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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hey all,

So I have my year twelve formal, which is equivalent of a prom in america, coming up and need some help. Everyone generally wears two piece suits not tuxedos or three pieces. My partner will be wearing a dark purple dress and I wish to match her, she has also demanded I wear a bow tie. So I'm thinking of a dark grey or charcoal suit with a white shirt and dark purple bow tie and pocket square. 

The suit may look something like the one below, which I like the black trim on.

Thanks,

Edward

post #2 of 10
You say you need some help, but you didn't ask a question. I'm sure you'll be fine if the suit fits. Try it on in the store at least a week in advance so you have time make any needed alterations.
post #3 of 10
Don't buy a suit with black trim (as a general rule anyway) as then it will look out of place at any non-evening event in the future and will be practically useless.
post #4 of 10
also, dont match your date and don't ever go on a date with anyone who demands you wear anything.
post #5 of 10
Not a fan of that suit; the black trim looks a bit cheep/cheesy and one-button suits that aren't tuxedos often look painfully trendy.

I'm also not a fan of a bow tie in this situation. Personally, I find bows more casual than long ties when not worn in a black/white tie setting. Were it me, I'd go with a dark charcoal suit, lilac checked or solid shirt and a dark purple long tie. The white shirt with those items will look a bit too much like business wear.
post #6 of 10
The suit will not be much use for anything else - the black trim is dreadful. Secondly if the girl demands you wear this or not that, dump her. You should determine what you wear and you should not even think of matching her - you are not bookends.
post #7 of 10
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also, dont match your date and don't ever go on a date with anyone who demands you wear anything.
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Not a fan of that suit; the black trim looks a bit cheep/cheesy and one-button suits that aren't tuxedos often look painfully trendy.

I'm also not a fan of a bow tie in this situation. Personally, I find bows more casual than long ties when not worn in a black/white tie setting. Were it me, I'd go with a dark charcoal suit, lilac checked or solid shirt and a dark purple long tie. The white shirt with those items will look a bit too much like business wear.
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Originally Posted by NefariousSabatour View Post

also, dont match your date and don't ever go on a date with anyone who demands you wear anything.
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Originally Posted by TimelesStyle View Post

Not a fan of that suit; the black trim looks a bit cheep/cheesy and one-button suits that aren't tuxedos often look painfully trendy.

I'm also not a fan of a bow tie in this situation. Personally, I find bows more casual than long ties when not worn in a black/white tie setting. Were it me, I'd go with a dark charcoal suit, lilac checked or solid shirt and a dark purple long tie. The white shirt with those items will look a bit too much like business wear.

I think you're all taking the wrong approach to this. It's a high school student with no indication of having done any prior research, having very much personal taste, or having any interest in or need for tailored clothes. He didn't even ask a question in his post. All this kid needs is a nudge in the right direction. If the suit fits, he'll have done well. Better to please his girlfriend, who has more interest in his clothes than he does: in other words he should wear the tie she wants, try to at least make sure the only suit he's considering fits him, and try to have a good time at and after the party.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Makoto Chan View Post





I think you're all taking the wrong approach to this. It's a high school student with no indication of having done any prior research, having very much personal taste, or having any interest in or need for tailored clothes. He didn't even ask a question in his post. All this kid needs is a nudge in the right direction. If the suit fits, he'll have done well. Better to please his girlfriend, who has more interest in his clothes than he does: in other words he should wear the tie she wants, try to at least make sure the only suit he's considering fits him, and try to have a good time at and after the party.


Yeah, this. This guy will be 16/17, dumping his girlfriend because she wants him to wear a certain thing would be silly. He may as well just wear want she wants.

 

Only things I would say is to 1) Not get a suit with black trim. The OP may need to use a suit in future, may as well get something that is at least versatile. A medium-dark plain grey or navy would be the best bet. Also 2) Spend a little bit of money if available, getting basic alterations done (hemming trousers, sorting the sleeves) and he'll look better than 90% of the people there.

post #9 of 10
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Yeah, this. This guy will be 16/17, dumping his girlfriend because she wants him to wear a certain thing would be silly. He may as well just wear want she wants.

 

Only things I would say is to 1) Not get a suit with black trim. The OP may need to use a suit in future, may as well get something that is at least versatile. A medium-dark plain grey or navy would be the best bet. Also 2) Spend a little bit of money if available, getting basic alterations done (hemming trousers, sorting the sleeves) and he'll look better than 90% of the people there.

 

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Originally Posted by Makoto Chan View Post





I think you're all taking the wrong approach to this. It's a high school student with no indication of having done any prior research, having very much personal taste, or having any interest in or need for tailored clothes. He didn't even ask a question in his post. All this kid needs is a nudge in the right direction. If the suit fits, he'll have done well. Better to please his girlfriend, who has more interest in his clothes than he does: in other words he should wear the tie she wants, try to at least make sure the only suit he's considering fits him, and try to have a good time at and after the party.

 

These guys are spot on. Get a 2 button suit in dark gray or navy (whatever quality you can afford) and have a tailor fix it up for you. You'll look sharp at the formal and you'll have a practical suit to get you through the next few years. As for the tie, if it makes the girlfriend happy then wear the purple bow tie...no big deal. Most importantly have a fun night.

post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Haha, I was definitely a bit strong with my language there - it must be all those English Assignments - she did ask for a bow tie and that was what I was intending on wearing but thanks for the thoughts about a long one, definitely something to look at. As it is my first suit having something practical to wear for a couple of years sounds great so I'll steer clear of the black trim. 

Thanks for all the help though! 

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