Tuxedos

What to wear to a “Semi-Formal” event

We’re not sure about you, but when we get an invitation to a “Black Tie” or “Semi-formal” function, our first thought is: Do they really mean Black Tie?

Black-tie formal wear; What it actually means: Black tie is a dress code for social functions that start after 6 p.m., and basically translates to “this party is super fancy and men should wear tuxedos – with a black tie.” Black tie is the most formal dress code you’ll probably face when to comes to weddings or galas. For women, it’s customary to wear floor-length gowns. NOTE: This is the same dress code as “Semi-Formal.” “Formal,” means White Tie and Tails.

Black Tie Optional: If you receive an invite with the term “Black Tie Optional” or “Black Tie Encouraged” it means you can opt for a suit or sport coat instead of a tuxedo, but you should still wear a tie (not necessarily black). For women, it means opting for a cocktail dress if you would like, so long as the hemline isn’t too short or the style isn’t too revealing. Essentially, ladies should choose a dress that’ll hold up alongside a room full of men in formal tuxedos, and women who potentially have chosen to wear gowns.

The best course of action when you receive such an invitation, is to reach out to the host and ask what they’re really expecting to see.

At the Natty Dresser we sell and rent tuxedos and suits for all of life’s special occasions. Drop in and see what we have to offer.

Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!

Wedding Style: Keep it Classic

It is easy to understand why a couple would want to make their wedding day special, and even want it to stand out from other weddings they have attended, but one thing we at The Natty Dresser always advise keeping the basics classic. Fads come and go, but the classic looks live on. This simple principal will insure that you won’t be embarrassed by your wedding photos in the future.

Have fun with the table decor, the guest book, even the toasts that are given, but make sure that the first photo of you as man & wife is one that you will be happy to have hang in the entryway of your home when you are in your golden years.

The big fad we see right now in weddings is having the groomsmen in vest and trousers with no coat. While it might be fun to take some photos like this, be sure to get some with all of the guys in coats. Why? Because every guy looks better in a suit than in shirt sleeves. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes and while it looks great on a Pinterest board, chances are it won’t translate well in real life. It can be almost impossible to keep that shirt tucked in all day, and a jacket will help hide an escaping shirt tail.

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the bands
of bright white and mis-matched belts.

As a guy I can tell you that when the men in this photo saw it for the first time, all they saw was that white shirt creeping out from below the vest. The flowers on the vests tell me they didn’t have a coat to wear, and this problem probably just got worse as the day went on.

Be sure to plan for all the body types in your wedding party, not everyone will look good in an ultra slim suit, that is why there are a few styles that we carry in both slim AND ultra slim. This way everyone will look good in your wedding photos.

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Suspenders when worn with a vest should always go under the vest.

Here is another Fad that should be avoided on your wedding day… Suspenders OVER a vest. Guys, this is NOT a thing! Please don’t let her and her Pinterest board do this to you and your groomsmen.

Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!