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Hello. I'm attending a wedding on Saturday in Chicago. It is a late afternoon/evening event (4pm wedding, 6pm reception). The reception will be held outdoors. The temperature has been very hot, but should cool off a bit by then. Any clothing suggestions? Outdoor and summer would suggest one could get away with more summery attire, but evening argues for more formality.
 

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Curiously, this one had no responses but hopefully will provoke some this time around. I'm resurrecting this thread as I have the same exact query.
It probably had responses, but all responses from before 2006 were deleted.

If it's hot, I'd recommend a two-piece tropical worsted wool suit in marine blue. It's a very popular colour now, but it's also a very festive colour that looks great in both daylight and at night.
 

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This Saturday, assuming that's also the day of your event, is actually supposed to be nice. Where is the reception? All of the bigger museums are along the lakefront so it should be pleasant and perhaps even cool.

If you're attending as a guest and not a member of the wedding party, I think navy or charcoal would do for both.
 

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Outdoor garden in summer, though still a Saturday night, I would reach for my tan Linen suit with white shirt and a brown bal.

Outdoor summer afternoon I'd go with spectators, and same suit, or blue and white pin cord.

Indoor Saturday evening, Navy, or charcoal solid no matter the time of year.
 

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It probably had responses, but all responses from before 2006 were deleted.

If it's hot, I'd recommend a two-piece tropical worsted wool suit in marine blue. It's a very popular colour now, but it's also a very festive colour that looks great in both daylight and at night.
What color is "marine blue"? Is it similar to navy? It sounds interesting.
 

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I'd first discern what color the groom and his mates are wearing, then move away from that shade, but not so far removed that you become the life of the party. It's his day. Well, hers in terms of planning, dreaming and so on. I went to a wedding where the groom and his complement had on beautiful grey tuxes with tails and waistcoats and black patent leather shoes, topped off with a matching ascot type of tie that exuding a very Old World feel against the blinding white shirts. The groom also wore a matching tophat. Very classy. It was summer so I went with a basic blue suit, not linen because the wrinkles drive me batty, although I love the feel. A cream shirt and a subdued tie--pale yellow with thin blue stripes. No pocket square because it was the early 80's and, at the time and place--New Jersey, long drooping pocket gear was en vogue. And being 21 I wanted to show everyone up! I cannot recollect the shoes, but I'm certain they were black. I was aiming for elegance with a touch of casualness so as not to clash with the groom--who happened to be a great friend.
 
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