Guide to Wedding Attire for Men
If you’re attending a wedding, you have to make sure that you’re dressed appropriately. Think about it. The couple has made you a part of a short list of guests, so you’re special to them. One of the best ways to return the favor is to make sure that you’ll look good.
In addition, you have to consider the fact that they’ll spend a lot of money on their wedding. They want it to be perfect, and this includes the appearance of their guests. It’s very unfortunate that a lot of wedding pictures are not as perfect as they could have been because a guest is wearing inappropriate clothes.
On that note, do you really want to be underdressed at a wedding? Do you want to stick out like a sore thumb? Do you want that moment to be immortalized in pictures? No, of course not, and this is why you have to read this guide to wedding attire for men so you can dress appropriately. Take this chance to look and feel good, and this guide can help.
What to Wear at a Black Tie Wedding
You can’t go wrong with a tuxedo when the wedding invitation says “Black Tie Only”. Here’s what you need to wear and know:
A tuxedo will always involve a black dinner jacket. The best ones are made of high quality wool that’s medium in weight. The lapel is either shawl or peak. The lapel shouldn’t have vents and should give off a subtle sheen, providing a nice contrast against the matte finish of the jacket.
You can also go for a midnight blue jacket, although more adventurous individuals can pull off a look with a bolder colored jacket.
The classic pair has a grosgrain stripe that matches the lapel. Choose a pair that has a flat front style. Wear the trousers sitting high on your waist.
A plain shirt can be nice considering the overall look, but you can always go for pleated for added sophistication. You can also choose a Marbella fabric for added texture.
Black formal shoes are the best. Keep it simple with a lace-up.
What to Wear at a Semi-formal Wedding
More and more couples are opting for a semi-formal wedding. If the invitation doesn’t include a dress code, it’s safe to assume that it’s a semi-formal wedding.
A big mistake is to look like you’re on your way to the office. For the suit, you can go either two-piece or three-piece. Black and navy are safe choices, with charcoal providing a nice alternative. You can choose a lighter suit if it’s a day wedding happening in the summer.
The shirt should have a solid and neutral color. Of course, it should be clean and crisp.
For the shoes, you can’t go wrong with Oxfords. You can wear a monk strap pair if you’re feeling a little bold. The shoes should be either black or brown.
You still have to wear a tie, of course. So as not to look like you’re on your way to the office, feel free to experiment with other accessories like pocket squares.
What to Wear at a Wedding with a Cocktail Dress Code
A slim cut suit works best. Go for a two-piece with a notch or peak lapel. Charcoal and navy are safe choices, but feel free to explore earthen colors.
For the shirt, you can go for a bolder look. You can even wear one with a modest print.
You can wear smart loafers for your feet. If you want to play it safe, dark leather shoes are a safe bet.
A tie is still a must!
What to Wear at a Summer or Island Wedding
If the weather is hot and humid, it’s not really an excuse not to wear a suit. You just have to keep it casual and light as far as the fabric is concerned. Pair it up with a more adventurous and casual shirt. Now’s also a good time to show off a shoe favorite from your collection!
As for the tie, you can go with or without.
What to Wear at a Smart Casual Wedding
Now’s your chance to showcase your louder and bolder suits. You can wear a suit with a bolder color, and even one with some prints and patterns.
You can still wear a plain shirt, but why not stand out with a bolder shirt? Just make sure that it’s still tasteful and you don’t stick out like a sore thumb. Yes, you wouldn’t want to be the center of attention at a wedding.
For the shoes, you can stay safe with a smart loafer. The important thing is you’re comfortable. You can wear a colored pair. Burgundy and navy are smart choices. As for the accessories, you may want to keep it simple if you’re going for a bolder suit and shirt ensemble.
Some Tips to Round it Up
Follow these tips to round up this guide:
- You’d want to look stylish, and at the same time cool.
- You’d want to stand out, but not to the point that you’ll take the attention away from the bride and groom. After all, it’s still their day.
- Make sure to check the invitation for the dress code. When in doubt, ask when you RSVP.
- Don’t wear white to a wedding. You’re not the bride. Unless of course the invitation states that you should wear white.
- Consider the religious affiliation of the couple and dress accordingly.
- It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
- Consider your comfort! You wouldn’t want to be caught wincing in pictures!
There you go! Hopefully, this guide has provided you with the information that you need for the wedding that you’ll be attending. Relax. It’s a party. As long as you follow these rules and you add a bit of common sense, you should be okay!