Posted Oct 13, 2009 in For Him | 3 Comments

Country Chic to Black tie: The Ultimate Guys Guide for every Event

Cowboy Chic - Trends Menswear

A friend asked me this past week what to wear to a wedding that was “Country Chic” (Never even knew that type of event existed). Obviously we all think of a pair of jean overalls, a plaid shirt, with a pair of cowboy boots (ok I think that’s more Cowboy Chic). This led me to this week’s post: a guy’s dress cheat sheet to any event.  Note to the wise: Jeans are ALWAYS a NO-NO.

Casual - Trends Menswear

Casual: Unless your 16 and under, blue jeans are no longer allowed. Instead opt for a pair of khaki’s, black jeans, or twill pants. In terms of tops, sweaters and a t-shirts are acceptable, cardigans, Oxford shirts or even a blazer with an open collar or solid tee. For footwear, you can dress the part and wear a pair of sneakers, but none that end in –ike, or –eebok. Try a low top leather sneaker but please make sure they’re clean.

Semi Formal - Trends Menswear

Semi-Formal: This is always one of the toughest categories, because you don’t want to over dress, but you NEVER EVER want to under dress. You can never fail with a suit without a tie, or ditch the blazer and do a white shirt and tie. You should be wearing black leather shoes.

Formal - Trends Menswear

Formal: The easy no worry suit and tie and black dress shoes. THAT’S IT. You can also add a pocket square or tie bar, to add that extra touch.

Black Tie - Trends Menswear

Black Tie: Who doesn’t love to wear a tuxedo, but if you don’t feel like renting one as most of us aren’t at the age of owning a tux, opt for an all black suit, white shirt and black (bow) tie, and if your like me and thought it would be a wise investment to buy a cummerbund throw it on.

Now getting back to “Country Chic” think Semi-Formal but dress it down with a leather jacket (opening pic), because most probably it will be outdoors (keep your overall’s for the after party).  N.B. If you are completely baffled by the dress code don’t just ask a friend ask the host of the party.

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  2. This may be one of the nicest pieces of clothing that I own. I actually bought it for myself, and it has been everything that I thought it would be.

  3. Cool post! How much stuff did you have to look up in order to write this one? I can tell you put some work in.

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