With weddings being such momentous occasions, there’s always going to be pressure to look your best. Because of this, deciding what to wear to a wedding can be a real pain; although in reality, it really isn’t that difficult. Follow these handy tips (alongside a selection of outfit ideas) and you’ll wonder why you ever worried at all.
Read the Invitation
Not all invitations will include a dress code, however those that do should be taken seriously. Pore over the details and find out exactly what the bride and groom expect the attendees to be wearing. For those that do not specify, speaking to others who are going can help get an idea of what sort of outfit you should be putting together.
Don’t Upstage the Groom
You may fancy yourself as stylishly superior to the groom, however stealing the spotlight from the main man is a definite no go. By all means accessorise and visit your barbers a day before, but stay away from black tie and certainly leave the top and tails at home.
Check the Weather
Whilst predicting British weather is nigh on impossible, you will (we hope) at least know what season the big day is during. By using this information strategically, you can choose the most suitable outfit to ensure you’re as comfortable a possible throughout the day. To help, we’ve listed the four seasons and what you should wear.
What to Wear to a Spring Wedding
Possibly the easiest season to dress for, spring weddings usually enjoy pretty mild weather. To maximise compliments, we suggest going for a classic single-breasted jacket and contrast trousers. Go tieless and complete the look by adding a silk pocket square — either folded carefully or stuffed as the Italians do.
What to Wear to a Summer Wedding
Black, grey and navy suits are all classic wedding choices, but summer allows you to opt for something a little different. Having said that, whilst there’s more room for experiment once the temperature rises, it’s important to hit the right balance between stylish and smart. To achieve such stability, we suggest a linen blazer, button-down shirt, chinos and loafers. Not only does this combination adhere to the smart-casual dress code most summer weddings require, but the light materials will ensure you don’t overheat when it's hot.
What to Wear to an Autumn Wedding
As pretty as autumn is, choosing an outfit can be a little tricky; you can never really tell what the weather will be like. To make sure you’re prepared for all outcomes, we suggest choosing a classic navy suit. Timeless and effortlessly stylish, it’s a fail-safe option that can be worn time and time again. To finish things off, simply add a silk tie and pocket square.
What to Wear to a Winter Wedding
For winter, it’s all about the three-piece suit. An extra layer in form of a waistcoat not only gives you added insulation, but it looks great too. A little dressier than some of the other options, this men's suit is guaranteed to receive some compliments during dinner. Team with a silk tie, pocket square and classic brogues to complete the look.
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