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    Perplexing wedding guest attire question



    So, the wedding invite reads "cocktail attire"-- for 4:30pm on a Saturday in late June, outdoors in a California vineyard.


    Does the "cocktail attire" part supersede the blazing hot afternoon outdoors part, and require a dark suit? Or can I (hopefully) get away with something more casual?


    I'd love to find a blazer that I can dress up to be more "suit-like," since I rarely have occasion to wear a suit. Any good, affordable options out there?


    (oh, and if you're gonna suggest an awesome chino/khaki suit/blazer, been there tried that. Doesn't work with my pale coloring. Oh, but how I wish it did).


    Thanks, this forum is great!


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    A cotton or linen blend suit in navy?


    Cocktail attire is specifically stated even though it's outside and hot (I'm in CA also so I understand)

    Maybe you need to clarify with the bride, she is probably making sure no one shows up in shorts or sandals.

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      #3


      I second the "Check with the powers that be" suggestion. I think the planners might not fully understand what "Cocktail attire" means.

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        #4


        Look in the latest issue of GQ magazine towards the back. They have a couple page spread about weddings and attire whether your in the wedding or a guest of it... They give a couple outfits (none of them are cheap), but you can take their ideas and work off them.

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          #5


          I was recently in Banana Republic and they had a great looking navy 2-button blazer. It was either a cotton/linen blend or 100% linen. Obviously not the cheapest of options, but it looked pretty rockin right off the rack and would likely require minimal tailoring. If I had more reasons to wear it, it would have been mine.

          "You don't need money to dress better than you do" - Salvatore Romano

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            #6


            Thanks for all the responses and suggestions. I will check those out--

            I spoke to the bride-to-be, and she said that "cocktail attire" was mostly there to prevent in-laws from showing up in shorts and sandals, haha.

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              #7


              Lol. Well, according to that description you'd be fine to with any suit you choose. You'll most likely be the best dressed one there.

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