What is semi-formal wear for men?


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Semi-formal wear for men includes dark suits, dress shirts and ties. Semi-formal wear is just one step down from black tie optional wear, and some men prefer to dress more toward that style than the dressy causal style.

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Dark business suits are appropriate for semi-formal events. Some men choose to wear tuxedos at semi-formal events, such as evening weddings or galas. Tuxedos are acceptable, though are more commonly associated with white tie, black tie and black tie optional styles. If a suit is worn, a matching vest can also be worn.

Dress shirts can be white, but a conservative color is appropriate as well. It is imperative that the colored shirt match the dark business suit. The shirt, regardless of color, should be pressed and crisp.

A dark tie or bow tie is expected in semi-formal dress. As with shirts, a conservatively colored tie can be worn, but not a wildly patterned or ostentatious tie. A dark tie looks more formal than a colored tie, so solid and dark work better if the event is more formal.

Leather dress shoes and a leather belt are required for semi-formal wear. Dark colors, preferably those that match the suit, are best. Dark dress socks are also a must.

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