Guys, here’s what to wear to a wedding
It’s officially wedding season. The sun’s out and there’s going to be a lot of photos so as a guest, you really have to look your sharpest. Obviously every wedding will have a different dress code and different vibes, so we’re here to help you out with some tips and tricks to ensure that you’ll nail it every time.
We thought it’d be easiest to separate it into some ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ to make it clear about what is and isn’t appropriate for a wedding.
DO - Follow the dress code
Look, people don’t put dress codes on invitation for them to be broken. If you’ve been invited to a wedding, it probably means you’re pretty special to them and they want you to be a part of one of the biggest days of their lives so you can stick to a dress code.
If it’s black tie then you should definitely respect that by wearing a suit that features a satin lapel. A traditional look would be the classic black tuxedo jacket, but in 2018, you can throw a modern twist on it by opting for a Navy Satin Suit Jacket as well.
If it’s formal or black tie optional, you can’t go wrong with the timeless navy suit. On the other hand, if it’s semi-formal or dressy casual, try a nice blue blazer with some lighter chino pants, followed by a smart chocolate brown dress shoe.
DON’T - wear jeans or a t-shirt
No matter how casual the wedding is - apart from it actually taking place in someone’s backyard or you’re somehow at a surprise wedding - absolutely do not wear jeans and or a t-shirt. Even if it’s under a blazer. We usually love dressing a sports coat down with a t-shirt and smart jeans for a nice night out with the boys or dinner with the missus, but not for someone’s special day. Sorry.
Opt instead for a crisp shirt and chino combo. You can go open collar if you’re a bit unsure about adding a tie into the mix, and especially during the warmer seasons. If the dress code is semi-casual or casual, you can even go for a fun short sleeve shirt with dressy pants for the warmer weather.
DO - Try to wear a suit or a blazer
Call us traditionalists but we think that every wedding deserves at least a nice sport coat. While things like seasons and dress codes, and even the dress choices of the bride & groom themselves might dictate what you finally wear, you want to make sure you’re looking smart. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
DON’T - Outshine the wedding party
This is probably not the time to be contemplating that white suit jacket - that’s traditionally the groom’s look!
DO - Wear lighter colours in the summer and darker colours in winter
This isn’t a strict rule but dressing for the seasons can be a nice touch. With the warmer weather coming up, try a camel chino or stone chino paired with a brighter blue blazer. Then when it’s colder, opt for a grey check blazer paired with a black chino or pant. Throw in a fun shirt to jazz it up.
DON’T - dress like you’re going to work or a funeral
Weddings are a celebration and you shouldn’t be afraid of having fun with your outfits. Yes, wear the black suit but pair it with a bow tie instead of a normal black tie. Put a paisley shirt underneath your navy suit or maybe you want to add a paisley tie into the mix? Add some personality to your outfit!
At the end of the day, read the situation - and dress code! - and figure out what’s suitable for that upcoming wedding you’ve got. Shop our great range of formalwear at Ed Harry today or come in-store and let us help dress you. We’ve got you sorted.