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Semi-formal event, need your help guys.

post #1 of 41
Thread Starter 

Hey lads,

 

Long time lurker in need of direct advice, I present to you my problem :)

 

I am attending a student gala next month and, while it is considered a formal event (black-and-white), since it's a student thing I believe the general dressing level will be sub-par, with the occasional tux.

 

I've decided to go with a black suit, and I'm having trouble picking the shirt and tie.

 

Obviously white shirt and black tie is the most formal, yet also the most boring in my opinion. I bet 80% of the people will be wearing that. I am exploring different options now, such as:

 

(pardon the horrible picture quality, the colors are definitely off, but it's to give you an idea)

 

Lavender shirt with purple tie:

 

(The color is actually a little more towards pink on both the tie and the shirt)

 

Another idea:

Light navy shirt with.. (haven't thought of the tie yet, let's just say the purple again).

 

 

 

I'd really like to go with a purple tie, maybe not this one, but a little darker. What do you guys think? Would a lavender shirt/purple tie stand out from the crowd?

 

Any other ideas will be highly appreciated. Thank you so much for keeping this forum alive and awesome.

post #2 of 41
You're in college? Or high school?

Anyway I think you're on the wrong track. If you want to look your best, get a tux. If not, get a dark navy suit. Wear it with a white shirt and a black satin tie. If you really insist on a black suit, and you can't resist having some color in your tie, make ir a really really dark color. So, not bright purple.
post #3 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much for your input :)

 

I've already got a black suit, and I don't think that one gala warrants the purchase of a tuxedo. I wouldn't want to buy a polyester tuxedo for one night either, though I'm sure it is a valid choice in general.

 

It's a college gala, so people from 19 to 30 years old will be around as a rough estimate. Mostly students, so I doubt there will be much custom made suits or even tuxedos. From what I know, the tuxedo % of people will be around 10%.

 

That being said, I do want to look my best, but not look like I tried too hard (read: tux). I reckon the black-white-black tie is the classiest, but I would like to spice it up and have a bit of personal style. Any recommendations are highly appreciated. I am clueless compared to you guys here, in terms of fashion and style, so I will take all suggestions seriously and consider them (and maybe learn something in the process too).

post #4 of 41
So...a bit of personal style as suggested to you by strangers on the Internet?

Sorry for being snarky - but if you think you can make your inner flower blossom via your tie choice, then you're probably going to have to be the one to do it.

The classic way would be to wear a well cut dark suit, in quality materials, with a conservative, dark tie. Or, of course, a tuxedo. The other option is to try and distract from a poor fitting suit with a loud tie.

My advice would be to take this S an opportunity to make an investment. Focus on getting the best-fitting dark navy suit you can. Your personal style shows in the details of such a suit and what kind of silhouette it has. You're at a point in life where it makes sense to invest in such a thing, since your size should be stable for a while and you'll soon enter (or at least attempt to enter) the workforce. This way you'll be prepared if an unexpected opportunity comes along and won't be forced to resort to a black suit, which wouldn't be advisable for business/daywear situations.

Just my 2c.
post #5 of 41
Thread Starter 

I guess I was thinking of something like this

What do you think of the colors? (Admittedly his black suit is all the way black, mine is more the classic that tends to dark grey.)

 

The truth of the matter is, I am in no position financially to invest money in another suit. The black is a good quality one and it will do. Sometime within the year I will buy a decently fitting grey one, for the interviews and all that -- I am aware the black one is not the best of ideas for business :)

 

Any other advice is highly welcome peeps. Thanks a ton so far unbelragazzo.

post #6 of 41
Thread Starter 

What about with this tie?

Would you wear this on a formal-semiformal event?

post #7 of 41
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Originally Posted by Repurposes View Post

What about with this tie?
Would you wear this on a formal-semiformal event?


No. May I add, also, that a proper tuxedo correctly worn to a semi-formal event is not "boring," as you suggest. You say in your original post that you expect the level of dressing at the event to be "sub-par." Why descend into the abyss of mediocrity when you can help raise the sartorial bar with a proper outfit for the occasion (which does not include a purple tie)?
post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by Repurposes View Post

but I would like to spice it up and have a bit of personal style.

These words right right here are responsible for 99.99% of all sartorial disasters.

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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

So...a bit of personal style as suggested to you by strangers on the Internet?

Sorry for being snarky - but if you think you can make your inner flower blossom via your tie choice, then you're probably going to have to be the one to do it.

The classic way would be to wear a well cut dark suit, in quality materials, with a conservative, dark tie. Or, of course, a tuxedo. The other option is to try and distract from a poor fitting suit with a loud tie.

My advice would be to take this S an opportunity to make an investment. Focus on getting the best-fitting dark navy suit you can. Your personal style shows in the details of such a suit and what kind of silhouette it has. You're at a point in life where it makes sense to invest in such a thing, since your size should be stable for a while and you'll soon enter (or at least attempt to enter) the workforce. This way you'll be prepared if an unexpected opportunity comes along and won't be forced to resort to a black suit, which wouldn't be advisable for business/daywear situations.

Just my 2c.

Unbel knows what he's talking about it. This is very good advice.

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Originally Posted by Repurposes View Post

What about with this tie?
Would you wear this on a formal-semiformal event? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


No, this is almost as casual as you can get while still wearing a suit. Not at all appropriate for a formal event.

Long story short, listen to Unbel.
post #9 of 41

Having read your post and understood that you don't wish to buy a new suit I'd say that if the dress code is black and white, then stick with that.  Perhaps add some colour with your socks, pocket square, watch strap etc.  If the dress code is semi-formal and no colours are specified, then you can choose a different colour tie as you see fit.

post #10 of 41
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the input guys. 

