(Closed) What goes with Army Dress Blues?

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

How about navy suits since you’re going with a rustic feel (and everyone else is in navy)? I’m from a military town and its not unusual to see a mix of dress blues and regular tuxes. I do feel that tuxes would be more appropriate with dress blues – suits are the equivalent of alphas – so I’d personally go with tuxes even if they are black.

Not sure if MW rents suits, sorry.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Navy tuxes was my first thought too

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

Some tux rental places rent suits, but I think Men’s Wearhouse is strictly sales. Navy suits would be ideal if you can get pretty close to the same navy. Otherwise, black would look fine too. Military uniforms always look great, regardless of whether the rest of the party “matches”.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

@somethingaquamarine:  

That is actually not quite true. The military equivalent to black tie (army, air force) is mess dress, and in the navy it is evening dress. The blue uniform with a long tie is the equivalent of coat and tie or a suit. Junior officers are grudgingly allowed to wear the blue uniform with a bow tie in the US Army (not true for British, Canadian, Australian or other Commonwealth officers), but it is not really proper. It is not really a formal or even semi-formal uniform, and yes, these words have specific definitions in the military. http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/Uploads/600/Guide%20to%20Proper%20Dress.htm

OP: Dinner jackets should not be worn before six o’clock in the evening, thus, I would recommend navy blue suits. A solid wool fabric would be best, but a subtle pin stripe would be perfectly acceptable. For more information on men’s attire, please take a look at http://www.blacktieguide.com

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

@Persephone:  I stand corrected! Thanks for the clarification.

@FutureMrsWeston:  As for suits, it looks like Men’s Wearhouse does rent suits: 

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101128154432AAEDFer

The question is from a few years ago, so it could be outdated. If that’s the case, could your groomsmen go to a place like JoS. A. Bank that has deals for suits (sometimes they have buy 1 get two free)? They could split the cost.

Post # 7
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Newbee

Does anyone have pictures of what it looks like to have navy suits for groomsmen with groom in ASU? We are having a destination wedding and trying to find something to go with the ASU, but not a tux. We are also nervous about if navy will match. Bridesmaids are wearing blush and gold. Thanks!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

FutureMrsWeston:  Navy suits.  They either already have one, or need one.  Don’t do black.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

msimonso:  Dress blues are equivalent to a suit, in civilian formality.  Mess Uniform would be equivalent to a Tuxedo, or above.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

somethingaquamarine:  If you go to Jos. A Bank, you can usually get the “deal” price any time by haggling a little bit, and on just one suit.  The sale price is the real regular price – their suits are worth around $150-$200.  Never pay full price for one- there are many better quality options at what Jos A Bank calls its “regular price,” which only exists to make the sale price look more attractive.  FYI Calvin Klein is pretty much the same way; they go on 40% and 50% off frequently, and that’s the real price they’re worth, which is aroun $350-$400.

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