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More than a suit less than a tuxedo?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jml90, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. jml90

    jml90 Senior member

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    I am attending what our school calls a "semi-formal" which means everyone wears a suit [​IMG] . So should I go tux off white DJ or something else (this will be in the fall)
     
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    If the dress code is a suit, wear a suit.
     
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    If the dress code is a suit, wear a suit.
    No it's really called semi formal
     
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    doesnt semi-formal mean "wear a suit"? I def wouldnt wear a tux to "semi formal"
     
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    doesnt semi-formal mean "wear a suit"? I def wouldnt wear a tux to "semi formal"
    It's basically archaic usage now, but yeah, semi-formal traditionally meant "black tie." To this day, invitations you get from by-the-book operations (e.g., embassies) will say "business attire" or "lounge suit" for a suit and "Semi formal" or "Black tie" for a dinner jacket. "Formal" in the evening is white tie and tails, which is really rare.
     
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    No it's really called semi formal

    Which as you've described means wear a suit at your school.
     
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    Which as you've described means wear a suit at your school.
    Actually it seems to mean that everywhere

    Is there something more than a suit but less than a DJ?
    Maybe a velvet jacket?
     
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    Maybe a velvet jacket?

    I always think of velvet jackets as being very casual. You seem to have an aversion to wearing a suit, but wouldnt mind wearing something more formal....??
     
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    I always think of velvet jackets as being very casual. You seem to have an aversion to wearing a suit, but wouldnt mind wearing something more formal....??
    I would think of a velvet jacket to be more formal than a lounge suit

    Maybe I should just dress a suit up and wear a 3pc
     
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    I would think of a velvet jacket to be more formal than a lounge suit

    Does anyone even wear Lounge suits anymore? ....last I saw was on TV on The Apprentice a few seasons ago when that annoying guy Danny wore one everyday and sang bad songs on his geetar every chance he could

    *I always think of "lounge suit" as those 70s monstrosities like Mr Furley wore on Threes Company.
     
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    Does anyone even wear Lounge suits anymore? ....last I saw was on TV on The Apprentice a few seasons ago when that annoying guy Danny wore one everyday and sang bad songs on his geetar every chance he could
    A lounge suit is just what we refer to as a "suit". Not a leisure suit.

    Is the point of this thread that you would like to outdress the people in suits?
     
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    At least a '70s leisure suit is better casualwear than what people wear today.
     
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    EDIT: What J said.
     
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    A lounge suit is just what we refer to as a "suit". Not a leisure suit.

    ah, leisure suit.....got that mixed up with lounge suit. thanks for clarification
     
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    A lounge suit is just what we refer to as a "suit". Not a leisure suit.

    Is the point of this thread that you would like to outdress the people in suits?

    I hadn't thought of it that way but you could be right? [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I really wouldn't want to fall into a sea of suits
     
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    Nothing wrong with that. I guess it depends on the character of the event, the school, and you to determine what options you have.

    The easiest suggestion that is still likely to be "safe" is to get a really sharp one-button peak lapel suit in a midnight blue/black mohair or sharkskin, something with some sheen to it (not a ton, just some). Pair that with a high spread collar white, or maybe pink or pale sky blue shirt and a black grenadine tie, and white linen handkerchief, and you will have outdressed about 99% of the people in the world for an event like that.

    Edit: easy suggestion for me to make. Probably not easy to put together, at least not the suit.
     
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    The suit will be the hardest part
     

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