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Part of HollywoodDressCode:

It's Prom Night! Or it's a wedding! It could be Shlomo's bar mitzvah, but no matter what kind of an event, Weirdo [=McGeek=] is invited as well. And what kind of garment did he choose to show up wearing?

A frilled shirt, a bowtie, a cummerbund, and a tuxedo in baby blue.

It's a disco-style tuxedo Creator/JohnTravolta could barely look good in, but the HollywoodNerd usually comes dressed up like this to a fancy event. Usually an over-the-top exaggeration of the schizoid styles used in the RealLife 70s, falling out of fashion as disco music died down[[note]]This in the West. You can easily see ruffled shirts in Asian and Arab countries[[/note]]. Frilly shirts and big ties in particular made a comeback during most of TheNineties and TheOughts until the very early 2010s, although suits had more conventional schemes.

A SubTrope of ImpossiblyTackyClothes.

Contrast SharpDressedMan (where the tux and the guy look good). Often found in a LoungeLizard's wardrobe.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In Issue #12 of ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic]]'', which is set in Equestria's version of TheEighties, Shining Armor's high school dance tuxedo is the epitome of this trope.
* It seems to be the case for a moment in ''ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum'' with Clark's wedding costume, but when he protests, he's told that the tacky costume was just to test his size and shoulder broadness, and then he's given a better tuxedo.


[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the backstory of ''Fanfic/SayItThrice'', Lydia sasses Film/{{Beetlejuice}} about the tacky tux he wore for their almost-wedding in the movie, saying that both that outfit and the dress he gave her were beyond ridiculous.
* When shopping for wedding attire in ''[[Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook Disorienuptials]]'', [[Franchise/DragonAge Varric]] trolls Dorian mercilessly by modeling a couple of these. Most notably, he emerges from the fitting room clad from head to toe in shocking pink... and points out that the outfit is also available in orange.

[[folder: Film ]]

