Sunday, March 16, 2014

Tuxalicious: 1930s Tuxedo Pants



I sincerely hope you're not tired of seeing me in menswear, because as spake immortal Miley Cyrus, "We can't stop, and we won't stop."




These pants are on loan from my girlfriend, who wore them in a production of Father of the Bride many years ago in summer stock. And by "on loan," I mean they're mine, forever.



The NRA label dates the pants to 1933-1935, which is a terrifically specific period--I think the smallest window of any label I've come across.  They haven't reached old age without a few battle scars--moths got to them, I'm assuming while in costume storage, and the stripes down the sides have seen better days.  I've patched up the bigger holes, and I may look at trying to cover the bald spots on the stripes with some new ribbon (without disturbing the original).  I haven't been able to mend every small hole, as there's just too many, but as with people, sometimes it's better to just accept and love vintage clothing as-is.

Evidence these pants lived in a costume shop-- a slightly hurried alteration!
The stripe's a little worn at the pockets


I'm actually thrilled to have tux pants from the '30s, regardless of their condition, and to have them with suspenders? Forget about it.





I'm actually not thrilled with this photo, but I realized I totally blanked on getting a shot of the back of the suspenders, and they're visible here in the glass reflection.
*I'm not convinced the suspenders are original--I suspect the pants were taken in a couple inches, and I wonder whether, in bringing the sides together, two buttons were lost, aka they were originally fitted for two separate suspenders. Any thoughts are welcome!

It's windy out there!

14 comments :

  1. I love, love, LOVE this outfit! This is one of my favorite looks ever! Especially with the bow tie untied. So wonderful!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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    1. Thanks so much, I'm so glad you like it! I wasn't sure about posting another menswear, but I thought the pants were just too good.

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  2. Really great look! I love the girly touch of the Peter Pan collar.

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    1. That is an excellent observation, and you know, I'm not sure that was even a conscious decision! You're totally right, it helps balance everything. And thank you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! I so appreciate you commenting!

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  4. You look so fabulous in menswear it'd be impossible to get tired of it! I really love the feminine touches of the brooch, collar and heels

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    1. Thank you, that's both a compliment and a relief!

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  5. Love it! (Also, I'm kind of jealous of your menswear collection... If only I could find pieces half as excellent for my fiance!) I always find that men's pants look awkward on my figure, but they look absolutely smashing on you, and you manage to find just the right balance between masculine and feminine to create a visually striking effect.

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    1. Thanks, Frances-- well hey let's look out for menswear when we get together! I've been thinking about putting together a post on "how to do menswear." It's something I'm mulling over, and wondering whether it has more to do with attitude or just having a boyish figure...

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  6. adorable outfit. i love it from head to toe.

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  7. This is really interesting, and suits you Well. I think you have this kind of androgynity which is really beautiful. I really want to suit up and post something in trousers somedays. But I'm always in dresses.

    Xxx
    Lorna
    Http://lornasharp.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I think the androgyny thing is a sharp observation, it's something I think I must be playing with, particularly with menswear. And it gives me some ideas... thanks!

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