INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
WHAT TO WEAR TO DIFFERENT WEDDINGS
By Steven Potter, 7 June 2019
Outfit ideas for a church wedding
1. Find out if there’s a dress code or colour scheme.
2. Stick to it if there is, but grey, navy and charcoal are the most popular suit colours to choose from to keep things trad.
3. If it’s a really fancy affair, a three-piece suit complete with a waistcoat will ensure you've nailed the dress code.
4. Footwear is key: Derby, brogue or Oxford styles are great.
5. Make sure your tie works with your suit – a simple block-colour tie is easiest, but a printed/embroidered style with matching or tonal colours can elevate the look.
Outfit ideas for best men or groomsmen
2. If not, and you can choose your own suit, there are two ways of playing this – traditional and statement.
3. For the traditional look, apply the same rules as the church wedding. A suit in a navy, grey or charcoal is ideal.
4. For making a statement, opt for a more impactful colour, one that will get you noticed when you’re front and centre – not to mention impressing during all those speeches.
5. For extra bonus points, find a tie or pocket square that matches any flowers or decorations at the wedding. It’s the little things that count after all.
Outfit ideas for a wedding abroad
2. Lighter colours or pastels not only look great but also reflect heat, keeping you cool.
3. For a more low-key affair, some chinos and a shirt work just as well.
4. In terms of footwear, loafers are the perfect option for warmer weather.
5. A pair of cropped trousers can also give your look a fresh edge.
6. Remember to go sockless, or wear invisible liners if you cop some loafers.
Outfit ideas for a winter wedding
1. Opt for a more heavyweight fabric, such as twill, wool or a wool-blend.
2. Herringbone, tweed and checks are the most popular suit designs.
3. For a little extra warmth, include a waistcoat and make it a three-piece suit.
4. For footwear, go for a pair of brogues, Oxford or Derby shoes with a weather-ready cleated tread.
5. For a more contrasting look, go for a houndstooth blazer and black trousers.
Outfit ideas for a registry office wedding
2. With a more of a relaxed dress code, you're free to play with different colours up top and below.
3. Pair your stripped-back look with a necklace to accessorise your outfit.
4. For the summer months, try a printed shirt with a revere collar and some cuffed chinos.
5. With a more low-key dress code comes the opportunity to wear trainers. Go for a block colour if you want to keep the look on the more formal side of things.
Outfit ideas for a family wedding
2. A suit in the season's most popular colours will always score more points.
3. It's all about the little extras, so a tie or pocket square that match the colours in your suit is a surefire winner.
4. If you go for a bolder suit choice and don't want to overdo it, go for a pocket square instead of a tie.
5. Shoes with statement details, like a chunky sole or buckles, give the look that little bit extra.
Outfit ideas for a wedding reception
1. Just going for the party? A simple shirt and trouser combo is all you need.
2. If you don’t want to wear a tie, pick up a collarless shirt instead.
3. Just like a low-key wedding, a pair of chinos can look just as smart as suit trousers.
4. If your shirt is printed, team with plain trousers to make the most out of that design, or you can make more of a plain shirt with some pinstripe or check trousers.
5. The best bit? You can definitely get away with some smart one-colour trainers over more formal shoe styles if you're just turning up for the dancing.