* The title character in ''Film/{{Angus}}'' wears a particularly hideous purple one. He had his heart set on a "normal, socially-acceptable" black tux, but the shop had nothing else big enough to fit him.
-->'''Angus:''' It's purple.\\
'''Attendant:''' [[LessEmbarrassingTerm It's plum.]]\\
'''Grandpa:''' It's classy!\\
'''Angus & Troy:''' It's '''plum'''.\\
'''Attendant:''' It's ''your size.''
* Creator/TomHanks as Josh in ''Film/{{Big}}'' shows up to a black-tie cocktail party in a white sequined tuxedo. The party is so shocked by his appearance that he tries to surreptitiously check his fly.
* ''Film/DumbAndDumber'': Lloyd and Harry show up to a formal charity event in orange and blue tuxedos, respectively, complete with gloves, top hats, tails and walking sticks.
* Barry Fife (Bill Hunter) wears something very like this in ''Film/StrictlyBallroom''.
* In ''Film/MyCousinVinny'', Vinny shows up to court wearing a particularly hideous old maroon tux he had obtained at the last minute from the thrift store. Not like he had much of a choice; the judge had ordered him to wear a suit, and the local dry cleaners were closed due to a flu outbreak, so it was either that or his leather jacket, of which he already knew the judge disapproved.
* Film/TheMask's banana yellow zoot suit, which became his IconicOutfit.
** Also worth mentioning is Charlie's tiger-print tux.
* In ''Film/FatherOfTheBride1991'', Creator/SteveMartin's character pulls one of these out of mothballs in the attic, to the amusement of his wife and daughter. Then, for the actual wedding, he dons a knockoff Armani tux which (as he discovers when it's pointed out by other characters) is actually navy blue.
* In ''Film/AlexanderAndTheTerribleHorribleNoGoodVeryBadDay'', a mix-up at the tuxedo rental place causes Anthony's tux to be given to someone else. The only tux they have left in his size is a hideous powder blue one with a frilly shirt and a huge bow tie. He doesn't really mind this however and ends up wearing this to the prom.
* ''Film/{{Carrie}}'': The prom-shopping montage is made of this.
* The title character in ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' wears what appears to be a maroon moth-eaten velvet tuxedo with a white ruffled shirt. The white platform shoes do not help matters.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', poor Ron Weasley gets stuck wearing an old-fashioned maroon dress robe to the [[HighSchoolDance Yule Ball]]. It clashes horribly with his date's hot pink dress.
* A three-piece suit version of this appears in ''Rocket Boys'' when Homer runs into his oddball friend O'Dell while shopping. They both find something that they think is ''great'' and is eye-catching enough to get him noticed by a campaigning ''John F. Kennedy''. It's only after that when Homer reveals that the suit is bright orange. (His friend Emily Sue forces him to swap it for a normal blue one.)
* Harry Dresden incorporates one of these into his vampire costume from ''Literature/GravePeril'', as he intends to thumb his nose at the ''actual'' vampires at a costume party by dressing as a cheesy version.
* One of Wendy's feuding zombie ex-boyfriends in ''[[Literature/DanShambleZombiePI Death Warmed Over]]'' is dressed in a powder blue tuxedo. Dan marvels that anyone would ''choose'' to be buried, or to lay their late relative to rest, in a prom tux.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': Al and Tim wear these.
* Bubbles on ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'' skipped the disco ensemble and wore something even tackier to a wedding: a T-shirt with a tuxedo design on the front. Then again, this is ''Trailer Park Boys''.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}''
** Apparently Burt Hummel wore a deeply regrettable-sounding powder-blue tux with ruffled shirt and floppy bow-tie to his prom. It's probably a good thing that this is only described, not shown on-screen. What's even more mind-blowing is how Burt can admit to this and then get up nerve enough to criticise [[TheFashionista his son]] [[CampGay Kurt]] for planning to wear a very elegant formal kilt to ''his'' junior prom...
** And apparently Artie takes fashion advice from Burt, because the cherry-red outfit he wore to the junior prom made him look like Film/AustinPowers.
* The one-off special ''Series/CannedLaughter'' had a stand-up comedian dressed a extreme parody of the styles of the time (it was made in ''1979'').
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', a nerdy guy who mistakenly thinks Topanga agreed to go to the prom with him shows up at her door wearing one of these.
* In ''{{Series/Fringe}}'', Walter has one of these.
--> '''Walter''': Purple never goes out of style!
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': When Penny takes Sheldon [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qirEe8pGTJk suit-shopping]], one of his choices is a white tuxedo with tails.
* Harry is asked to accompany one of his patients to her middle school dance (he's a pediatrician) in an episode of ''Series/EmptyNest''. He pulls out his old powder blue tuxedo for the occasion. The girl then shows up to apologize, explaining that one of her classmates asked her to be his date instead... and, hilariously, the kid is wearing ''the exact same outfit.''

[[folder: Newspaper Comic ]]

* Jon Arbuckle of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' has also been known to wear [[RealMenWearPink pink]] and purple suits as well.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'': In an attempt to persuade Sara to go to the prom with him, Jeremy borrows a tuxedo that used to belong to Hector's grandfather. Only when Hector gives it to him does he discover that Hector's grandfather had been in a mariachi band.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Facade}}'', the couple's wedding photo shows groom Trip dressed in a black jacket, gray pants and pink bowtie, with a teal "flower" (really just a circular blob) in his lapel.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Wil in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' once went to a job interview in a suit better suited to the Regency. (Apparently the only other option involved a blazer that looked even weirder.) Fortunately for him, his interview was at the LocalHangout, which had a previously-established RunningGag about dressing up in old-timey outfits.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': Steve's friend Snot
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'': Daggett
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': 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 those of today, 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 ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', saying he borrowed it from his dad.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer wore a blue version to his high school prom in "The Way We Was".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'': Kin Kujira


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* [[Creator/MarxBrothers 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".
* Music/RichardCheese usually wears a tiger-striped suit. And then there's [[http://lh5.ggpht.com/_x7zCLTZzWFs/SZ2_v8GY9RI/AAAAAAAAAX4/olzal6d6hC0/s576/3290255918_f795a373a5.jpg this]].