The Modern Man’s Guide To Dressing For A Wedding

Dressing for a wedding is not always as entirely simple as it may seem as some weddings encourage a far stricter dress code than others. While overdressing for a somewhat casual wedding is a mistake, you would rather want to avoid the same can be said about underdressing. Selecting the right suit and tie may not be as straight forward as choosing essential items for a vacation, although with a few tips, the task will prove a far more simple.

Even though there is hardly only one right answer for what you should wear, there are a few things that you should take into consideration that would essentially help you establish the most suitable outfit. Even if the invitation is not entirely specific, the other details provided will help steer you in the right direction to navigate your attire better appropriately. Here is what you should consider.

Investigating The Invitation

Wedding invitations are actually so much more than merely a pretty piece of paper. You should view your invitation as the very first clue as to how you should dress. It would be a great idea to carefully investigate the invitation as there may be a dress code included in the details. However, if the details do not specify what to wear, you can carefully consider the other information included.

Reviewing The Venue

The venue of the wedding will likely help give you the best idea of how you should be dressed for the occasion. In the event that the wedding is going to take place at a beach venue then a light-colored short-sleeved shirt along with a pair of loafers may be an appropriate choice. While a beach venue would likely encourage a smart-casual dress code, a wedding venue in a more glamorous location would encourage a smart dress code. This means that you should opt for darker colors. 

Ties for weddings are available in such a wide variety that selecting the perfect one may seem daunting however a great way to narrow down your selection would be to view your tie should be well-coordinated with your suit. Because ties are often considered something of a fashionable menswear accessory you could opt for a bold pattern considering your suit and shirt are elegant and plain.

Avoid Upstaging The Groom

As female guests should avoid upstaging the bride at all costs the same applies to men upstaging the groom. This basically means that you should ensure your outfit choice is not too bold or too bright. You want to look charming without stealing the grooms’ deserving attention.

Choosing Fabrics

Beyond selecting a tie, the suit fabric, you settle on is one of the most important aspects of your outfit. If you are attending a summer wedding, the fabric of your suit should be appropriate to ensure you are comfortable. This means breathable fabrics such as linen and cotton would be a great choice. For winter weddings a woold-blend would be more suitable.