Did you ever end up finding a suitable pair of non blackwatch odd tuxedo trousers? I am looking myself and club Monaco has the perfect pattern but they are cotton, flat front and don't have an extended tab closure :/
I did, actually, in Holland & Sherry’s formalwear fabric book. They seemed like an expensive indulgence that would only give me half of what I really wanted: a full black tie rig.
So, I’m having a new custom tuxedo made for me in a beautiful midnight navy from Huddersfield. I’m not sure if it’ll be ready by New Year’s Eve, but the end result will be worth it.
I probably wouldn’t consider trying to pull off the cotton look from Club Monaco — especially without silk piping along the legs. Also, I’d prefer the pockets be along the seam instead of slanted.
I’ve now gone full Ralph Lipshitz and started wearing my orphaned tuxedo jacket with denim and velvet slippers. This has only made me more reckless when wearing “cowboy black tie”. It would probably look really dumb at an official black-tie function, but it’s perfectly fine for karaoke on a weeknight.
I’ve been slowly accumulating a few mid-century modern pieces from a few places in the Monterey Bay area, including Milestones Modern and Retrospect Mid-Century Modern. I moved out here without any furniture, so it seemed like a good idea to start over and take my time to find some that I really liked around a certain era and design.
What Jesse says is quite true. You may be the guy who “never wears a suit”, but you will one day need one along with the necessary furnishings.
Have one sitting in a garment bag in your closet ready to go at all times. Keep a shirt pressed. A pair of perfectly shined shoes in shoe bags. Set aside the belt, tie and matching socks in a place you’ll find them easily.
You can avoid a lot of anxiety and stress for those moments when you need them and not having them will compound those same feelings.
“If you’re in the fashion world — and I have one foot in it — at some point you have to come to terms with black. Black can be very chic, and guys who are into tradition or ‘sartorial’ style are generally not into chic.”—Alan Flusser, The Rake