Ok, so I will be going to one...
It's an evening engagement party for my close friend, held at his family's house (probably young children there). There is no explicit dress code, but I want to wear a suit. My other friends will most likely be wearing dress shirts and nice pants. Maybe a couple of people might show up in a suit/jacket, but I really don't think anyone will be wearing jeans.
The current suits up for consideration are Hugo Boss red label, black slim fitting. The other is a very dark charcoal gray Zegna.
I'm thinking about the black suit, white shirt with semi-spread collar, and a solid silver tie. It looks good; clean and simple. But the only thing I'm worried about is looking too formal. This is basically wedding attire itself.
I feel like the charcoal is too dark, and it is a little bit heavier. The other dress shirts I have are business formal (whites, blues, pinstripes) and going out shirts (which are a little more bold). So I'm drawing a blank. I tried a light blue shirt with the black suit/silver tie combo, but it didn't look as sharp as the white.