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Thursday, January 05, 2012

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Sorry, I've been running around like a chicken with it's head chopped off trying to put together formalwear for myself on the cheap.  Yes, I have the conundrum of having been invited to a Formal Event.  It's extremely nice of the person who invited me, but when I started pricing tuxedo rentals I was shocked.  Over $180 for something that looks like a business suit with satin lapels and a pink sateen tie?  Not even a bowtie but a regular one?  Harrumph..

So here's the deal.  I have black wool trousers, a cummerbun and bow tie.  I found a Bill Blass tuxedo jacket for $10 at the Council Thrift store that looks like it was made for me and have a pair of shiny leather loafers that can pass for evening shoes.  All I need to do is get a proper shirt and I'm done.  At least I hope so.  I know no matter what I do I will certainly not be the best dressed person at the ball, so I'm shooting for reasonable looking.  I'm sure the photos will end up on Facebook, unless I look like a gargoyle and unlink myself from them..

Here's a fragrance question: what scent?  Help me out and chime in in the comments.  Please?

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Blogger Tama said...

My initial response is to wear a "take no prisoners" scent like Route de Vetiver. Or something that smells really expensive. Or Bel Ami.

2:50 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are going to look sooooo handsome! As for your fragrance, all I can think is that you should wear whatever is your favourite/the one that makes you feel most confident and assured. Or maybe the one that is the most expensive?? It's funny, isn't it, that an invitation to an event can cause so much worry and expense? Good luck - enjoy it!


2:54 AM EST  
Blogger Tammy said...



A bit of both?

Or if you have to behave, perhaps that Stephen Jones/CdG violet?

4:39 AM EST  
Blogger Vinery said...

As you know, at functions like this everyone is self-aware and trying so very hard. Just be yourself and wear whatever strikes your fancy at the moment.

Spray lightly, have fun, and enjoy sniffing the efforts of others.

4:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think nothing beats the gorgeous oakmoss of FM's Bois D'Orage for a formal affair. Other options are Carthusia Uno, Eau Sauvage (the most dashing men I know wear ES) or its dryer and wilder cousin Annick Goutal' Eau du Sud. If you're feeling a little naughty, Nasomatto's Absinthe is a great choice, although that one definitely needs a light touch depending on the density of the event/warmth of room. Also, for some reason, Musc Botanique from SIP comes to mind. Have a fabulous time and thank you for allowing us to participate in dressing you!

10:46 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun hunt~ hope you look divine!

10:56 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly, as others have said, wearing the scent you love most/feel most confident in is a great idea. Or, if you want your fragrance to convey a bit of mystery, you might wear an intriguing wonder like Silver Factory or Jubilation XXV. They're both as sophisticated as any black tie affair, so gorgeous, so smooth. But regardless of what you choose, you know your fragrance is going to elevate the evening's experience for anyone within smell of you!

12:38 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also suggest Eau sauvage... always good... or Terre d'Hermes or even Habit Rouge Guerlain...
And Fracas would be great too....

Good luck!


2:08 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guido and I are on the same page. I'd love to catch a whiff of a gentleman in a tux wearing Eau Sauvage, Terre d'Hermes or Habit Rouge. It all depends on what image you want to waft!

Dapper gentleman, sweeping ladies onto the dancefloor, and gentlemen's money off gaming tables into his pocket: Eau Sauvage, Terre d'Hermes, Derby.

A bit wild, a bit louche, meet me out back: Habit Rouge, Musc Ravageur, Straight to Heaven, and don't cringe, but CK's Obsession came to mind as well :D

Whatever you choose, report back, please. Have a wonderful time!
--Hemlock Sillage

2:38 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would also consider Jicky, pure parfum. Guerlain at this concentration marries incredibly well with formal wear and a formal gathering. You won't be able to see yourself, but you will never doubt for one second how fantastic you smell.

michael allen

3:23 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried MDCI's Invasion Barbare? My husband's favorite, and sniffing it on him makes me swoon (a lot). Could definitely see it for a formal event. Have fun, I sure you will look (and smell) amazing!:)

6:08 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I'd love to but it's kind of a conservative affair that I'm s guest at. So I don't want to get too freaky.

9:42 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Good idea!

9:42 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I do have to behave otherwise it would me MKK

9:43 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...



9:43 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Good suggestions! I forgot about French Lover..

9:44 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...



9:44 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Thanks! I appreciate it!

9:45 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Habit Rouge! Good one!

9:45 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

Hemlock Sillage-

Derby's a good one!

9:46 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

michael allen-

Nice! Thanks!

9:47 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Haven't got that one, even a sample. Oh well.

9:48 PM EST  
Blogger Natasha said...

I'd wear Purdistance M. The smell of an Astin Martin reminds me of Cary Grant in formal attire.

11:05 PM EST  
Blogger loverdoll78264 said...

Yatagan or Knize Ten for sure!

11:14 PM EST  
Blogger Flora said...

Greyland! :-)

12:20 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


A great choice!

1:48 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...

loverdoll78264 -

I have both and love them, but think it might be a bit too much for this crowd..

1:49 AM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Great choice!

1:50 AM EST  
Anonymous lady jane grey said...

Oh dear, I'm too late - but I would have taken something from the always very elegant and lovely gentlemen like Tom (Ford) or Frederic (Malle)...

11:39 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd reach for the Rien. It works anytime I want to pull off something unlikely. It's my link with the Force.

12:59 PM EST  
Anonymous Austenfan said...

I don't know when the do is, but I would also recommend Invasion Barbare, or PdN's New York.
If you like them of course.

2:22 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


It's not too late. The 'do is tomorrow

7:55 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


I love Rien, but think it might be a bit much for this crowd

7:56 PM EST  
Blogger tmp00 said...


Great choices!

7:56 PM EST  
Anonymous Маркови парфюми said...

Yatagan is my choice! :)

3:46 AM EST  

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