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Wedding garb

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Late this May I'll be going to Reno, of all places, with my girlfriend to a wedding.. it's a highschool friend of hers, and I doubt I'll know anyone else at this thing. I'm 22, my girlfriend is 20, and the bride and groom are of same age, so I imagine a decent portion of the guests will be as well. The invitation specified "semi formal", and in my ignorance, I don't really know what that means. Any thoughts on what I should wear? I need a new suit anyways so assume I'll be picking up new threads for this shindig. For reference, I'm 6'1", 160lbs, dirty blond hair and fair skin.
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Traditionally, semi-formal is a tuxedo, but to most people, it's a suit and tie, and to others, a dress shirt and slacks. (What's the world coming to? I mean, really...) To be on the safe side, you could just ask the bride or groom what they're expecting. Otherwise, a dark suit, white shirt, white pocket square, and classy - but vibrant and distinctive - woven silk tie never fails for such an occasion... Nick.
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Hm. If semi-formal is a tuxedo, then what's "formal"?
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"Traditionally", formal eveningwear is a tail coat (aka the penguin suit). The tuxedo apparently caused a huge uproar when it made its first appearance at the Tuxedo Club (NYC) in the late 1800's, a casual ensemble comparable to the tux shirt and jeans combo that seems popular these days, I assume. Of course, I don't know that anyone who hadn't just pulled a latter day Encino Man today who would say that a tux is semi-formal. Semiformal is commonly taken to mean a business suit. Casual is a sportsjacket and (non-matching) trousers. But it would be foolhardy to assume that everyone knows these conventions. When in doubt, it's best to ask. I personally like to take liberties. If someone writes "casual", I'll invariably wear jeans, and just throw a slim-cut jacket (black or pinstripe blue) over the whole deal for a Strokes mixed with Ramones effect. At a wedding, however, a dark suit with the proper (but not arch) accoutrements is usually appropriate.
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