Help! Dress Code 'Evening Wear'

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Arista, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. Arista

    Arista New Member

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    Aug 26, 2014
    Hi all. First time poster, long time lurker... I'm in need of some assistance!

    I'm 24 years old, and I recently found out I'll be attending my Uncle's 60th birthday next month. The dress code is 'Evening Wear' & it's being held at a venue where wedding receptions are often conducted. I need it spelled out for me: does this sound like tuxedo territory? I'm starting to feel a little hot under the collar because I have nothing in my wardrobe that approaches that caliber. Of course, I want to make a strong impact, but I'm only willing to spend a few hundred bucks if I can get away with it.

    I saw this on ebay... It's cheap, a hundred bucks, & Italian made... But I've never heard of the brand (Lebole Uomo?). There are no measurements provided but I'm usually a medium/40/50 and I have a decent tailor. Do you think it might work sans vest?

    The only 'nice' shoes I own... Church's derbies in burgundy. Am I right in thinking these are utterly inappropriate?


    Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.

  2. NefariousSabatour

    NefariousSabatour Senior member

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    he's your uncle, ask him what he had in mind with regards to the level of formality.

    as to the rest of it:

    there are no measurements provided with the suit. that right there is a total non-starter. don't buy used or online stuff for yourself in a pinch, and especially don't do it when you have no clue how it will fit.

    the shoes are not appropriate for formal wear.

  3. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Mar 15, 2006
    Ask the man - if he is so vague he should expect questions. Secondly forget that suit (if that is not to charitable a word. Blue with a black shawl collar resembles something the band or a waiter might wear, certainly not a guest.

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