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  • #16
    Cocktail attire dictates a suit for men, but after that I tend to range up or down based on what else I know about the event. If it's an after-work event held in NYC with business professionals, I'll likely be in a worsted wool, traditional colored navy/grey/charcoal suit, with appropriate silk tie. If it's a wedding that's outdoors in the summer, I'll likely be in a less formal suit--likely linen or a blend, maybe in a lighter grey or similar less "formal" color, and a woven tie or something less business-y.

    There's a time and place for sticking to the code, but that also should factor in what other people are likely to be wearing (but not always taking that as the end-all---for example, just because you know people will come in jeans and a cowboy hat to a BTO wedding, doesn't mean you're free to wear whatever).

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    • #17
      Reviving this. So for a formal business event, is the following with a tie formal enough, or should I go with the flap pocket version? The patch pocket version may give a little more versatility, but I want to be able to hit the main goal of hitting the “formal” standard.

      https://ca.suitsupply.com/en_CA/suit...=Grey&pdp=true

      Thanks in advance

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      • #18
        Yep, sorry, meant the jacket and matching pants. Available in patch or flap pockets. I have a large drop (44” to 34”) and SS sells the patch version as separates, making it easier to match.

        So the question - will Anyone else notice the diff of patch pockets VS flap if I wear this charcoal suit at a formal business dinner?

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        • #19
          I like flannel suits, but I'm not sure those are consistent with 'formal' business attire any more than patch pocket hopsack is; and they're probably less seasonally versatile.

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          • #20
            From my experience in the professional world, if even one person noticed and mentioned to you the fact that you had patch pockets on your suit, I would immediately ask them what their handle is on this site. Of the 20-30 people that I interact with on a daily basis, there is one guy I know who would give me the knowing nod. Everyone else is absolutely oblivious.

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            • #21
              The patch pockets are less weird than the fact it's flannel.

              Why are you so averse to just wearing a plain ol' worsted wool business suit for a business event that pretty clearly calls for it?
              Ben

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              • #22
                Good question! Every time I see a plain dark grey suit, I have flashbacks to the boring suit I owned as a teenager. Alas, I will purchase said plain model and look for other places to stand out. Of course, I usually regret purchasing closing that stands out too much at given events, so thank you all for helping to steer back in line. ��

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                • #23
                  How about these - which do you think would be the most versitile....business formal and other business events?

                  https://ca.suitsupply.com/en_CA/clas...v1=44&pdp=true

                  https://ca.suitsupply.com/en_CA/suit....html?pdp=true

                  Thanks

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Ruggedcasual View Post
                    How about these - which do you think would be the most versitile....business formal and other business events?

                    https://ca.suitsupply.com/en_CA/clas...v1=44&pdp=true

                    https://ca.suitsupply.com/en_CA/suit....html?pdp=true

                    Thanks
                    Other than the fact that they use cloth from different mills (and one being more expensive than the other), those seem to be exactly the same suit in all respects. Either would be perfectly fine for your intended purpose.

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                    • #25
                      Thanks - my thoughts as well, but wasn’t sure if I was missing something. Cheers

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