I am heading to an out of town wedding soon and I need some help and suggestions as what would be best to wear in this situation.
The wedding is in late March in Los Angeles, at night. The invite describe the event as:
"Cocktail attire. This is an evening event with an Old Hollywood feel. All festivities will be indoors so ladies, feel free to wear those high heels! Black tie is optional, and sparkle is encouraged."
I am having difficulties with the many options.
First, black tie is optional. Which is simple an speaks for itself, but when you add Cocktail attire, plus "old hollywood" and "sparkle" being encouraged I start to get confused and second guess myself.
The wedding is filled with film and television industry people, so I expect a certain artistic flair and style, but being an out-of-towner, and going solo, and not knowing anyone else there (except for the groom) I don't want to underdress and come across as the "small town rube", but I don't want to over do it and seem equally out of place.
My buddy the groom said, "Dude, where what you want." but I'm sure the bride-to-be might have another thought on the matter and I'd to at least look like I belong there when mingling.
Should I crack out the white dinner jacket and black bow tie for the "classic hollywood" feel?
Black tux and bow tie and risk looking like part of the wedding party?
A simple dark suit and tie, but then risk not having "sparkle" or "old hollywood"?
Any help and/or suggestions would be much appreciated.