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Old 04-13-2017, 06:44 AM
 
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Don't go. Stay home and wear a ratty old band or comic character T-shirt, pants optional. Turn up your favourite songs, eat corn chips, scratch your nuts and burp the alphabet. I guarantee you'll have a better time than anyone at the wedding.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Bay Area California
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Wearing the suit/shoes onto the plane doesn't address the situation as I have zero desire to spend 3 weeks walking 8~10 miles a day in my dress shoes. They look nice, are comfortable enough for a mile or two, but not more. Plus, I'd destroy them by not being able to air them out between wearing (takes a day) and I have no desire to do that. All that means needing a second pair of shoes, and NO, buying a pair on the ground is not a solution ~ I've no desire to break in shoes on a vacation.

As for the couple/wedding... this is just the party, they're already legal. My wife and I will be 2 of Maybe 3 on the grooms side of the family (beyond his parents and siblings), I'm thinking the bride will have more. We're pretty good friends and see each other every month or two already, and they know we're using them as an excuse for a vacation.

If Plan A is renting, that's actually the most work/stress of all the options IMHO. If you mean buying the clothes I'd like to own anyway, well then... I'll get right on that.
Sorry, I should have been more specific IMO Plan A is the slacks and jacket you pictured, plan B is shipping to/from. I'd say that renting would be Plan F. Seriously I agree with you - it sounds like it would be tricky and far more complicated than it's worth.

The more you've said about the party, the more I think the clothes you've pictured would be great.

BTW - what's your wife wearing and what's her opinion on all this?
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:51 AM
 
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Just for the heck of it, I googled "images of semi-formal attire". The images really ran the gamut. Seems like, the basic idea is dressing up a little, and not wearing jeans.


For what it's worth, I think the look you're going for will be fine.
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Old 04-13-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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BTW - what's your wife wearing and what's her opinion on all this?
She doesn't have a plan yet for wardrobe.... Her opinion is fairly relaxed, she likes the idea of a blazer/sport coat and slacks.

We're actually Both working on this from an odd direction, the shoes. She's wearing her dedicated "walking" shoes and packing some dainty sandals... of course her feet are tiny compared to mine, just as she is tiny compared to me (I'm 6'4" and 230#'s, she's 5'4" and in the 120# range), so she has more packing room. I think she will do one of 2 things, find a dress she wants me to sew up for her or find a ready-to-wear dress that compliments/coordinates with whatever I find.

When we first got the "semi-formal" announcement, I started with google too. I was focused more on text than photos, and from places like the Knot and other wedding-centric sources. Looked like "suit" was the go-to standard for semiformal, there was a Beach Casual that was slightly less formal with linen slacks and button down shirts and then Casual which was slacks and a collared shirt (always a dress for girls). I'd normally wear a suit for semi-formal...

I was married in a bathing suit and aloha shirt, wife in a bathing suit and sarong, so our standards are a little wonky.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:07 PM
 
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My cousin had an afternoon, outdoor wedding in Naples about 6 yrs ago. What you pictured was what made it very clear whose side of the family was American and whose was European. The European men were wearing suits. American men sports coats.

If you are going to be the only other Americans you are going to stand out in a bad way.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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You may want to consider even doing laundry while you're away... then you can essentially pack for a shorter amount of time and can fit more of the essential stuff in your bag. Just wash it & you can wear it again.
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:29 AM
 
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That's a fine look OP. Have yourself well groomed, smell nice, and wear that outfit and no one will be talking about your outfit negatively that day.
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Old 05-20-2017, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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That's way too casual for a wedding. Especially, remember that "semi-formal", strictly speaking, means black tie.

Talk to the cousin and find out what they have in mind for dress, wear something great that meets the standard, and ship it home.

Three weeks may be too long to travel with a single suitcase, unless it's a big one.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:45 AM
 
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OP maybe you can rethink the idea of dress shoes for a more casual loafers since the shoes is what started the whole issue. Loafers can be worn at the wedding and do a double duty for the rest of the trip, as they can be worn virtually with anything slaks, shorts, jeans.... add no socks to it and that's very Italian lol.
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Old 05-20-2017, 09:03 AM
 
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Honestly you don't want to rely on finding a suit there it's too much stress and I'll fitting suit will not be improved by wearing your nice dress shoes which might ruin you first part of trip dealing with it.
Rethink your shoes find some that will doe double duty for the rest of your trip loafers, moccasins even sneakers which if done right will look very stylish.
Black will probably be better than white in the pictures .
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