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Wearing Pink to a School Formal/Prom?

post #1 of 15
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Hi, first time posting here, anyway, my school formal is coming up soon and I want an outfit that will surely turn heads, yet not make me look too out of place. I have to wear pink as my partner is choosing a pink dress, but I really don't mind. The outfit I have in mind is inspired by Chuck Bass (fictional character from Gossip Girl). It consists of a black suit (so I can use it after the event), a black vest (it's hot here so I want to look sharp without a jacket too), a faintly light striped shirt and a pink paisley tie and finally some simple black lace-up Julius Marlows.

Here's a photo of the look I'm going for: http://www.tie-a-tie.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/pink-paisley-tie.jpg

So, do you think this outfit is a good idea? If not, can you explain why or offer some suggestions? Thank you.
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by broduz View Post

Hi, first time posting here, anyway, my school formal is coming up soon and I want an outfit that will surely turn heads, yet not make me look too out of place. I have to wear pink as my partner is choosing a pink dress, but I really don't mind. The outfit I have in mind is inspired by Chuck Bass (fictional character from Gossip Girl). It consists of a black suit (so I can use it after the event), a black vest (it's hot here so I want to look sharp without a jacket too), a faintly light striped shirt and a pink paisley tie and finally some simple black lace-up Julius Marlows.

Here's a photo of the look I'm going for: http://www.tie-a-tie.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/pink-paisley-tie.jpg

So, do you think this outfit is a good idea? If not, can you explain why or offer some suggestions? Thank you.

 

You're in high school? Pink is a great color, definitely go with it.

 

 

Recommendations/Things to keep in mind:

 

1) Drop the paisley tie. Patterned is fine, but not paisley, and not shiny.

 

2) Pick up a matching pocket square.

 

3) Vests are fine, but don't wear one with the idea that you'll take off your jacket and look good. If you wear a vest without a jacket you'll look like a waiter. I mean it. Either drop the vest entirely, or take it off with the jacket. Of course, towards the end of the night when everyone is wasted...it won't matter.

 

4) Whatever style Julius Marlows you've picked up, make sure they aren't square toe monstrosities.  

 

 

good luck and have fun

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Subutai View Post

2) Pick up a matching pocket square.

Not matched to the tie. PS that perfectly matches tie is worse than no PS.

 

Consider a very dark gray suit, or possibly navy. More useful than black, because they go with more stuff.

post #4 of 15
I'm going to say I don't think it's a good idea. It's entirely possible that kids don't wear a tux to prom anymore or at least that they are not in the majority as I am about 10 years removed from prom. I wore classic formalwear to each of my proms and have no regrets about any of the pictures. I get that this may not be the norm anymore or may not be as common. For that matter, a formal may be different from a prom.

A charcoal or navy suit will be far more useful to you in the long run than a black suit. A black suit can be okay to wear at night for parties (I wouldn't personally but I know many do) or social events but doesn't look great during the day, which means it's not the best choice for something like an interview (the one picture I regret my wardrobe choice in was my sophomore semiformal where I was in a black suit; cute senior girl on my arm I guess made up for it but eh). So ditch the black suit and go with charcoal or navy. I'd go for a solid colored shirt in pale blue or white over a striped shirt, but that's not as big of a deal. Grey actually looks excellent next to pink, so if you want to build your look around a pink tie, dark grey is not a bad choice. I'd avoid paisley ties. Done right, they can look amazing, but they're a more casual look and they also can be a disaster done incorrectly. I'd try to find a decent not too shiny pink tie (grenadine or diamond weave can be great).

Ultimately, matching your date is your choice. In general, it's not the best look and it's definitely not something one has to or should do from an aesthetic point of view, but I get that this is high school and it may be a lesser evil for you. At least think about it though. My advice in the prior paragraph assumes you want to match your date's dress with your tie and look as good as possible doing it. If you decide to not match your date, a dark navy tie (if your suit is grey) or silver / grey tie (if your suit is navy) is a great formal look. Elegance is supposed to be understated.

Good luck and have fun.
post #5 of 15
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Not matched to the tie. PS that perfectly matches tie is worse than no PS.

Consider a very dark gray suit, or possibly navy. More useful than black, because they go with more stuff.

+1. White linen pocket square is probably the best choice. It is never wrong and you'll already have color with the pink tie.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by YRR92 View Post

Not matched to the tie. PS that perfectly matches tie is worse than no PS.

