Patent leather shoes with a suit

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  1. yfactor

    yfactor Member

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    I was wondering what people's opinions were about wearing black patent leather shoes with a normal black suit to a wedding (I'm the groom!)? Will it look funny?

    I am planning to go with a white wing tip shirt and black bow tie as well.

    Thanks in advance for your feedback!
     


  2. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

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    With a wing tip shirt, bow tie and patent shoes it seems more worrying that you will be wearing a black suit. That sounds like a Tux in everything but the jacket. I would be very cautious.

    You have two options; go with a normal tie and shirt with your black suit or switch to a proper tuxedo with all the accompanying accessories that you already own. You are currently running the risk of looking like you simply don't know how to wear a suit or a tux, which isn't really the look you're going for.
     


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    I have to agree with Blackhood. From the description it sounds as though your trying to fake a tux and that's not likely to work. There is nothing wrong with wearing the black suit as a black suit. If for whatever reason, you feel you have to have a tux, buy-rent or borrow one. If your planning on wearing a tux once in your life, call the local waiters union and they should be able to direct you to a couple of places that resell tuxes cheaply. Example, in Chicago, Monitor Cleaners can sell you and entire used tux including shirt for $100. They made headlines a few years ago by offering a free condom with every prom tux rental.

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/monitor-cleaners-chicago-2

    If this is going to be some million dollar red carpet affair, consult your stylist. :)


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  4. yfactor

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    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    I figure I'm only going to wear a tuxedo a handful of times in my life, whereas a nice black suit is quite versatile.

    Definitely don't want to look like I don't know how to wear a tux, or that I'm trying to fake a tux.
     


  5. yfactor

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    Thanks a lot for the feedback!

    I'd rather get a black suit because I know I'll get more use out of it in the future, whereas a tux I might only use a handful of times.

    Definitely don't want to look like I'm trying to fake a tux or that I don't know how to wear a suit.

    Looks like I'll have to reconsider my options.
     


  6. Steve Papas

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    Black suits is not a colour that compliments most men. They look good on men with black hair and darker toned skin, and not so good with brown or blond hair and lighter toned skin. This is why many SF members think they are only appropriate for funerals. So if you are looking for a suit to get more use of in the future, you may want to consider other colours.

    You should also read this SF article.

    http://www.styleforum.net/a/the-basics-of-wedding-attire
     


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    TiberiasUSA Senior member

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    +1

    For evening affairs Black suits can be great, but if this might be one of your only suits, or if it's a day/afternoon wedding or esp summer/spring weddings consider other colors for suit choices when making a decision.

    Besides not complementing skin tones etc. another reason grey's and navy's may be better is that everything has such a huge contrast with black, and very few things go well with it.
     


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    I have black hair and darker toned skin :)

    Thanks for the tip though, I hadn't really considered other colours. And thanks for the article, very useful!


    Thanks, it will be an evening affair, but I'll give some thought towards grey and navy's!
     


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    Black suit in the daytime says funeral, not wedding. At nighttime, black is always good. What time is your wedding?
     


  10. DJosef

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    Oh come on :) get a morning coat, will ya ;) Tuxedos are called "dinner" jackets or "evening" wear. Hint-hint. XD I'm sure your bride spends a f..ton on her dress, so why shouldn't you get something to match it? It's your wedding! :)
    (EDIT: sorry I reread your opening post and see you didn't mention it's day or evening wedding. If the sun is going to be up during the affair, I think it would be an awesome present to your wife-to-be to get proper day formal- or semiformal wear. If it's evening, just get a tux.)

    Seriously, that said I think a tux is awesomely versatile, at least if you live in a city and like art and other fine things. Going to the opera, an upscale restaurant, an art exhibition dinner, or similar stuff isn't the privilege of billionaires, and present a pretty good opportunity for putting a tux to good regular use. :)
     
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    The wedding ceremony is at 4:30pm, and the reception is immediately afterwards. So the whole event is late afternoon until circa midnight

    The reception will be semi-outdoors, not sure if that makes a tuxedo is less appropriate?
     


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    That's a late enough start for black tie. Rock the tux! Being semi-outdoor doesn't matter.

    Weddings are special. Live it up. Dress up. You'll never regret having a tuxedo / dinner jacket in your closet. You'll get more use out of it than you know.
     


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    Thanks a lot for the input everyone. Much appreciated.

    I think I will go with a tuxe!
     


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  15. Steve Papas

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    Good choice. Wearing clothes that you do not normally wear adds to the enjoyment of your special day.

    The wedding day will come and go, but the pictures and portraits taken will live on for the rest of your life. For me this is the most important reason why one should dress nicely on their wedding day.
     


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