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post #16 of 25
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post #17 of 25
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Is this jacket ok for something like a cocktail party? I have the same one and was thinking I could do the jeans thing if that isn't too dressed down for a cocktail party.


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Also, for a christmasy (if that's a word) tie would any of these work with the jacket above?

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Edited by Texastyle - 11/14/11 at 10:13pm
post #18 of 25
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I received an invitation to a holiday party and the suggested dress code is "holiday cocktail attire". Does anyone know exactly what that means? I'm not sure if I should wear a suit, sportcoat, or an ugly christmas sweater. I'm going with a girl I've had a crush on for a long time, so I want to look nice, but I am afraid to put my best effort forward and be over dressed. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Edit: Some important info- Its at an art gallery, its for members of a graduate program and everyone there will be in their mid 20s, and its Texas so I never know if its going to be classy or not.

I will wear the grey suit, white shirt and white PS. Make sure your shoes looks good (no square toe, proper GYW shoe)
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

I received an invitation to a holiday party and the suggested dress code is "holiday cocktail attire". Does anyone know exactly what that means? I'm not sure if I should wear a suit, sportcoat, or an ugly christmas sweater. I'm going with a girl I've had a crush on for a long time, so I want to look nice, but I am afraid to put my best effort forward and be over dressed. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Edit: Some important info- Its at an art gallery, its for members of a graduate program and everyone there will be in their mid 20s, and its Texas so I never know if its going to be classy or not.


Something like this

 

http://www.paulstuart.com/product_info.cfm?ProdID=4777&ProdCatId=1035&MainCatId=14&HEADERMENUID=0&subProdCatID=0
 

 

post #20 of 25
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One thing that also has me worried is my limited options. I'm a poor college student so I only have a grey suit or a khaki colored herringbone sport coat. I guess I can always try to grab something in Houston when I'm off for Thanksgiving break.



You can't go wrong with a navy blazer and since you're in Houston I'd recommend one that is a lighter weight wool or wool blend so you'll get some use out of it. No point in buying weights that you would wear in New England 7 months a year. I wear tropical weight wool for the other 5 months which is fine even if it's chilly in May or Sept.

 

post #21 of 25
Seriously, call and ask the host what is meant by "holiday cocktail attire." Or ask a friend what he will wear.

Style is heavily dependent on context. If your aim is to make others pleased with you, then you should calibrate your attire to fit (a) what you expect everyone will be wearing and (b) what you expect everyone will be expecting you to wear. A navy blazer with a pocket square, that could be smashing or that could be a disaster. The context will determine this. 20-something graduate students at an art gallery ... that could be anything ... there's no picture of an outfit in a catalog that is guaranteed to look stylish in all events that meet this description.
post #22 of 25
Thread Starter 
I asked another guy who is going and he said he is going to just wear a sport coat. I was kind of hoping I could just wear a suit, but I guess I'll just have to wear my one sport coat.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Texastyle View Post

I asked another guy who is going and he said he is going to just wear a sport coat. I was kind of hoping I could just wear a suit, but I guess I'll just have to wear my one sport coat.

Why not just suit up, no tie open collar.
post #24 of 25
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Why not just suit up, no tie open collar.

I think I might just do that. I can always get a tartan style pocket square to make it "holiday" friendly.
post #25 of 25
Whatever you do, don't do the loose "It was tied earlier, but I let it out (actually not) tie look". I second just asking plainly. I showed up to a company dinner once in 3 piece suit and everybody else was super casual. Felt like a damn idiot the whole time.
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