Formal Styles for Teenage Guys

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Formal Styles for Teenage Guys
A vest in pink with a dark suit adds flair. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Teenage guys who are contemplating what to wear for a formal event have more choices then they realise. Events such as proms, weddings and special occasions typically require at least a suit and tie, which is the foundation of a formal look. However, personal touches can enhance a suit by creating a modern look. Whether it is a first-time suit or a fashion update, teen males can find several formalwear styles that are young, hip and trendy.

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Classic white is the traditional colour for a dress shirt. Opt for something nontraditional. A dark-blue shirt goes well with a grey suit. Patterned shirts, such as plaid, striped or small checks, are daring, but the style can be pulled off if done correctly. Shirts in black or baby blue denote a personal choice. Keeping shirts monochromatic provides a modern look when paired with a bright solid-colour tie.


For events that require a suit, think outside the box. Young celebrities are a source for fashion ideas. Some are seen sporting deep red, pinstriped or silver jackets. Suits with vests in contrasting colours make a vintage style look hip. For instance, match a black vest with a grey suit. Tuxedo jacket lapels are offered either wide or thin, depending on personal preference. Try a coloured or patterned shirt, such as a blue and black-striped shirt under a wide-lapel tux jacket to modernise a super formal look.


Ties are the eye-catcher of formal wear. Ties are available in a bow style or regular, which are wide or thin. Consider the suit and jacket lapels when deciding on a tie style or width. Wide lapels look better with wider ties. Try something different, such as a small-patterned tie with a super formal suit. Solid colours like in pastels, reds, blacks and greys are trendy among young celebrities. A red tie pairs well with a heather grey shirt or patterned shirt. A grey tie with a black shirt or vice versa creates a classic look.


Formal wear shoes have a rule to be followed: coordinate the colour of the shoe with the colour of the belt. Formal shoes are typically shiny leather and available in several styles. Black shoes are the conventional colour that pairs well with monochromatic and dark-coloured suits. Tie or slip-on styles are fashionable. Just make sure the shoes are comfortable.

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