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Wednesday, September 03, 2008


I went to get measured for Fred's wedding yesterday. Selix made me very nervous because they assured me that what they would provide would just magically fit, but that I couldn't possibly try it on until the Thursday before the wedding. Now, granted, we're not doing trousers here, but even still, we're putting a very girl shaped body into very boy shaped clothes. I really really wanted to try something on, make sure it looked decent, and feel confident. I didn't get that. In fact, I didn't even get a copy of my measurements. The only one I noticed her writing down was the 13 1/2 neck. The others seemed to be written in Selix-code. They seemed confident that a boys size 18 would fit me suitably. The size 34 coat was rather swimmy, except around the bum where it was tight. This is not an unsurprising outcome.

I'm going to ask a friend to remeasure, but it looks like I can buy a boys tailcoat on eBay for far less than they want to rent it to me for. That still doesn't much help with the try-it-on portion of the adventure, but at least I could get it shipped to me sooner than 3 days before the wedding.

Do any ladies I know own a tailcoat? If so, could I possibly try it on?


  • I think Lianna owns a tailcoat, but she's a very different size from you. I have had good luck with tailcoats at Aardvark's in SF. It in the Upper Haight (on Haight St). You can try them on. Sometimes Selix has sales of their rental stock. I would check into the Hayward or Oakland store if the Campbell store isn't doing that right now.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 11:16 PM  

  • Hi. My name is Adriane, and I'm lately John's girlfriend (big John from FNW...). We've met a couple of times, the last being at the Flogging Molly concert. It was a total fluke that I ended up on your blog today, but I happen to own a tailcoat. It's modern with a white shawl, but it's something to try on if you're of a mind. I found it on the internet, paid $20 for it...

    Are you going to the concert in the park today? English Beat? I will be there, quite possibly on stage, as I supposedly have a press pass waiting for me. Let me know if you are and I can just bring it with me.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 10:43 AM  

  • I don't know where you went, but you might go into the Selix on University. Ask for Luis Maldonado, the store manager, and tell him I sent you. Luis has taken care of me for a long time now and he's always done an excellent job. I'm sure if you explained your concerns to him he could make something happen.

    By Blogger Natalie, at 4:39 PM  

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