Created By: QuakPenguinMay 21, 2011 Last Edited By: QuakPenguinMay 29, 2011
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Tacky Tuxedo

The perfect suit for a Geek's Night out

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Sorry Mr Bond, but we do have a strict dresscode

Part of Hollywood Dress Code:

It's Prom Night! Or it's a wedding! It could be Shlomo's bar mitzvah but no matter what kind of an event, Wierdo McGeek is invited as well. And what kind of garment did he choose to show up with? A frilled shirt, a bowtie, a cummerbund and a tuxedo in baby blue. It's a Disco style Tuxedo John Travolta could barely look good in, but I've Seen It A Million Times that for example the Hollywood Nerd usually comes dressed up like this to a fancy event.

Contrast Sharp Dressed Man, in which formal wear makes a good impression.

Examples:

Film
  • The title character in Angus wears a particularly hideous puce-colored one.
  • Tom Hanks' character in Big has one of these (sequins galore!) in the party scene. He makes quite an entrance.
  • Dumb And Dumber: Lloyd and Harry
  • Barry Fife (Bill Hunter) wears something very like this in Strictly Ballroom.

Literature

Live Action TV

Newspaper Comic
  • Jon Arbuckle of Garfield is also been known to wear pink and purple suits as well.

Western Animation
  • American Dad: Steve's Friend Snot
  • Angry Beavers: Daggett
  • Batman Beyond: Willie Watt wears an orange version to the spring dance in the episode "Golem". Made worse by the fact that other episodes show that future formal fashions are even more streamlined than today's, meaning it was really, really out of date and it wasn't actually a formal occasion (the only guys are wearing pretty casual clothes).
  • Ron Stoppable wears one of these in Kim Possible, saying he borrowed it from his dad.
  • The Simpsons: Homer

Real Life
  • Harpo Marx, during a vacation on the French Riviera, constantly wore a tuxedo made out of green felt. He later learned that he'd become widely known as "that American in the pool-table tuxedo".
Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • May 21, 2011
    Riddlewizard
    Real life: Duct-Tape suits and dresses?
  • May 22, 2011
    ArtyMorty
    Examples from image are:

    Film

    Live Action TV

    Western Animation
  • May 22, 2011
    StarryEyed
    Does this have to be a baby blue suit specifically, or just a colored, frilled outdated suit?

    • Jon Arbuckle of Garfield. He's also been known to wear pink and purple suits as well.
  • May 22, 2011
    QuakPenguin
    When Lloyd can wear orange Jon can wear a pink one.
  • May 23, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^^^While certainly nerdy attire, I don't think that would qualify. This is about a specific kind of outdated suit that seems to pop up. I've seen enough Real Life nerds show up to formals in top hats and frills to fill the Real Life section.
  • May 23, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
  • May 23, 2011
    peccantis
  • May 23, 2011
    Rolf
    Nerd Suit is short and to the point.
  • May 23, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Nerd Tuxedo at least. Nerd Suit brings to mind tweed sportjackets. for some reason

    We may also want to avoid the word "nerd" altogether, since it's more about outcast-types in general. Who would mistake Lloyd and Harry for nerds?
  • May 23, 2011
    Rolf
    Heyyy.. Reject Tuxedo?
  • May 23, 2011
    jaytee
    ^Aww, that one's so sad. I like it.
  • May 24, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    This used to be a YKTTW on here a few months ago but now I can't find it. I thought it was called Tacky Tux for a while.
  • May 24, 2011
    peccantis
    Reject Tuxedo sound like the garment came from reject sales.
  • May 24, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
    Tacky Tuxedo seems like a good title.
  • May 24, 2011
    hevendor717
    Traditional Tacky Tuxedo?

  • May 25, 2011
    foxley
    Barry Fife (Bill Hunter) wears something very like this in Strictly Ballroom.
  • May 25, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Bubbles on Trailer Park Boys skipped the Disco-ensemble and wore something even tackier to a wedding: a tee-shirt with a tuxedo design on the front. Then again, this is Trailer Park Boys.
  • May 25, 2011
    jaytee
    ^I think that'd be a different trope altogether.
  • May 25, 2011
    Aielyn
    Am I the only one that thinks the trope title would sound better as simply Tacky Tux, rather than Tacky Tuxedo?
  • May 26, 2011
    TooBah
    Tom Hanks' character in Big has one of these (sequins galore!) in the party scene. He makes quite an entrance.

  • May 26, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^I think Tacky Tux implies just the right amount of cheese. I prefer it as well.
  • May 26, 2011
    Rolf
    Many god titles can become redirects, like my original title suggestion.
  • May 26, 2011
    32_Footsteps
    I think keeping it simple works best - Tacky Tux.

    The title character in Angus wears a particularly hideous puce-colored one.
  • May 26, 2011
    hipsterkitties
    Ron Stoppable wears one of these in Kim Possible, saying he borrowed it from his dad.
  • May 26, 2011
    Micah
    • Harpo Marx, during a vacation on the French Riviera, constantly wore a tuxedo made out of green felt. He later learned that he'd become widely known as "that American in the pool-table tuxedo".
  • May 26, 2011
    McKathlin
    Contrast Sharp Dressed Man, in which formal wear makes a good impression.
  • May 26, 2011
    McKathlin
  • May 26, 2011
    Aielyn
    Micah - is that from a Marx Brothers movie, or from Real Life?
  • May 27, 2011
    Micah
    Real Life (as described in his autobiography).
  • May 27, 2011
    peccantis
    ^^^ the robe is described as having ruffles and generally plays with the idea of a horribly oldfashioned tux
  • May 27, 2011
    StarryEyed
    • Batman Beyond: Willie Watt wears an orange version to the spring dance in the episode "Golem". Made worse by the fact that other episodes show that future formal fashions are even more streamlined than today's, meaning it was really, really out of date and it wasn't actually a formal occasion (the only guys are wearing pretty casual clothes).
  • May 29, 2011
    QuakPenguin
    Since there are five hats by now I'll kaunch this tomorrow. Any more suggestions / examples?
  • May 29, 2011
    Lavalyte
    See also those t-shirts with a pattern that makes them look like tuxedos. As seen being worn by one of the boys going to the prom in Carrie

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