Originally Posted by ineffable
i would wear something relatively simple. My prom was really informal, so I'm not sure if any of this next bit is viable at all for you. Also, I'm not sure how well the suit you have would work as a three-piece suit, or if you have a suit already (i wore a 3-piece boss suit to my prom, with a pink (before everyone started wearing it) dress shirt and a white tie..girlfriend was wearing a pink/white dress)... personally, i would wear a three piece suit, a white dress shirt with subtle silver pinstripes, and a black silk tie. If you can get an interesting vest that is an added bonus. Nice shoes will do wonders. Personally, i wouldn't get a french cuff dress shirt, but wearing cufflinks is a nice touch. However, the good thing about a vest is that for an after party you can just take off your suit jacket, and roll up your dress shirt sleeves and you'll still be well-dressed, and that doesn't work too well with french cuffs.
To be honest, fit is the most important thing. Get your suit altered and you will probably automatically be the best dressed guy.
that sounds great. what would an "interesting" vest be? and where would i go about shopping for one.
Originally Posted by Max
Prom is by definition formal. It's the occasion that lets young women everywhere pick out and wear evening gowns for the first time in their lives.
Look nice, but don't draw too much attention to yourself. Your date's outfit is more important than yours is. Just get something that fits you well and compliments your date's dress a little bit. A Black 3 piece suit, white shirt, real black bow tie, and crystal shirt studs will be perfect.
If you want to show off get yourself a black ascot and wear it with an open spread-collar shirt.
mmm i completely agree i just didn't want to look completely boring, and i needed some ideas. black bow tie with a regular suit looks sort of weird doesn't it? then again i don't know the difference between a tuxedo suit jacket and a regular suit jacket.
also what are crystal shirt studs? and what's a black ascot?