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Need some help guys.... Semi Formal to attend

davis98

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Hey guys, I need some help for an upcoming semi-formal. Its a university thing, so I'm not counting on the majority of the guys being all that well dressed. Looking for some input as to what I should wear. I will be meeting her friends for the first time so I'd like to make a good impression

Please ignore the fact that im wearing jeans and my shirt isn't tucked in. I won't be wearing a tie and will be wearing this blazer.

Classic white, a little boring but looks great with this blazer, the shirt is nicely made as well but not very fitted.


My favorite shirt of the two, french cuffs and nicely cut. Im just not sure it works with this blazer. Without the blazer, this is definetly my favorite shirt.
http://img83.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc02420rk6.jpg

So what would you guys do? Get a new shirt, if so what color? Stick with the white or go with the patterned one?

Also, for shoes would you go with Adidas Sambas or stick with a traditional dress shoe? I think Sambas might be kinda cool, but maybe a little much? I'll be wearing plain black dress pants.

Thanks for you input guys!
 

Edward Appleby

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The shirt doesn't work with the jacket. You've got dark + dark, which is tricky to do at best, and wide pattern + wide pattern. A pinstriped odd jacket really isn't kosher, so you're sort of out of the Rules with this one. In any case, plain black pants are going to look quite out of place with a pinstriped jacket (it's not a blazer.)

If you're set on the jacket, I'd take it farther in the streetwear direction, since you're already breaking the Rules. I'd wear some dark, slimish jeans, a white shirt, a tie (skinny black, perhaps, I'd have to think about it though) and dress shoes.

Basically, though, this is all academic. The girls will probably be so amazed by the fact that you managed to put on a jacket that they won't notice or be able to distinguish anything else. So, essentially, any effort you put into your outfit beyond that will accomplish only a couple of things: a.) create an overal improvement in your look that probably won't be that great and will come off as sort of an ineffable smartness about you or b.) get a compliment from that one girl in the group (who may or may not exist) who wears Diane von Furstenberg and APC, or at least know what they are.

Now, the degree to which a.) comes into play is very relative. For example, going from an AmJack uniform (stripey shirt, chinos, square-toes) to what you're planning will create a significant improvement in the eyes of college girls. However, going from what you're planning to what we might suggest, though it would be almost equal improvement in the eyes of the members of StyleForum, would probably create a much smaller difference in the eyes of college girls.

That was probably a hell of a lot more than you wanted to read, but that's sort of how I've felt everytime someone asks about dressing for a school party and I just wanted to finally articulate it.
 

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Would you say the white shirt makes it a little too formal, or does it depend on the white shirt and this one might?
 

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You are in college, so remember to have fun first and foremost. Don't get too hung up over the rules, as I doubt most of the other attendees will know the 'rules' anyway.

I personally wouldn't pair the patterned shirt with the striped jacket. If that is the only jacket you own, I would do that with a pair of dark denim, white shirt, skinny tie like EA said.

What do you have for shoes? I personally wouldn't do the Sambas, but it may work for you. Do you have any dress shoes? I'd probably go with ankle boots - if you always wanted a pair but don't own any, this may be an excuse to pick some up.
 

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I think the jacket will look strange with anything but jeans; as already stated, it's not a blazer. Also, I would never wear any sort of sneakers to a semi-formal event.
 

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Sambas would look good with that jacket and dark jeans, wouldn't they? If any sneakers would?
 

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Originally Posted by josepidal
Sambas would look good with that jacket and dark jeans, wouldn't they? If any sneakers would?


Sort of. But Chelsea boots would look better. They wouldn't cry "preppy" or "stiff," would subtly dress up the outfit, and chicks would dig it.
 

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The stripes on that jacket are sparkly, aren't they? In which case, you'd best treat it like velvet and go fashion full forward as the other members recommend. Sambas and black trousers are not trying hard enough. A white shirt with French Cuffs would be nice and do you guys think he could pull off a pleated shirt from the other "semi-formal"? Dark, slim jeans; skinny tie (perhaps that black grenadine that we're all supposed to own?); and the sexiest shoes you can find to complete the look. And don't forget your pocket square!
 

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I think it could look great, but I'd unbutton one more button on the shirt.

THat will help break up some of the white wasteland we're currently seeing, and look properly casual.
 

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I'm strongly in favour of the white shirt, jeans, and ankle boots with that jacket. A white silk pocket square, puffed, could also work, I think.

I don't like ties with jeans, although this may be a personal idiosyncracy.
 

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Hey again... thanks for all your input so far!

I really wanted to wear jeans as my shoes are brown and look kinda silly with black pants. I do have another jacket, its brown and grey, but she is wearing a black dress and told/asked me to wear the black jacket.

The stripes aren't sparkly but they do kinda look it sometimes, this is a close-up of the fabric


I've tried on a black tie, didn't really like it, heres a pic...


Without a tie...


Where could I get a pocket square? I have another pair of jeans, nudies, that are newish and still really dark, would I be better off with them?

In case you couldnt already tell, Im more into the streetwear side of things, so thanks again for all the help guys!
 

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Drop the tie, unbutton the shirt another button and use the smaller cuff buttons if you've got them on that shirt. I lean toward the darker jeans, but haven't seen them, obvs.
 

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Darker jeans would probably look better, yes. You should check with her that jeans are okay, though.
From what little I can see, the shoes look good! The tie would look better in a silk knit (grenadine or ottoman), but it still might not look great. What's your timeline? Can somebody suggest somewhere better than a dept store for a basic pocket square? PS: The cuff isn't showing straight, is there something weird going on?
 

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I told her I was going to wear jeans and she told me "go for it" I'm probably going to end up being the only one there in jeans and look like a total knob, but who cares right? I'm either the guy who cant match his jacket to his pants with brown shoes or the guy with jeans.

The cuffs on the shirt are fine, I'm always pulling it down as the sleeves on the jacket are just a tiny bit long.

Heres a pic of my other jeans, I dont really want to wear them as they are dry denim. Will they stain my dress shoes as they have every other pair of shoes I own?
Please ignore the stupid look on my face



My other blazer er sorry jacket... whats the differnce?



Close up of my shoes, I don't care if you guys don't like them cuz they are the only pair I have

 

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Originally Posted by davis98

What, are they going to stain those lighter?! (They look good, what are they, anyway?) The black jacket + raw jeans is the best combo so far. But WTF's with the polo shirt?! :p PS: I would recommend your next sportcoat not be striped.
 

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