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what to wear to a formal?

lsxscoob

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I've been asked by this girl to be her date to her sorority's formal and I'm a little unsure which suit/suit combo to wear. Here are the two ideas I've come up with.

1) light gray suit with purple gingham shirt, black tie, black belt, black cap toes. (Un sure on socks)

2) Navy suit with a white shirt a fuschia/berry colored tie and cognac colored wing tip shoes.

Any input would be great. Also open to other ideas you guys think would work wonderfully. Thanks!!
 

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Probably the dark suit but ask her what she would expect other men to wear, surely she has been before?
 

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I asked her and she said she doesn't really care. I have a black suit as well but I just wanted to stand out a little more. Obviously not to try to out do her (not like I could) but also to show her that I actually cared that she thought to ask me to be her date.
 

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I asked her and she said she doesn't really care. I have a black suit as well but I just wanted to stand out a little more. Obviously not to try to out do her (not like I could) but also to show her that I actually cared that she thought to ask me to be her date.

You won't find a lot of love for trying to "stand out" around here. Simple elegance is very underrated, even in college. A white shirt is best with a black tie or a tie in some shade of blue or some shade of grey. Make sure the clothes fit, shave / groom yourself appropriately before the event, etc. Most importantly, have fun.

Wear the navy suit, white shirt, black tie, black belt, black cap toes.

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Well I am starting to like the idea of the navy with black tie/belt/shoes. Would it be safe to wear a stainless watch with black face? Or would you guys recommend something else?
 

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I appreciate the help. Can't wait to get more sound advice from the pros!
 

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Personally I prefer no watch. But if your watch is reasonably slim and simple it's fine.
I guess I also forgot to ask, if I do the Navy Suit with black tie, black shoes, black belt. What color socks would be needed? Also would you recommend a pocket square? Color?

You guys are awesome. Thanks!
 

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I never wear watches to things like this. Do you have somewhere else you need to be? Who cares what time it is, just have fun.

Also, don't use gimmicky shit to stand out. When you're wearing the right clothes, you'll stick out in a good way without being obnoxious
 

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Never really thought about the option to not wear a watch, but when you put it that way it sounds like a pretty good reason not to. Again, much thanks.
 

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