Many men will know this feeling, its been a while since you attended a wedding and suddenly its wedding season. You pull out your suit and realise it is worn/out of fashion/you just don’t like it anymore. So its time to get down to the shops and spend some cash. This is a short guide to what to wear to a wedding in the summer. Of course your first stop should be to ask the groom what the dress code is.
Black tie – Black tie is probably the simplest dress code to shop for, it consists of:
- Black tuxedo – Your tuxedo should have silk or satin at the lapels. Mix in a pocket square but only white.
- Black bow tie – Material wise your tie should match your lapels.
- White tuxedo shirt – For a wedding I would go for a simple white shirt with wing collar and no pleating at the front, black studs optional.
- Black leather shoes – Simple again, no pattern on the shoes. Definitely not brogues.
Black tie optional – Dress as above or as below:
- Dark suit – Black, navy or dark grey. Pocket squares can be coloured.
- Black bow tie or a necktie – You have greater freedom with the material here, as long as it is black.
- White dress shirt – Same as above, collar depends on your tie.
- Leather shoes – As long as these are dark you have options, I love the look of dark brown shoes with a suit.
Cocktail – Now you have a bit of freedom to get creative:
- Dark suit – Any dark suit will do here, I have a dark red suit for these occasions
- Necktie – For cocktail attire I would always go with a patterned necktie
- Dress Shirt – Any colour, but it must be all one colour.
- Leather shoes – I would never go with patterned shoes, but I have seen people pull this off before.
Casual – This does not mean turn up in your sneakers, I repeat, no sneakers:
- Any suit – A long a it isn’t black, you can wear any casual suit
- Necktie(optional) – Any necktie, or no necktie at all. I like to go with none and let my neck breath.
- Dress shirt – Any colour, patterned or solid.
- Leather shoes – As with cocktail attire
So that’s a short guide to dress codes. If there is no dress code then it will depend on the time of day. Remember to ask the bride and groom if you want to pull of something wacky, as it is their day after all.