Planning a wedding? The bride usually gets most of the attention and let me be clear, we shall NOT take away from her for even a moment. However, if you want to stay up to date in your Spring or Summer formalwear, I can recommend one specific thing: color.
Whether it is the tux itself or the tuxedo shirt, try a touch of color. This Spring you may want to shoot for a pastel colored suit or tuxedo.
If the brides dress is off the rails stunning you can afford to get a little crazy with a custom tuxedo shirt in a wild print (only with her approval, of course).
Too much, too soon? Keep the color simple go with a custom tuxedo shirt in lavender, sky blue, or blush pink with a navy or black tux.
Still out of your comfort zone? What about a brightly colored tie and pocket square?
Dress Well! Be Well!
Ever wonder exactly what “cocktail attire” on an invitation actually means? It is indeed a bit tricky depending on the event itself and even the location. If it is a wedding, think in terms of dressing up your cocktail attire. If it is a party or social meeting, you are usually free to gear your dress a little more to the casual side of cocktail. Wait, what? Have I confused you more?
To simplify, let’s start with a wedding invitation that asks for cocktail attire. It is best to wear a solid colored or subtle striped custom dress shirt with a coat and tie. (I can hear you sighing from here but alas, yes coat and tie.) If you decide to go for the stripe, keep the suit in a solid color. Feel free to choose some funky cuff links or a trendy tie as it isn’t a full formal event.
Now, say it is more of a social gathering…In this case, feel free to go either with a crisp custom dress shirt and tie (sans coat) or a suit and dress shirt and leave the tie in the closet. Again adding some interest to your wardrobe is totally acceptable. Maybe try a new collar style on the shirt or add a nice pocket square to the coat. At the very least, a nice sport coat will do in a pinch.
If either of these events is outdoors, feel free to add a little more texture or punch to it.
Let’s talk about the kicks. A nice pair of leather oxfords or possibly leather tassel loafers are appropriate for either of the above situations. A fine pair of dress boots are another option in the cooler months. Don’t forget the belt.
Still a bit iffy on what is generally acceptable? How about a list of things to avoid:
Button Down Collar
Denim of any kind
A “polo” type short sleeve shirt
Dress Well Gents!
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