 

Consider a very dark gray suit, or possibly navy. More useful than black, because they go with more stuff.

 

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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

A charcoal or navy suit will be far more useful to you in the long run than a black suit. 

 

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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post


+1. White linen pocket square is probably the best choice. It is never wrong and you'll already have color with the pink tie.

 

 

Agree on all fronts (although, I didn't read archi's full post, cause, well, I'm tired) 

 

Charcoal is better option, but as the kid's in school I don't think it's SO much of a better option that he should buy another suit (assuming he already has the black one)

 

Definitely agree on the pocket square. I didn't mean pink on pink, I just meant one that matches. 

post #7 of 15
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Definitely agree on the pocket square. I didn't mean pink on pink, I just meant one that matches. 

 

It seems really tough (you see this fairly often in WAYWRN) to find a square that works well with a white or lt. blue shirt/dark suit/single color tie, since anything you put in the pocket other than white linen/cream silk is going to be either matchy (some argue a white square/white shirt is too matchy) or it will be bringing in something that's outside of the palette -- which can be done, but it's tricky, and instant SquareFail® when done poorly.

 

That has no relationship to the OP's question, but it occurred to me the other day.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm posting this again because it didn't seem to make it through.
Thank you for the suggestions, I wasn't aware black suits aren't recommended for every day use.

I'll buy a navy suit if that's what you recommend, but what exactly can I do to make it work with pink?

Here's the one I have in mind: http://www.rogerdavid.com.au/slim-navy-suit-navy.html

Thanks again.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by broduz View Post

I'm posting this again because it didn't seem to make it through.
Thank you for the suggestions, I wasn't aware black suits aren't recommended for every day use.

I'll buy a navy suit if that's what you recommend, but what exactly can I do to make it work with pink?

Here's the one I have in mind: http://www.rogerdavid.com.au/slim-navy-suit-navy.html

Thanks again.

Charcoal would look better with pink, but navy is a classic suit color as well and will look fine. If you're wearing a pink tie, just wear the navy suit and a white shirt. Would work better with a charcoal suit but is fine with navy as well.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by broduz View Post

I'm posting this again because it didn't seem to make it through.
Thank you for the suggestions, I wasn't aware black suits aren't recommended for every day use.

I'll buy a navy suit if that's what you recommend, but what exactly can I do to make it work with pink?

Here's the one I have in mind: http://www.rogerdavid.com.au/slim-navy-suit-navy.html

Thanks again.
I think archibaldleach gave you great advice!
post #11 of 15
You do not HAVE to wear pink - you are not book ends.

Just buy yourself a navy/midnight blue or charcoal suit and match that.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
I like the idea of wearing pink not only because it will match my date, but because it will be unique. Where I live, pink is generally thought of as a "girly" color, however, that doesn't phase me.

I found this picture of a blue suit with a pink tie and I thought it looked very good.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/wedding_prod/photos/74a1b036eabfc78cd5a4ea6420b7a986_rwl

Thoughts?
post #13 of 15
Please do not wear a vegetable side dish on your lapel like that fool.
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Please do not wear a vegetable side dish on your lapel like that fool.

+1.
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Originally Posted by broduz View Post

I like the idea of wearing pink not only because it will match my date, but because it will be unique. Where I live, pink is generally thought of as a "girly" color, however, that doesn't phase me.

I found this picture of a blue suit with a pink tie and I thought it looked very good.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/wedding_prod/photos/74a1b036eabfc78cd5a4ea6420b7a986_rwl

Thoughts?

Most times someone tries to look unique, they look uniquely bad. A dark suit, white shirt and pink tie is not the worst look out there, but this whole wearing something to be unique is just bleh. If your personality is not unique enough, your clothes aren't going to suddenly make you unique or interesting.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by broduz View Post

I like the idea of wearing pink not only because it will match my date, but because it will be unique. Where I live, pink is generally thought of as a "girly" color, however, that doesn't phase me.

I found this picture of a blue suit with a pink tie and I thought it looked very good.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/wedding_prod/photos/74a1b036eabfc78cd5a4ea6420b7a986_rwl

Thoughts?


The only 'unique' you achieve will be looking uniquely stupid. Try looking back on that in twenty years time. As to this vegetable - that is below stupid and suggests you are a fool as well.
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