What To Wear To A Formal Party

You have been invited to a formal party and face the dilemma of what to wear. You can play it safe with a classically tailored suit, designer cufflinks and expensive watch. But there are alternatives to this which allow you to remain well groomed but express your individuality as well.

Formal can mean fun

It is very easy to assume that formal means boring or old fashioned. It might be a smart event such as a wedding anniversary but you have a fair amount of leeway in what you can wear. A suit may be mandatory but there are a wide range of colours, fabrics and styles to choose from. Plus you can opt for a particular look, for example the ‘007 look’ or the ‘extremely wealthy hedge fund manager look’.

Sleek, narrow lapelled suits a la Mad Men are still very much on trend. Choose a grey slim fitting suit, team it with a white shirt, slim tie and a pair of black Oxfords, and, add a final flourish with a pair of designer cufflinks. This is a stylish yet sexy look.

You may want to give the fedora a miss though.

Wedding wonder

If you have been invited to a wedding the choice is between a suit or smart shirt and trousers combo. But this depends upon how well you know the bride and groom and the type of ‘do’ they are having.

If it is a full on traditional church wedding then opt for a smart three piece suit in a dark navy, black or grey colour, handmade shoes and a silk pocket handkerchief in the top pocket.

But if it is to be held in a registry office or is planned as an informal event then a pair of slim fit trousers and a matching shirt will pass muster. Add a roller buckle belt and a black plating watch. There is always the option to add a tie if necessary.

Corporate entertaining

An after work event may be a social affair but tread carefully. It is all too easy to get carried away so opt for smart casual or conservative unless you work in a creative environment.

A good choice is a pair of suit trousers with a coloured shirt, skinny tie, tuxedo blazer and a pair of patent leather shoes. But if you are a fan of the film ‘Quadrophenia’ then release your inner mod and choose a sharp Italian suit or a pair of slim fitting chinos, button down shirt, skinny tie and a velvet blazer.

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