Thursday, February 25, 2010
Budget Black Tie
For some odd reason I decided I needed a black tie rig. I actually do not need anything in the clothing department, but that's why they call them "obsessions."
I also decided I wanted a shawl lapel tux. Unusual these days, and maybe a little less starchy.
And then there was the always pesky budgetary question.
Patience pays — I found the suit, a Brooks Brothers model, from a guy on one of the clothing forums.
Another forumite traded me the right sort of shirt and a set of BB braces for some Wigwam socks. (New ones, I hasten to add.)
And yet another fellow sufferer donated the tie, which is a real bitch to knot.
eBay yielded a cheap set of faux-onyx studs and links, and the thrift shop had a polyester cummerbund.
I have decided to pass on the dainty little opera shoes, and though the photo here shows me in LL Bean duck boots I will wear black Park Avenues, shined to a fault.
Now all I need is a debutante to invite me to a ball.
Total cost — a little over $100 bucks.