Originally Posted by GCL82
Judging by the tone of some of the comments you'd think I insulted somebody's mother but I do thank all of you for your advice, which I will heed. Black tuxedo trousers it is. Still, I am not fully convinced that the look by Andrew Lauren below is not extremely elegant and still appropriate for a countryside wedding.
Given the variety of dress codes that get put on invitations, this is NOT what I would wear to something asking me for black tie. Perhaps "creative black tie" or "casual black tie" or something? And it's important to note a bunch of things:
1) He's wearing velvet slippers, the "I'm hosting a black tie event in my house" move....and his have bold designs/monograms on them, which perhaps makes them even more casual;
2) Trousers are not just cream, but also cuffed, which is not "traditionally" done with black tie trousers;
3) I would argue that jacket is not midnight blue, but closer to navy, so it's even lighter in color than a "traditional" black tie jacket would be, further casualizing the jacket to some extent;
4) This is a guy walking out of a door for a photo shoot. That's not exactly "real life", nor is it likely a like-for-like parallel to your own event (someone else's black tie invitation wedding).
If you think all of that would fit in fine with what other people are doing, what the hosts of the wedding want (it's their day, not yours), and that you can pull it off (perhaps you're known for being a slightly eccentric dresser amongst this crowd?), then knock yourself out.