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Define cocktail attire

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Beckwith, May 4, 2006.

  1. Beckwith

    Beckwith Senior member

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    I was under the impression that it was pants and a sport coat, or a suit and no tie. What is the proper attire for this? My context is a wedding in June in New Hampshire.
     
  2. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    I've always taken it to mean suit and tie but nowadays you'll see sportcoat sans tie with great regularity. For a wedding I would probably wear a suit and tie.
     
  3. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I find it usually means "smart and stylish". Not necessarily suit and tie, not necessarily open-collar - whatever you think is appropriately dressy and stylish without being black tie. Usually implies a jacket of some sort, unless seriously hot weather.

    For afternoon events in summer, I tend to use an off-white cotton suit, with a open-necked linen shirt.

    In evenings, I usually will go with suit and tie, but in fun, interesting colours and more flashy/less conservative than business wear.

    Or you could do a "Clooney" - charcoal suit in a nice fabric, white open-neck shirt, neat but elegant shoes and accessories. Always looks relaxed, yet stylish.
     
  4. cpac

    cpac Senior member

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    Agreed.

    This may be one of the few descriptions which makes women's choices easier than men's. But in general I think it means jacket required, tie optional, but in either case looking sharp, and dressing with a view towards the evening.
     
  5. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    This may be one of the few descriptions which makes women's choices easier than men's.

    I agree. For women, it's a cocktail dress for "cocktail dress." I think the suit sans tie is about right.
     
  6. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    It means time to pull out that black suit and wear it with pride [​IMG]
     
  7. stach

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    Suit with silk t-shirt would be an option.
     

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