Getting a wedding invitation comes with excitement and sometimes a bit of anxiety about what to wear for the occasion. In this article, we are going to provide some important tips for the perfect wedding attire for men. Get in, dude, we’re going shopping – sort of.

What to Wear to a Wedding

What to Wear to a Wedding

When someone invites you to a wedding, the least you can do is try to look good or make an effort. You don’t need to be the center of attention. You just need to look the part.

Black-Tie Wedding Attire

If the wedding invitation calls for a black-tie dress code, there’s not much you can do to spice up the outfit – you need to go with a tuxedo. While there is some room to showcase your personal style, it is most suitable to stick with tradition. The combo consists of tuxedo pants, a tuxedo jacket, and a bow tie. If you want to stand out a bit, consider getting a nice dress shirt, bow tie, and some sweet shoes.

DO

  • Go for a black or deep blue tuxedo. For a black-tie wedding, black and deep blue tuxes are most fitting. If you must wear another color, try to keep it as dark as you can.
  • Shoes: Leather, black patent leather, or velvet oxford or loafers. Unless stated in the invitation, sneakers are inappropriate for the occasion. 

DON’T

  • Wear a white jacket or suit. Dinner jackets, particularly white/ivory jackets, are strictly reserved for the groom and his men.
  • Wear a collared dress shirt. T-shirts and polo shirts are not acceptable for a black-tie wedding. If the wedding venue and theme calls for something different, consider a different color tuxedo shirt (ex. denim, pastel, pinstripe)
  • Wear a boutonnière. Those little flora accessories are for the groom. Instead, consider ornamenting your outfit with a chic lapel pin.
  • Overdo it. Keep your look neat, classic, and free from too many accessories – this is not about you.

Formal Wedding Attire 

Many of the black-tie attire rules apply to formal wedding dress codes as well. The most significant difference is that a tuxedo is not required but is often a safe bet. Instead of wearing a black tuxedo, consider wearing a dark-colored suit.

DO

DON’T

  • Wear casual shoes. Even though black leather shoes may not be required, dress shoes are still a must for formal attire. No sneakers!
  • Mix and match suiting. Don’t mix suiting in different colors for formal wedding attire. A well-fitting suit with a matching jacket and trousers is a must. 
  • Wear a collared dress shirt. T-shirts and polo shirts are inappropriate for a formal wedding. 
  • Wear a boutonnière. None of that! They are reserved for the groom and his men. A stylish lapel pin is still your best bet.

Semi-Formal Wedding Attire

An invitation calling for cocktail attire provides more freedom in styling than the previous dress codes. With a cocktail dress code, you can relax into chic and modern styles for the night. Don’t go overboard now. You want to keep it classy; it’s still a wedding!

DO

  • Wear a suit. For a cocktail attire wedding, suits are most acceptable for men. Navy blazers are often recommended for cocktail events because as the night rolls on and the dancing and chanting begins, you can lose the jacket and get your groove on.
  • Wear a necktie. If you’re going with a suit, consider wearing a necktie initially. If you see other guests not wearing neckties, you can slip it off.
  • Accessorize your look. Feel free to decorate your look with stylish jewelry – bracelets, tie bar, or pocket square to really show your style.

DON’T

  • Wear jeans. Jeans are not acceptable for a cocktail wedding even if you plan to match it with a blazer.
  • Wear a tuxedo. Cocktail events call for a certain level of formality but not necessarily a tuxedo. You can put the tux down. A suit and trousers will do just fine.
  • Wear clothes with tears and holes. Cocktail weddings are considered dress-to-impress events, so clothing with rips and holes is not the move. Keep your look cultured and classy.

Casual Wedding Attire

If the invitation calls for casual attire, fear not. Although it might be the broadest and most confusing dress code, you can still nail it. It’s the type of event you never really know what to wear because everyone’s perception of casual is different. First, when determining what to wear to a casual attire wedding, try to gather some clues from the invitation. What’s the venue? What time of the day will the wedding take place?

DO

  • Wear dress pants (or chinos). Khakis and chinos are excellent choices for casual weddings that take place in the summertime. If it is a particularly hot time of year, you may wear khaki or chino shorts or linen. In colder environments, consider a fine pair of wool trousers.
  • Wear a printed shirt. A printed shirt in stripes, plaid, or all-over pattern works great for a casual wedding.  
  • Add some color to the look. Unlike black-tie and formal weddings where bright colors are discouraged, a casual attire wedding is a perfect time to add some zest to your look.

DON’T

  • Wear a t-shirt. Unless indicated by the invitation, a t-shirt is inappropriate for a wedding. Consider a polo or nice short sleeve shirt.
  • Wear a necktie. For casual attire, you can skip the tie. If you are not the open and unbuttoned shirt kind of guy, try wearing a banded collar shirt with all buttons fixed.
  • Wear flip flops. Unless you’re looking at a beach wedding, you should still wear a closed dress shoe (oxford or loafer).
Takeaway

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