Looking good is all about proper coordination. There was a time when people had the idea of suits as the only form of formal dresses available for men, however times have changed, and now it’s mainly the occasion itself which determines what to wear. There are many key micro attributes which play a part in how men are going to achieve a good look at any event – for example accessories, color combination and designs, which are all vital components that can have a major impact on the overall outlook.
It is generally a good idea to let the occasion itself be a guide on the type of formal dresses men should pursue wearing. It is very important that the attire goes along with the other members of the particular event or environment, the key idea being able to blend in rather than look alien. Usually formal business looks are achieved by wearing a very high quality and well-tailored suit usually in dark colors like black, navy blue or grey. The shirt itself should generally be white or azure, the main idea is to put forth a noticeable contrast. It is acceptable that cuff links are worn as an accessory, since they are normally reserved to go with formal dresses worn in business and trading environments. Cuff links can also be worn at wedding events, in which case the suit can be replaced with an open breasted tuxedo and a neck-tie.
Formal dresses are specially scrutinized upon at Black Tie events, where tuxedos and the conventional white shirts are a norm. Regular business jackets are generally not worn in a black tie event, unless if they are spectacularly tailored or made of high quality fabrics. However, the most meticulously stressed formal dresses are usually worn at white tie events, where even the smallest details are paid close attention. A cuff link is a must at these types of event, and usually the best and most polished black colored leather shoes are reserved. The pants must be extremely well ironed and the contrast with the suit must be very pleasant to the eyes. In case the event is a nighttime one, a darker colored pant would be the most optimal.
In any case, the attire should be selected according to the particular event. However, this article should not be taken as a guide, and should not drive impromptu purchases. Paying close attention to any pre-specified recommendations of the respective event and some level of customization reflecting individual personality should be preferred upon, when the formal dresses of a particular event is selected.