast-paced offensive and defensive strategies, in hopes of winning the Larry O’Brien trophy next June. Approaching the start of the season there are many story-lines to consider. For example, how will newly drafted rookies perform on their respective teams? What are the expectations of last year’s contending playoff teams? And how will non-contending teams rise to prominent status? Rather than analyzing and answering these questions for the 30 or so NBA teams, I thought about the rookies; specifically about how they dressed when they were drafted and I wondered, what type of tuxedo did each player wear? And, what were some of the most embarrassing tuxedos worn recently?

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June 29, 2012

Obama vs. Romney – Style and Flair on the 2012 Campaign Trail

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Vie for the Oval Office.

Mitt Romney. Barack Obama. With the presidential election a few short months away, the 2012 campaign for the oval office is definitely heating up. Both candidates are touring the country, making speeches and public appearances as they battle for the nation’s highest office. We at Fine Tuxedos thought we’d scrutinize both the Incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and the Republican challenger Mitt Romney according to the most all-important but seldom-discussed criterion of them all: style. Both men have presidential hopes, but do they have the wardrobe necessary to lead the nation? Let’s take a closer look at the candidates and see how they hold up. (more…)

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June 15, 2012

2012 Tony Awards – Tuxedos and Black Ties Steal the Show

Armani Tuxedos Golden Globes

Stars showed up in style at the 66th Annual Tony Awards.

The ceremony at last weekend’s Tony Awards was quite the show – host Neil Patrick Harris wowed viewers, James Corden shocked the world as the surprise winner of the award for Best Actor, and the ceremony itself generated not a little controversy with its spot for Royal Carribean International. But the real story of the night was the dazzling array of well-dressed men on the red carpet, on the stage, and in the audience. A whole host of actors showed up in their best duds; we give you the highlights of the night.

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Summer 2012: When and Why to Wear a Tux

Now that Memorial Day is behind us and it’s well into summer, you’re likely thinking that it’s time to hang up the formal attire, break out the grill, and relax. While you should by all means be thinking about some quality barbeque, though, don’t be so ready to throw your nice duds in the back of the closet. Prom might be over, and graduation parties are already done with, but summer is a season full of opportunities for you to fit into that tuxedo and class it up. (more…)

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June 13, 2012

Where was Your Tuxedo Last Night?

Man, last night was killer. Good thing you don’t have to return those clothes, right? Read about how buying your tux might be the better move.

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November 17, 2010

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal—a Vision in Black?

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal—a Vision in Black Tie

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal—a Vision in Black....Tie?

Grauman’s Chinese Theatre was the setting as the new film by director Edward Zwick, Love & Other Drugs, premiered in Hollywood on November 4, 2010. Jake Gyllenhaal was on hand. Of the men at the premiere, he wore one of the more formal looking outfits.

Paladin?

Gyllenhaal’s outfit was a bit reminiscent of Richard Boone who played Paladin in the late 1950s- early 1960s TV series Have Gun Will Travel. I always liked Boone’s look. I thought he was very cool. He was dressed all in black and looked extremely intimidating. I like Gyllenhaal’s look too. That is to a degree.

Contrasts

The big difference between Boone and Gyllenhaal (besides the cowboy hat and gun) is that the former created some contrast with the white tie. It gave depth to his look and also, because it did contrast with the rest of his outfit, reinforced the black outfit.

With Gyllenhaal, there is no contrast in color. There are some interesting texture choices as the suit has a subtle pattern that is mimicked by the shirt, while the tie is plain black. There are three different black tones that are offered individually by each piece and this does create some contrast. But is it enough?

Matter of Taste

Gyllenhaal’s outfit is a matter of taste. (Isn’t everything?) It seems to be too dark for a guy sporting a black scruff of a beard and black hair. He needs to lighten up a bit. Add some color or at least some white. Maybe a pocket square if not a different tie? I mean, Paladin did, and he was a very serious guy.

It is good to see some actors like Gyllenhaal dressing for premieres. The women always do and usually look great!

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal wore all black to the premiere of Love & Other Drugs. Picture with the actor are actress Anne Hathaway, director Edward Zwick and actor Hank Azariaand.

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Richard Boone as Paladin
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