The dress code is 'dark clothes or other formal wear'. But it's a student event, so you will spot some blazers, and some joker dudes in bear and superman costumes.

 

Nevertheless. I got the black suit, I'm trying to find how to best maximize it's potential. 

Do you think it's the best choice to stick to the same white shirt-black tie like everyone else (90%), or spice it up with a touch of color? Another idea: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_inM_h7N5ib0/S_RUqLdkNhI/AAAAAAAADL4/1ELl562Dxbc/s1600/shirt2c.JPG

I like the clean look of the black-white-black, but I also find it a little boring and uninventive. That's why I'm experimenting with all the color options. I only posted the knit tie because a sales representative was trying to sell me that this is the latest in fashion and all that. I guess that's why he is a sales representative ;)

Any more advice and/or suggestions will be high appreciated gentlemen.

post #11 of 41

Follow unbelragazzo's advice. For an event like this, a well-tailored suit and a proper fitting shirt with conservative colors (+ good shoes) is your best bet. Most people will have ill-fitting suits/tuxes and rubber-soled square-toed shoes most likely, so I wouldn't fuss about trying to stand out with unconventional colors. 

post #12 of 41
You'll stand out and look stylish by doing it right. And for an evening gala, right is dark suit, white shirt, dark simple tie. Perhaps try a dark blue tie with pin dots. If you want to be bold, wear a blue cornflower in your lapel.
post #13 of 41
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Originally Posted by Repurposes View Post

Thanks for all the input guys. 
The dress code is 'dark clothes or other formal wear'. But it's a student event, so you will spot some blazers, and some joker dudes in bear and superman costumes.

Nevertheless. I got the black suit, I'm trying to find how to best maximize it's potential. 
Do you think it's the best choice to stick to the same white shirt-black tie like everyone else (90%), or spice it up with a touch of color? Another idea: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_inM_h7N5ib0/S_RUqLdkNhI/AAAAAAAADL4/1ELl562Dxbc/s1600/shirt2c.JPG
I like the clean look of the black-white-black, but I also find it a little boring and uninventive. That's why I'm experimenting with all the color options. I only posted the knit tie because a sales representative was trying to sell me that this is the latest in fashion and all that. I guess that's why he is a sales representative wink.gif
Any more advice and/or suggestions will be high appreciated gentlemen.

OK... Are you trolling or just looking for confirmation?

Here's the thing--you asked for advice, and several people gave you advice, which was unanimously that these loud shirt/tie combos are a bad idea and that you should stick with the classics.... So you continue to post the same types of combinations. The advice is not likely to change.

The classics are a classic for a reason. Formal means something very specific, and it happens to look very good when done properly. You will look very good if you do the classics well. In this case, it doesn't sound like tuxedo formal, but rather sober, business formal--which is exactly the type of advice you have been given.

At the end of the day, you have to make the decision on what to wear. You can wear a hideous purple shirt and purple tie if you want, but you won't look "inventive" or "stylish". You will look bad.
post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by Repurposes View Post

Thanks for all the input guys. 
The dress code is 'dark clothes or other formal wear'. But it's a student event, so you will spot some blazers, and some joker dudes in bear and superman costumes.

Nevertheless. I got the black suit, I'm trying to find how to best maximize it's potential. 
Do you think it's the best choice to stick to the same white shirt-black tie like everyone else (90%), or spice it up with a touch of color? Another idea: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_inM_h7N5ib0/S_RUqLdkNhI/AAAAAAAADL4/1ELl562Dxbc/s1600/shirt2c.JPG
I like the clean look of the black-white-black, but I also find it a little boring and uninventive. That's why I'm experimenting with all the color options. I only posted the knit tie because a sales representative was trying to sell me that this is the latest in fashion and all that. I guess that's why he is a sales representative wink.gif
Any more advice and/or suggestions will be high appreciated gentlemen.

OK... Are you trolling or just looking for confirmation?

Here's the thing--you asked for advice, and several people gave you advice, which was unanimously that these loud shirt/tie combos are a bad idea and that you should stick with the classics.... So you continue to post the same types of combinations. The advice is not likely to change.

The classics are a classic for a reason. Formal means something very specific, and it happens to look very good when done properly. You will look very good if you do the classics well. In this case, it doesn't sound like tuxedo formal, but rather sober, business formal--which is exactly the type of advice you have been given.

At the end of the day, you have to make the decision on what to wear. You can wear a hideous purple shirt and purple tie if you want, but you won't look "inventive" or "stylish". You will look bad.

This.
post #15 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Repurposes View Post

Thanks for all the input guys. 
The dress code is 'dark clothes or other formal wear'. But it's a student event, so you will spot some blazers, and some joker dudes in bear and superman costumes.

Nevertheless. I got the black suit, I'm trying to find how to best maximize it's potential. 
Do you think it's the best choice to stick to the same white shirt-black tie like everyone else (90%), or spice it up with a touch of color? Another idea: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_inM_h7N5ib0/S_RUqLdkNhI/AAAAAAAADL4/1ELl562Dxbc/s1600/shirt2c.JPG
I like the clean look of the black-white-black, but I also find it a little boring and uninventive. That's why I'm experimenting with all the color options. I only posted the knit tie because a sales representative was trying to sell me that this is the latest in fashion and all that. I guess that's why he is a sales representative wink.gif
Any more advice and/or suggestions will be high appreciated gentlemen.

dude, no.

stop with the same general shirt and tie color combos. Robert Downy Jr. looks horrific in that earlier picture.

If you don't want black, I think you might do ok with a very dark eggplant tie (since you seem to like purple).

Black gives you very little leeway, hence navy or a tuxedo would be better.

Black and white looks great if it fits well and is done crisply.
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