Attire for a night on the town?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by skasultan, Oct 4, 2002.

  1. skasultan

    skasultan New Member

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    I am 19 years old and next month I'm taking my girlfriend out to dinner and the ballet in NYC for her birthday. The problem is I'm not sure what I should wear. I am planning on going to a nice restaurant and I don't have the slightest clue what would be appropriate dress. If anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful. Also, if a suit is preferred, could anyone suggest what type I should purchase, keeping in mind the most I could spend would be $300-400. Thanks for your time.
     


  2. Renwick

    Renwick Senior member

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    In that price range you generally won't find much that's that good at normal stores, check out discount stores like TJ Maxx or Value City and see if they have any good suits there. I have picked up a few good Hugo Boss Suits there. Also check: http://www.yoox.com and http://www.bluefly.com
     


  3. Renwick

    Renwick Senior member

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    If you do go for a suit I suggest a regular single breasted suit- black if you want ti to be dressy or gray if you want to use it later for job interviews, etc.
     


  4. parsonsdb

    parsonsdb Well-Known Member

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    skasultan,

    Your outlook is not bleak. I am in your same age and probably your same disposable income range. During the summer I had the same price range to find a suit.  I am guessing you live in around NY? I am certainly not the one to give any incite to NY shopping, but the majority of guys posting here know all about shopping there.  

    What I did was look at local shops.  I came away with a $374 black Urma Italino notch lapel suit. Not too bad for a first suit, I would say. Don't forget to leave some money if you need a tie or shirt. I think, I might be alone on this one, but if you just get an average suit, as long as it fits properly, and you feel comfortable in it. Your shirt and tie will pull it off. In the ballet and the restaurant, it will not be bright, so the pattern, texture of the suit will not be as noticeable.   When you get fitted for it, wear the shoes you're planning on wearing and a dress shirt, I made the mistake of not wearing a dress shirt, and I had to get mine re-altered.

    Do you know what your girlfriend is going to wear? I think it would be pretty sharp to get a swatch of fabric from what she is wearing and having it cut into a pocket square. As long as it does not clash with what you're planning on wearing.  

    I hope I helped, best of luck,

    Parsonsdb
     


  5. Abe2

    Abe2 Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't wear a suit. don't buy one if you don't already own one, when the occasion doesn't demand it.

    Wear something elegant that you already have - dress shirt with nice trousers should be enough.
     


  6. Abe2

    Abe2 Well-Known Member

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    Which restaurant are you taking her to?
     


  7. Joe G

    Joe G Senior member

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    But there's the not-so-small matter of respect for the venue and the artists. Going to the ballet (or to a symphony,an opera, an honour banquet, an inauguration, etc.) and not wearing a jacket is simply disrespectful. Now, it doesn't necessarily have to be a suit -- a sportcoat and wool trousers may work just as well. But I would definitely say the suit is a better option.

    Besides, won't any restaurant worthy of making a special trip to take someone special there require a jacket anyway?

    (As for what kind of suit, I would go with a three-button single breasted in a grey, charcoal, or black, as someone already suggested.)

    Peace,

    JG
     


  8. JeffsWood

    JeffsWood Senior member

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    A suit is not needed. Dress sharp as you can and save your money.

    Good luck on the date.
     
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  9. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    Bumping an almost 10 year old thread? :eek:
     


  10. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    Yea thats intense, the OP posted that when he was 19, now he's almost 30 and probably has kids. Who would have thought SF could encompass so much...
     


  11. phoenixrecon

    phoenixrecon Senior member

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    EL OH EL........





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  12. I am DIL

    I am DIL Senior member

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    This might be the greatest unintended mindfuckery ever executed.

    I read the whole thread thinking that I was going to give, like, this amazing nugget of advice and realized that the OP is nearly 30 now.
     


  13. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    So, which suit did you get?

    :D
     


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