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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 […]

Flashback: The Powder Blue Tuxedo

November 10, 2011

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When researching the tuxedo’s history for the Guide I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing vintage menswear magazines and observing the tuxedo’s elegant evolution through the decades.  However, once I got to the late 1950s the research became somewhat nausea-inducing.  Each year the formalwear pictorials and advertisements featured progressively more awful tuxedo separates (ostensibly for summer or less […]

Flashback: Dynasty and Miami Vice Tuxedos

November 6, 2011

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In 1984 formalwear giant After Six capitalized on the hugely successful Dynasty series, a prime-time soap opera about a wealthy oil family.  It was a perfect pairing because the show  emphasized glitz and glamour and its characters were regularly cloaked in formal finery.  It was also perfect timing as the global economy was booming and […]

Downton Dinner Jacket Debut

November 2, 2011

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I love a good costume drama and Downton Abbey delivers in spades.  This universally acclaimed British television series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants at their country estate around the time of World War I.   The budget is a reported £1 million per episode and it really shows in the […]

A Bad Situation: Jersey Shore Tuxedos

November 1, 2011

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For those fortunate readers unfamiliar with the Jersey Shore reality TV series, let me summarize the tawdry details.  The show follows the day-to-day exploits of a group of lewd, vain, self-centred, semi-literate, spray-tanned New Jersey friends as they go about preening, binge drinking, brawling and trolling for one-night stands.  Rather than being dismissed as tasteless […]

Being James Bond Part II: The Accompaniments

October 31, 2011

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(originally written for MyTuxedoCatalog.com) Having established what kind of tuxedo will make you look like a secret agent instead of a formal waiter, here is your guide to the proper 007 shirt, necktie, waist covering and footwear. Bond’s CIA counterpart Felix Leiter would likely tell you that the only true tuxedo shirt is the wing […]

Being James Bond Part I: The 007 Tuxedo

October 30, 2011

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(originally written for MyTuxedoCatalog.com) For many men James Bond personifies the ultimate male.  While plenty of action heroes are skilled with fast cars and lethal force, only Bond balances these primal traits with civilized tastes and seductive charm.  Thanks to the iconic depiction of the character sporting a deadly handgun and elegant tuxedo, young men […]

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