Browsing All posts tagged under »Continental Look«

All the Trimmings

June 18, 2012

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Most people are familiar with the use of lapel facings to add flair to a tuxedo but likely few are aware that the jacket’s collar and cuffs can be used for this purpose as well. The history of formalwear trimmings can be traced back to the first evening tailcoats produced during the English Regency.  They […]

Flashback: The Continental Look

January 6, 2012

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A reader from Greece recently asked for help in identifying the neckwear in this vintage picture of the acclaimed bouzouki player Gianni Stamatiou aka Sporo.  It is actually a variation of the continental tie that snaps together in the back rather than in front, much like a ladies choker.  It’s still available from at least […]

Flashback: The Continental Tie

November 28, 2011

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In America in the late 1950s the traditional boxy and bulky cuts of English suits gave way to the slimmer and more youthful Italian cut which became known as the Continental Look.  To complement this new streamlined style of tuxedo, formalwear manufacturers introduced the continental tie, a wide strip of black silk or satin that […]

The Mad Men Tuxedo: Damn Right Your Dad Wore It

November 16, 2011

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(Originally written for MyTuxedoCatalog.com) Much of Mad Men’s success is due to its depiction of late 1950s / early 1960s middle-class lifestyle, a period one writer described as “the last time hip was adult — suits, ties, and tuxedos were hip, and so was the Chivas-Regal-good-life advice of Playboy magazine.” The era’s unique confluence of […]

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