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post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by tobiasj View Post


So after the gingham thing, your new idea is a white shirt with a black collar and a gold paisley tie? Just...wow.
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I apologize if my ideas are offending you in any way! I'm just thinking out loud.

 

I feel like a white shirt will look boring though. Will a black suit, gold tie (I do like paisley regardless), and plain white shirt look too simple? Also would an off-white shirt be a better option if her dress is mostly off-white?

 


 

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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


You don't have to match. If the matching is too obvious, it looks tacky. If it's subtle and done well, whatever, but subtlety in dress is something guys your age usually fail at, no offense. I was one of 'em.
You could also wear wear a checked shirt, if you like gingham. Wider, more open lines, but still an interesting pattern. You could also wear a striped shirt.
And dear lord, no contrast collar shirts. Subtle patterns with white collars are at least bearable, but a black collar on a white shirt would be trashy as hell.


I like gingham a bit more than checked for prom, but I would love checked too. Of course, I see myself running into similar problems with a checked pattern.

 

I'm open to any suggestions towards subtlety. Also, definitely not looking to perfect match her, but I do want to at least have some matching so it looks like we're dates. A happy medium.

 

post #17 of 33
Offending? Au contraire, this has been very entertaining!

The disconnect here is that you think white shirts are too boring. That's a bit odd, because white is the most popular shirt colour in the entire world, and while lots of people on here prefer light blue for everyday business wear, a plain white shirt is really the only choice for a night time formal event.

Here's how it breaks down for me at least:
* For weekday business dress: usually a light blue shirt; sometimes light pink; sometimes plain white.
* For formal dress, day or night (a wedding for example): a plain white shirt.
* For casual Fridays, weekends etc: gingham; stripes; colours, go nuts.
post #18 of 33
Do you think dinner suits (tuxedos) are boring? A well fitted tux with appropriate accessories is arguably the best a man can look and it's only black and white.

I like gingham shirts but they are much more appropriate for daytime wear, informal business, etc. NOT for something more formal in the evening. Make sure your suit fits well. Go with the white shirt (or off white - ecru - if you must). A subtle patterned tie will work with all of this and here is where you can match a colour to your date's outfit if you really must, or with a carefully chosen pocket square that marches her. You can always go with a plain white PS to match your shirt but do not match your tie and PS.
You will thank us for this guidance not only on your big night, but years from now when you are viewing your photos wih your kids, and laughing at all the wankers who eschewed this kind of choice in favour of some 'trendy' pizza vomit explosion outfit.
post #19 of 33
^^ Yeah Ianiceman, cummerbunds -- what were we thinking!
post #20 of 33
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Originally Posted by Benjols View Post


I'm open to any suggestions towards subtlety. Also, definitely not looking to perfect match her, but I do want to at least have some matching so it looks like we're dates. A happy medium.

This is exactly what you don't want. When two grownups go out on a date they don't work out ahead of time what colors to wear. People will know you're each other's date if you're dancing together and talking to each other for most of the night. When you're matching it looks like you're twin brother and sister and your mother has dolled you up for your big brother's wedding photos. Just looks silly IMHO.
post #21 of 33
Thread Starter 

I thought about quoting you all, but it'd be an ordeal...so anyway

 

You've convinced me on the white shirt. I'll gladly take your advice on this one. Thank you for saving me from the contrast collar and whatnot.

 

So, if I have a black suit, white shirt, what time do I go with? Gold seems a little pale by itself. I do rather like the striped "frat boy" tie I linked to earlier that was black and gold. That way I have some sort of connection to her dress. Anything other tie suggestions? I don't know too much about ties. I'm not a big fan of just blah, though.

 

I definitely agree that over matching looks dumb, but I feel like something should be there so we look like prom dates. Otherwise I'd probably just wear a pink gingham shirt or something!


Edited by Benjols - 4/5/12 at 6:15am
post #22 of 33
If you have your heart set on the black and white gingham shirt, I would consider wearing this tie:

http://www.samhober.com/grenadine-garza-fina-solid-ties/charcoal-gray-silver-grenadine-fina-silk-tie-21.html

The textural interest is there, but it's subtle and the color coordinates with your date and with your gingham shirt (It also makes a more subtle statement than a gold tie).
post #23 of 33

You'll soon learn that the best a man can dress is in a way that passes attention to his date. Like was said before, it will be clear that she is your date through your actions. No need to make that apparent through the way you dress. Go for Spoo's idea of the gingham tie - perhaps in a navy and white. Make sure its a small-print ginham, though.

 

The black, white, and navy will all complement her dress well, and pass the attention on to her. She'll appreciate this, and you will too mwink[1].gif

post #24 of 33
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I particularly like white shirts with black collars.
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post #25 of 33

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Match with a golden carnation.

 

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post #26 of 33
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the help! Especially with ideas that, in retrospect, were awful. I really appreciate it.

 

I think I've settled on black suit, white shirt and a burgundy/maroonish/pupleish paisley that has gold accents on the paisley.

post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by Benjols View Post

Thank you all for the help! Especially with ideas that, in retrospect, were awful. I really appreciate it.

I think I've settled on black suit, white shirt and a burgundy/maroonish/pupleish paisley that has gold accents on the paisley.

lulz for abandoning gingham for paisley, but its prom, so after 2 drinks, nobody is going to care about your tie, all you will care about is getting to the hotel room and and getting that gingham dress off.
post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by Benjols View Post

Thank you all for the help! Especially with ideas that, in retrospect, were awful. I really appreciate it.

 

I think I've settled on black suit, white shirt and a burgundy/maroonish/pupleish paisley that has gold accents on the paisley.

 

That sounds pretty nice.

 

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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


lulz for abandoning gingham for paisley, but its prom, so after 2 drinks, nobody is going to care about your tie, all you will care about is getting to the hotel room and and getting that gingham dress off.

 

We're talking highschoolers here, sir.
 

 

post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by Parterre View Post


That sounds pretty nice.


We're talking highschoolers here, sir.

 

You must have gone to a different High School. Mine was like Spoo describes, only 2 six packs, not 2 drinks.
post #30 of 33
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post


lulz for abandoning gingham for paisley, but its prom, so after 2 drinks, nobody is going to care about your tie, all you will care about is getting to the hotel room and and getting that gingham dress off.


What's wrong with a paisley tie? I totally dig the paisley.

 

...I could only dream of her wearing a gingham dress.

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