Fancy Dress Ideas for Men

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Fancy Dress Ideas for Men
When it comes to men's fashion, less can be more. (man image by Mat Hayward from

When it comes to fashion, men have just as much to gain as women by selecting the right look for formal events. Whether the event is black tie or requires a suit and jacket, selecting the right fancy men's attire can present you with a sleek and polished appearance. Following a few simple steps can help you to overcome common fashion faux pas and get you on the road to style.

Suit and Tie

In selecting a fancy suit and tie for a formal occasion, the key is to keep it simple. For most corporate and semi- formal events, it is best to stick to the classic white dress shirt paired with a dark suit jacket, trousers and tie. If you choose a colour other than white to wear with your suit, be sure to use soft, muted tones. While bold colours may be trendy, they may not be the right choice for a more conservative event. Another key hint is to make sure your dress shoes match your suit. Nothing clashes worse than a black suit and brown shoes.


When selecting a tuxedo, it is important to remember that sticking with the classic look of black and white is almost always best. Tuxedos typically are composed of several pieces and consist of more than simply shirt, trousers, jacket and tie. True tuxedos come complete with a dinner jacket, a pair of formal men's trousers, a waist shirt, cummerbund and formal black tie. When wearing black tie in the winter, a formal overcoat may be necessary. Overcoats should always be longer and dark in colour, preferably either black, dark navy or very dark grey in order to keep with the formal look of the tuxedo.

Semi-formal Looks

Some events are considered semi-formal and do not require a tuxedo. That being said, a polished look is always a necessity when you are attending an event where dinner is likely to be served. An excellent alternative to the tuxedo is a pair of men's dress trousers, dinner jacket and a crisp white shirt buttoned up to the top, sans a tie. This is the same look that has been seen on the red carpet at movie premieres and at movie awards ceremonies, worn by some of Hollywood's best-known actors. When selecting this style, it is important to make sure that you complete the look by pairing the clothing with a shiny black pair of dress shoes and minimal accessories.

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