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Inappropriate to wear a navy suit to a semi-formal event?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AvariceBespoke, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. AvariceBespoke

    AvariceBespoke Senior member

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    I would wear a suit too. I don't think there is anything wrong with it. If you want to tone it down maybe an OCBD with no tie, maybe even sweater over it under the jacket?
     
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    It's not inappropriate at all.

    To make it a bit more formal, wear a white spread collar shirt with french cuffs. Dress it up with some shiny cufflinks, a solid colored tie (gold, bright red, silver, metallic blue, etc.), a silk pocket square and a pair of polished black lace-up shoes.
     
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    It's not inappropriate at all.

    To make it a bit more formal, wear a white spread collar shirt with french cuffs. Dress it up with some shiny cufflinks, a solid colored tie (gold, bright red, silver, metallic blue, etc.), a silk pocket square and a pair of polished black lace-up shoes.


    I took semi-formal once the OP said "not black tie" as fairly "business casual".
     
  5. AvariceBespoke

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    I took semi-formal once the OP said "not black tie" as fairly "business casual".

    Sorry if my terms were not clear. Essentially it is not-black tie but it is relatively formal.

    When I said, semi-formal, I meant "not black tie"
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sorry if my terms were not clear. Essentially it is not-black tie but it is relatively formal.

    When I said, semi-formal, I meant "not black tie"


    Then French cuffs on a white shirt should do it. Technically semi-formal is black tie. I guess that is why I assumed you wanted to look more casual.
     
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    It's not inappropriate at all.

    To make it a bit more formal, wear a white spread collar shirt with french cuffs. Dress it up with some shiny cufflinks, a solid colored tie (gold, bright red, silver, metallic blue, etc.), a silk pocket square and a pair of polished black lace-up shoes.


    I was going to wear spread collar bright white shirt w french cuffs, antiqued brown shoes (borrelli esq)

    i need to decide upon the tie and pocket square
     
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    Then French cuffs on a white shirt should do it. Technically semi-formal is black tie. I guess that is why I assumed you wanted to look more casual.

    I understand - thanks for clarifying.

    I need to decide on tie / ps combo now.
     
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    I've done this in the past but I don't want to wear a p. design tie this time around - think I may go w/ a solid

    http://www.styleforum.net/attachment...1&d=1254579311

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    That pocket square or a plain white silk one would be fine. I'd definitely go with a solid tie. Paisley just strikes me as a more casual/daytime look.

    And while I know it goes against SF ideology [​IMG] , I'd still argue that black shoes and belt are more formal for an evening event like this.
     
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    Solid tie. or something that is simple with lines or dots. Nothing over the top.

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    This is perhaps the weakest remedial thread in SF history.


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    Attending a large 200pp dinner/cocktail party at a country club this weekend. Is it inappropriate to wear a navy suit? If one did wear a navy suit what would be appropriate shirt/tie/accessories to make it more appropriate for the evening? This is not a black-tie event but it is an evening dinner party that will resemble a wedding.

    Why wouldn't you be able to wear a navy suit? If its not black tie, then something like a navy suit is the obvious next step down in formality. I would probably wear it with a white french-cuff shirt, then choose whatever tie takes your fancy.
     
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    It's not inappropriate at all.

    To make it a bit more formal, wear a white spread collar shirt with french cuffs. Dress it up with some shiny cufflinks, a solid colored tie (gold, bright red, silver, metallic blue, etc.), a silk pocket square and a pair of polished black lace-up shoes.


    ^^^^ This.
     
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    Then French cuffs on a white shirt should do it. Technically semi-formal is black tie. I guess that is why I assumed you wanted to look more casual.

    incorrect.

    Semi-formal = suit and tie
    Formal = tuxedo (aka black tie)
     
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    incorrect.

    Semi-formal = suit and tie
    Formal = tuxedo (aka black tie)


    Actually, you're the one who's incorrect.

    Business attire: suit and tie
    Semi-formal: Black tie at night, Stroller during the day.
    Formal: White tie at night, Morning coat during the day.

    These days, formal events are usually only black tie, but semi-formal is a specific phrase that means black tie. "Formal attire" means a tailcoat, traditionally anyway. And as long as the original meanings are still in use, the new definitions will be incorrect.
     
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    Suit should be OK although many won't bother. No tie however.
     
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    This is perhaps the weakest remedial thread in SF history.

    - B


    +10000 [​IMG]

    Actually, you're the one who's incorrect.

    Business attire: suit and tie
    Semi-formal: Black tie at night, Stroller during the day.
    Formal: White tie at night, Morning coat during the day.

    These days, formal events are usually only black tie, but semi-formal is a specific phrase that means black tie. "Formal attire" means a tailcoat, traditionally anyway. And as long as the original meanings are still in use, the new definitions will be incorrect.


    You are correct. However, today, the more common designations/understandings are:

    Informal: Blazer and tie
    Semi-formal: Dark suit and tie
    Formal: Tuxedo

    And really, as more and more people are becoming style-challenged slobs, I find that if you want people to show up in a tux, you need to put "Black Tie" or even "Black Tie Required" on the invitation; otherwise "Formal" is being interpreted increasingly as suit and tie.
     
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    Actually, you're the one who's incorrect.

    Business attire: suit and tie
    Semi-formal: Black tie at night, Stroller during the day.
    Formal: White tie at night, Morning coat during the day.

    These days, formal events are usually only black tie, but semi-formal is a specific phrase that means black tie. "Formal attire" means a tailcoat, traditionally anyway. And as long as the original meanings are still in use, the new definitions will be incorrect.


    if we are going way back in time then you would be right - but we're not!

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Bounder

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    +10000 [​IMG] You are correct. However, today, the more common designations/understandings are: Informal: Flip flops, cargo shorts, t-shirt Semi-formal: Dark suit and tie Formal: Tuxedo
    FTFY Put "informal" on an invitation at your peril.
    if we are going way back in time then you would be right - but we're not! [​IMG]
    Sorry, but he is right. To the extent that "semi-formal" has any actual meaning, it means "black tie." The problem is that "black tie" barely has any standard, agreed meaning, much less "semi-formal."
     

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