We have talked about styles, rockers, hipsters, casual and formal, and for each of them we have looked at their pros and cons, so now it's time for the semi-formal style. No, we are not talking about a contradiction in terms of clothing, but something that has a specific style.
Before knowing what you are going to wear or how you should combine it, you have to know in advance where this semi-formal style comes from; we all know that there are very elegant parties, so a formal style is recommended, but there are parties completely out of the elegant, so the casual style is the most appropriate.
But are there not events that are an intermediate between both? You are right. Many times we have meetings or dinners where it is important to look good, but it’s not necessary to wear a tuxedo. That's where we use the semi-formal style. However you must know some rules of this style so you can don it comfortably.
With suit or without suit?
Well, there is a big dilemma at this point, since you must be very careful when you choose to wear a tuxedo, since you do not want to look like a penguin coming out of the water when you are in an event that is not so elegant.
The suits come in different shapes and colors, try to opt for a dark one, such as blue or black, for the night; while, for the day, light colors, like beige are perfect. Now, if an event is more casual than formal, you can make a more pleasant combination: use the suit jacket and columbian with black pants, white shirt and black shoes. However, if the event is more formal you can combine the vest with your suit, you will look great.
Shoes can make a huge difference
The most ideal for this style is that you wear some loafers, leather shoes or laces. Paul Evans has some great options that fit perfectly with the semi-formal as well as the formal style.
Just keep in mind that if the shoes are dark, then your socks must also be dark, this is law. You can opt for dark colors for the night, like black or dark brown, while for the day you can combine some lighter ones.
The accessories are also very important
With a semi formal look it is normal that we do not want to look so serious, so it is good to combine ties with prints, but remember not to exaggerate.
In turn, you can try these other accessories for men that will surely make you look great:
Black belt: remember that you should not be too black to make you look too formal.
Pocket handkerchief: this is something that gives the suit great joy.
Clock: there is nothing more that speaks of elegance to the casual style than a good watch.
Sunglasses: just use them in the day, unless you're a famous artist who needs glasses to escape from the paparazzi flashes, but if you're not, then forget it!
Tips that you must take into account
The first thing you should know is that you should not exaggerate the elegant style. This is where many people often fail. Avoid being the one who is out of place because he did not know how to dress well. Try to find out what your friends or family will wear, it will point you in the right direction.
Now, in the same way, you should not exaggerate in the informal. The idea is that you do not come as a vagabond to a semi-formal party because you can be kicked out of the place. Avoid everything that is sporty.
Finally, the best you can do is ask the person who is inviting you how you should go dressed. Of course, you will not ask for fashion advice, just make sure of what the event will be like so you can experiment with your closet. Remember that it is best to make sure, this is an intermediate style where the most important thing is that you have fun and that you express your personality, not anyone else's.