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Formal Suits

Formal wear is elegant, and the best designs are timeless. Formal suits for men and women actually vary in the level of formality. Carefully read invitations before choosing an outfit to be sure the selection is right for the occasion. The time of day and venue are other important clues on how formally to dress. Later events usually require more formal wardrobe choices.

Night events are usually considered the most formal. If the invitation states that the event is “black tie,” formal or evening dress code, men should plan to wear a tuxedo and women are generally expected to don an evening gown. Modern dress codes are relaxing somewhat and many women prefer to wear a formal suit rather than an evening gown, which is perfectly acceptable.

One step down from the black tie affair is semi formal dress. These parties, dinners and other events usually occur at night, beginning after 6 p.m. Semi formal affairs generally call for men to wear a nice dress suit and women to wear an evening gown or cocktail dress. Usually, men appear at these events in dark suits with white dress shirts. However, white and off-white suits also make grand statements at semi-formal events. Men can opt for slim fit formal suits in either a dark color or a snazzy white ensemble. Men can choose from selections by Hart Shaffner & Marx, among others.

A dress occasion is one step further from the fully formal affair. At these events, men can wear most any color dress suit, such as one he would wear to an office. Women can wear anything from an evening gown to suit separates in most any color she chooses. Cocktail dresses and party dresses are also acceptable for women at dress occasions. Women can select from pants suits and dresses by Alex Evenings and more.

Taking every-increasing steps toward casual attire, the next level is smart casual, followed by business casual. Smart casual still requires men to wear a tie or bow tie, and women can enjoy suit separates or a nice dress. Business casual does not require men to wear a tie, and women can don slacks and a blouse without a blazer or jacket. Men can go with a blazer or a more casual sweater vest.

Shop for a great selection of formal suits for both men and women to enjoy any occasion, all at Macy's.

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