Suit from Politix, image by Figtree Pictures via Vanessa & Rodney’s Intimate and Rustic Newrybar Wedding
For a woman, wedding attire is more or less foolproof. She can wear almost any dress paired with a matching cardigan and accessories and have a perfect, wedding-appropriate outfit. When it comes to men choosing an outfit to attend a wedding, however, things can get a bit trickier.
Today’s post will cover all of the basics that you will need to know when choosing an outfit to attend a wedding.
Check Your Invitation
The first thing you want to do when choosing what to wear to a wedding is grab that invitation and really read it closely. The wedding invitation can actually be utilised as a bit of a cheat sheet if you know what to look for.
Typically, a wedding invitation will give you clues about how formally you should dress and what styles will be most appropriate. If the wedding is formal, there will be something along the lines of “black tie optional” included in the invitation. In addition, knowing whether the wedding is indoor or outdoor and whether it’s happening at day or night will provide you with a bit of extra context.
Choose Your Basics
The number one rule of wedding attire for men is that it’s always better to come overdressed than underdressed. Since men are able to make their outfits a bit more casual if necessary, you should err on the side of caution here.
Unless the invitation specified black tie, you are free to have some fun with your outfit. For daytime, spring or summer weddings, you should opt for a light-coloured suit in a thinner cotton or linen blend. You can pair this with an Oxford or poplin shirt in any light color you wish. Evening, autumn and winter weddings all call for a darker color palette and heavier, more formal fabrics like wools. Here you should wear a dark grey, navy or black suit paired with an Oxford or poplin in a neutral or jewel-toned color.
Women aren’t the only ones that can dress up an outfit with some sharp accessories. Depending on which basics you choose, you have the option of adding a tie, cufflinks, suspenders and stylish shoes to complete your look.
Unless you’re attending a beach wedding or a very casual ceremony, you should definitely include a tie. Less formal weddings give you the option of a fun, patterned bow tie or an interesting, splashy, traditional tie with a simple tie bar.
Cufflinks are another option if you want to add a touch of sophistication to your outfit. They’re best for formal weddings, but remember to keep them simple.
For daytime and warm weather weddings, adding a matching set of suspenders to your ensemble is not out of the question. If you opt to go this route, keep the rest of your attire understated.
Finally, you can never go wrong with a classic, lace-up dress shoe in black or brown. Most men will already have at least one suitable pair of dress shoes, so this is usually the easiest part of your outfit. A quick word of advice: Make sure that your socks either cannot be seen or match the color of your pants as closely as possible.
Remember, when you’re choosing an outfit to attend a wedding, be sure to study that invitation for clues and don’t be afraid to get creative with your choices.
About Politix: Hi, I’m Ivette and work in marketing at Politix, an Australian-based menswear store that specialises in providing accessible luxury men’s clothing. We believe in focusing on quality and allow men in Australia to be well dressed for any occasion or dress code.