Here is a question for my fellow custom clothiers, fashion-forward retailers, and guys who just care about how they look. If you or a customer are wearing their tuxedo pants slimmer and lower on the hips, choose to not wear a vest, and choose to wear a bow tie…how would you deal with the two regular buttons that will invariably be exposed below your studs?
I could not find an image of anyone’s tuxedo from last night’s Oscar Ceremonies with a jacket on…every photo featured a jacket neatly buttoned! But…Fortunately Adam Levine took his tuxedo jacket off when performing at the Oscars and gave us this very clear abs shot of his shirt front. (I can attest to the fact that most, if not all, attendees wore bow ties without cummerbunds…and when they were moving about on the Red Carpet, had two regular buttons exposed. If they wore silver or mother-of-pearl studs, the issue was masked somewhat…but those who chose larger or black-toned studs…had a visible issue between their bottom stud and pant waist band.)
Cummerbunds are pretty much a standard size, but one solution could be to have a cummerbund made with an extra horizontal pleat or two…not sure who would accomodate this request…but it’s one idea.
Another idea would be to have the shirt custom made with a full length removable placket…i.e. stud holes all the way down. This would require either finding a stud set with individual studs…or more likely, purchasing a second stud set.
What would you do if you wore this outfit?
Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom