Post # 1
My wedding is an old hollywood theme and we just went to our tux appointment. The consultant told us that the groomsmen wearing the ivory dinner jacket and black accessories need an ivory shirt as well. All of the pictures I see online have a white shirt under the ivory jacket. I’m afraid the ivory will look dingy. Any opinions?
Post # 3
I think if you are doing an ivory dinner jacket and a white shirt, that would make the ivory look darker and possibly darker. If you are set on an ivory jacket, I would go with an ivory shirt so they match.
Post # 4
Ahh those pesky tux places! Amysoup, I must agree with you and not the consultant person. First off, I love the hollywood theme and the ivory dinner jackets. And if Rick Blaine was in a white shirt with his ivory dinner jacket, damnit then I think your groomsmen should be too. Also, a white shirt is “correct” for an ivory jacket, if you believe in black tie etiquitte. This would be why Rick Blaine and Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., are in white shirts.
A little piece of boring trivia for you: ivory formal shirts don’t really exist outside of the tux rental industry because it’s next to impossible to get two ivory shirts to come out in the same shade of ivory. Matching an ivory shirt with an ivory jacket would also be an amazing accomplishment.
So you do whatcha like but the costumers for Casablanca and Temple of Doom would have ignored your tux consultant too:
Post # 5
Yes, the ivory shirt is correct. Look at the last pic above. The ivory jacket looks dingy next to the white shirt.
Post # 6
Try it with both in the store and see what you like. I agree that we have become too matchy, matchy- killing sensibilities in some areas only to replace them with stuff like this. For example, it’s perfectly acceptable now to go without hosiery (bare-legged) but we can’t have a white shirt with a cream colored jacket? Hmnnn.
Post # 7
Here’s different lighting. The black accessories, the red carnation and the white shirt work beautifully with the ivory jacket. The contrasting elements are nice when put together:
If you want more reading on the topic:
Oh hey, here’s another one from classic Hollywood:
Post # 8
if it’s good enough for dr. jones, bogie AND bond you can be damn sure it’s good enough for me! we were just at a tux place discussing this today and they told me it is proper to have white shirt & ivory jacket.
Post # 9
A white shirt with an ivory jacket works for the classic film characters so it will work for you too. Ignore your consultant, and they should not dictate color combos. Most ivory (also called cream, etc) is virtually identical to white and most people cannot tell a difference even when looking.