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Dress me for wedding

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jwoodywild, May 9, 2006.

  1. jwoodywild

    jwoodywild Member

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    Help! I am attending a wedding in the Low Country and want to wear a seersucker suit. In shopping at Filenes tonight there were 3different Haspell suits available in seersucker---a lightish green, traditional blue, and a tan.

    I need advice on which to choose and how to dress it up---meaning what is the best shirt and tie combo. And what about shoes?

    FYI, the wedding invitation says the dress is "semi-formal" although the reception starts at 7pm.

    Is it possible that seersucker isnt even appropriate? I know the groom and groomsmen are wearing khaki suits from Bananna Republic, for what its worth.

    Hurry. I have a week to get this all done!
     


  2. Edward Appleby

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    Assuming that you're referring to the American South and not Belgium or the Netherlands, I'd say seersucker is definitely appropriate, if ever so slightly dandy.

    With traditional blue (or green, for that matter) seersucker, I think it's hard to beat a white shirt (button down for a more traditional look, spread for less) and a pink tie. A blue shirt would be nice too, provided that the shade is different from and works with the suit's.
     


  3. coachvu

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    Seersucker is definitely appropriate. I agree with the white shirt/pink tie comment. You could also wear a red knit tie. For shoes, I've seen some white Alden's in the Ben Silver catalog that look great. Two-tone white and brown shoes would work, also. Depends on what you want to spend.
     


  4. Edward Appleby

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    White bucs would be tight too.
     


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    Before pursuing the matter any further, I would get clarification of the term "semi-formal." In proper circles, this is supposed to indicate black tie, i.e., a tuxedo, which would be very congruent with a 7:00 p.m. reception.

    However, in a lot of contemporary usage, it merely means "vaguely dressy," in which case the foregoing recommendations of seersucker, etc., should be fine.

    Be sure to find out what is meant.

    What in fact does "the Low Country" mean in this context? I too always thought of it as denoting Holland and its environs and nothing else.
     


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    you are way safe with the seersucker.
     


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    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    FYI - Sierra Trading Post has a Haspel seersucker suit for $149.95...

    http://www.sierratradingpost.com/pro...x?baseno=48241

    If it's available in your size, it might save you some money. Use the link from the forum.

    As to the description as "semi-formal" my guess would be if this in the American South and the Groom and Groomsman are in BR khaki suits that this is technically a misuse of the term and that it is meant to convey the fact that you don't have to wear a tie if you don't feel like it.
     


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    What in fact does "the Low Country" mean in this context? I too always thought of it as denoting Holland and its environs and nothing else.

    The Low Country is a region in South Carolina.
     


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    The suggestions you've received so far have been very good ones, but let me also agitate for a pink shirt with a navy background tie.
     


  10. Edward Appleby

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    let me also agitate for a pink shirt with a navy background tie.
    Nice suggestion. That could really pop, for lack of a better word, if done correctly.
     


  11. jwoodywild

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    Thanks for all the replies. Great suggestions. I think that in this case (my interpretation) is that semi-formal means no black tie and a bit more casual in suit choice. I think this because:

    a) Its the Low Country (South Carolina) where not much is formal
    b) It will be hot and semi formal may be less uncomfortable

    I like the white shirt pink tie and/or pink shirt blue tie. But a few other questions:

    1) Any thoughts on the other seersucker color of tan or green?

    2) What about an orange tie with blue strips for use with the blue seersucker?
     


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