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Perfect white tie

I am one of those people who thinks it's a shame that there is no real "dressing up" anymore. Mostly I think it's a good thing that in our daily lives we're allowed more freedom of expression in how we dress, and that we're not always being held to some rigorous arbitrary standard. But I do wish there were, in addition to that freedom, more occasions where it was expected and normal to dress according to formal rules. I love the way people, specifically men, look in formalwear, and there's just no occasion to ever wear black or white tie anymore. It's just so striking, so attractive. It lends an air of elegance, power, taste, discernment, and it looks so damn good.

Last year, the Met Gala theme was white tie. It was one of the few places outside of Downton Abbey one could actually see real people in white tie. Honestly most people didn't wear anything close to it. The handful of people who did didn't always execute it traditionally, and the aesthetic effects were variable. But the one person EVERYONE was talking about, as not only having nailed it, but having knocked it out of the park, was Benedict Cumberbatch.

Now I'm no Benedict Cumberbatch fangirl. I think he's charming and talented, but I really don't like how he's freaking everywhere, even in roles he's not suited for. I get how he's attractive but he doesn't really do it for me. But have you ever seen him in what he wore to the 2013 Met Gala? It's quite possibly the most exquisite white tie ensemble I've ever seen.

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As I said, I'm a Downton Abbey fan, so I have a fondness and a familiarity for men who look GOOD in white tie. I still keep every image from the couture men's formalwear shoot the male actors did a couple years back on my iPad. They all look hot, though most of the articles have some kind of modern twist to them. But Benedict's here is so perfectly styled, so carefully composed, so exquisitely tailored that it makes for a sort of ur-example of a classic ideal. It flatters his figure, and the details are so thoughtfully chosen-- the exact distance of the waistcoat below the cutaway, the single Albert watch chain, the perfect length of the trousers. And it SO technical and correct, going back to the earliest codifications of the style. They throw the word "timeless" around, especially when it comes to the varying levels of men's formalwear, but dressed like this, Benedict could walk into a ballroom at any minute going back to 1870, and every woman's head would turn and murmur, "Who. Is. That?"

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laurion
Feb. 21st, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Note that the hair is also coiffed in an 'ageless' style, with the part at the correct placement, and the hair appropriately swept over without obscuring the browline.
breakinglight11
Feb. 21st, 2015 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes, exactly! Excellent observation. Just another small thing that shows the power of details, and all the details here are perfect.
londo
Feb. 21st, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
One of my biggest fashion-related regrets is the fact that, with my build, it's nearly impossible for me to look good in tails.
lillibet
Feb. 22nd, 2015 05:13 am (UTC)
One of the things that makes me happy about Jason is that he owns a tux (thanks to his college choir) and therefore looks for opportunities to wear it.
jducoeur
Feb. 24th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC)
Heh. One of my mild regrets about having largely dropped out of Freemasonry is that I no longer have an excuse to wear formal so often. There was a point when I owned four tuxedos, including black tie, white tie and a blindingly white modern after-Labor-day jacket...
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My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

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