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Rehearsal dinner garb

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I wanted to get some opinions on what I should wear to my rehearsal dinner. So feel free to pipe in. Both the wedding and the rehearsal are on a September evening starting about 6:30pm in Cape Cod. Its common to wear a suit for the rehearsal and a tux for the wedding. But Im wearing a black suit, white shirt, and a silver Brioni tie for the wedding. So Im at a loss for the rehearsal. I was thinking maybe a Blazer for the rehearsal. Any recommendations? I just bought a beutiful pair of navy pinstrip trousers at Barney's Outlet any chance of matching a blazer with these?
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I'm in the same position as you, and I think I'm just going to opt for some nice dress shoes, a pair of flant front wool charcoal slacks, and a nice shirt (I may go with the pink twill Jantzen shirt that another poster on this shirt raves about -- his "Hermes-like" shirt; though I may opt for another color). I think the blazer look might be perceived as "older," so if you are under 27 or 28 years old, you might just want to opt for very tasteful "business casual." I mean, I think you could match the pinstripe trousers with a nice "non-white" shirt and look very good. By the way, what are the specs of the black suit? I've been wondering whether to go unvented or double vented, and whether to opt for flat front or pleated pants for my suit. What do others think as well about the suit spec choices?
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The suit is single breasted, three button, double vents, flat front pants, no cuffs. I am awaiting the arrival of white Sea Island cotton Jantzen shirt. I had a really hard time finding a suit even though I knew exactly what I wanted. I have 43in chest and a 32in waist and I didnt want to drop +$1.5k on something I wasnt going to get alot of use out of. I also was eyeballing that pink uneven herringbone shirt. Ive never been a fan of pink but I dont know that shirt looked pretty sharp. FYI Im 29. So one vote for no blazer.
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Depends on where the rehearsal dinner is to be held, I'd think, as well as who's invited. If it's the typical dinner, at a nice restaurant with family and wedding party, then I'd say definitely wear a blazer at a minimum. But I'd think a tie would be expected too. I wore a suit and tie to mine (when I was 31) and felt properly dressed. I think all the men there wore ties as well (either with blazers or suits). Wear something that'll look good in pictures but is comfortable too. I assume your fiancee has a say in this issue too?.
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Thanks for helping out. Yes, its at a nice restaurant. My fiance definately has a say but its more like top level management. I will definately be wearing tie. I wouldnt mind getting a blazer if I can pull it off just to add some variety to my wardrobe. I guess I could pick up another suit...as if the first one wasnt hard enough. Any specific suggestions?
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Thanks for helping out. Yes, its at a nice restaurant.  My fiance definately has a say but its more like top level management.  I will definately be wearing tie. I wouldnt mind getting a blazer if I can pull it off just to add some variety to my wardrobe. I guess I could pick up another suit...as if the first one wasnt hard enough. Any specific suggestions?
If that is the case, then I'd go with the suit. I was under the impression that this was a typical "Cape Cod" September event -- you know, maybe an outdoor type buffet thing at some country club, etc. If it is in a really nice restaurant, I'd go with a suit. Why not use this as an excuse to pick up a great navy or charcoal suit that will come in handy later on.
post #7 of 7
I'd probably opt against pairing a blazer with pinstriped pants. I think worn alone, the pants might look better with a dressy turtleneck or nice dress shirt with its own bold pattern. JN3 makes a good point... The trick isn't picking out something that will just look great at a rehearsal dinner (congrats on your upcoming nuptials, by the way), but picking out something that will look great on that particular evening as well as for years to come, something that you can truly incorporate into your wardrobe and get a lot of use from. If you are a suit guy, then yeah, probably a navy single-breasted would be in order. And do give some consideration to what your betrothed will be wearing that evening, surely she will have something special picked out. Not that you have to look like an exact-matching prom couple, but depending on what she's wearing, maybe its actually a better time for you to get a nice Harris tweed to add to your closet.
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