Alright, SF. In two very short months, after 7+ years together, the little lady and I will be walking down the aisle. While usually very prepared it has taken me close to a year since our engagement to get my bride-to-be (and her mother...and her aunt, sisters, etc.) to warm up to the idea of me not wearing a tuxedo. The idea of standing in front of 200 friends and relatives in a wide, boxlike rented monkey suit with plastic shoes has awoken me from many a nights of sleep just as the "naked-in-school" dream plagued most teenagers. While I understand that there are other options in the tuxedo arena than "rented", the style is just not me (and I think the other lads in my wedding party would also reflect that statement). I own my own business and wear worn Japanese denim, old school Vans and button-down plaids 364 days a year. I would much prefer to wear a well tailored, black wool suit but with that comes a whole new set of questions. Some quick background; September wedding. Outdoors. 6pm. Bride's dress - not allowed to see it but I've been told it's "sleek, elegant and not that poofy." If I know her at all I'm sure it's still fairly Cinderella like. White. Bride's maid's - chocolate brown with cream-colored accents. The cut is fairly contemporary and semi-formal (sleeveless). We are both 28 years of age. I am 6', 170 so I will be looking for a fairly slender suit. If you want to know my astrological sign, just ask. So yea...questions. What button jacket would be acceptable for such an event? Solid, pattern or white shirt? Solid or patterned tie? What color scheme would you find complimentary to the women's attire as described above. Any links to examples of what you would think is acceptable would be magnificent. The almost greater question here is what would be acceptable for the best man, the two groom's men and both of our fathers to wear? We've all been to the wedding where the men of the hour all dress up like each other in matching tuxedos with carefully orchestrated bow tie color changes but what would you find appealing to the eyes in this situation? I would like my wedding party to have a common theme but would black suits with a matching tie be enough? What about our fathers? It would be extremely tacky if they were the only ones wearing tuxedos but other than a tuxedo what would you want to see a father walking his daughter down the ailse in? Sorry for the sheer length of this post but I figured the more information provided the better advice could be given. This is my first post in the "Men's Clothing" forum so please go easy on me. I'm usually lurking the streetwear forum so if anyone wants to trade for advice on Rag & Bone sizing or wants me to burn you some Shellac bootlegs, I'd be happy to return the favor. Thanks in advance. ps. I'm located in Philadelphia so I have access to some decent stores downtown (Boyd's) as well as the usual Neiman's, Nordstrom, Saks, etc. If you're in the area and can recommend other stores, I would be forever indebted.
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7/13/06 at 2:00am