18 years old getting dressed for a party.

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  1. Omnes

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    Hello community!

    Im going to attend to my friends birthday party this weekend, at there is a dress code. There will be a lot of fashion interested people my age there, and then me.

    I thought I would try to pull off a classic, white slim fit shirt within a gray vest with the gray trousers and a bow tie (of course not pre- tied, I saw someone getting ripped apart in another thread.) and perhaps a PS.

    Im going shopping in a couple of days.

    Any suggestions or things I should pay attention to? Im some what fit, young, tan with blonde hair. I don´t mind colors or patterns.

    Thanks

    -Tobias
     
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    There are no direct instructions, though it´s rather fancy for a 18 year olds birthday party. But a black suit would be too formal, I think. Sorry if Im being unclear.
     
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    So it's just "dress code", without specifying what said dress code is? That makes no sense.
     
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    Perhaps. I guess the point of it is to make sure people dress well, instead of just jeans and tshirts, that you would usually see at a party with people my age.
     
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    Basically, based on the individuals attending, the location of the event, and the fact it's an "18th birthday party," you have inferred there is a dress code, even though it's not implied? In any event, rule of thumb, it's better to over dress than to be under-dressed. That is all.
     
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    It's pretty odd to say there's a dress code but not say what it is. Anyway, wearing a vest and tie but no jacket looks incomplete. Especially if the vest matches the trousers.

    If you don't want to wear a jacket, just wear your shirt and the trousers. A summery pullover or cardigan could be alright too.
     
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    +1.

    Also, jacket with no tie is a far better look than tie with no jacket. Ditch the vest unless you're wearing a 3 piece suit.

    EDIT: Lest my advice be misinperpreted, this refers to wearing an odd (non-matching to trousers) jacket with no tie. Suit with no tie is generally not a good look.
     
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    Really? It was my friend who gave me the idea, and Ive always thought vest and trousers were kind of cool and young. But then again, Im asking because I care more than I know.
     
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    Alright, let me take a step back:

    I want to dress nice, and look cool without giving the impression that Ive tried too hard. I also think fully suiting up would be too stiff. What are your suggestions in general, if I am to re-evaluate my gray suit?
     
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    It's kind of more 9 yr-old young than 18 yr-old young...
     
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    This. It makes you look like either a kid whose mommy made him get dressed up or a waiter. Neither is a good thing.

    Clearly, full-suit sounds like way overkill and out of place, but the vest and no jacket thing is just bad.
     
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    It´s okay. I appreciate the information on what not to do. Any suggestions on what I should actually do?
     
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    My suggestion is to wear a sport coat in a slightly casual cut (e.g. patch pockets, soft shoulders, textured fabric, etc) with a dress shirt, well-fitting chinos, and some nice, but not formal, leather shoes. Bring along a regular tie and put it on if needed.

    "Cool without the impression of trying too hard" takes some effort after all...
     
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    Assuming the dress code is simply "no t-shirts and jeans":

    optional: cotton cardigan (navy)
    oxford cloth button down shirt (light blue or white or blue/white stripe)
    chinos (khaki)
    mocassins or (slightly more dressed up) loafers

    Make sure everything fits well and has a flattering cut. I'd rather risk underdressing than overdressing at your age.
     
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