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INSPIRATION AND ADVICE

WHAT TO WEAR TO DIFFERENT WEDDINGS

By Steven Potter, 7 June 2019

Wedding season has officially started, the invites are piling in and you might be thinking 'What am I going to wear?' To help, we’ve broken down six wedding-guest scenarios with example looks and advice, whether you’re attending a church wedding, a wedding abroad or just hitting up the reception.
A picture of a model wearing a grey three-piece suit. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of black brogues. Available at ASOS.

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.

A picture of a model wearing a bright blue textured suit. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of brown brogue shoes. Available at ASOS.

Outfit ideas for best men or groomsmen

1. The same rule applies, chaps – check if there’s a dress code first.
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.
A picture of a model wearing a beige linen-mix suit. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of tan-weave loafers with tassel details. Available at ASOS.

Outfit ideas for a wedding abroad

1. For warmer climates, particularly beach weddings, opt for a lighter fabric, such as linen or a linen mix, when choosing your suit.
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.
A picture of a model wearing a tweed blazer and trousers. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a black smart shoe with a chunky sole. Available at ASOS.

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.

A picture of a model wearing a navy blazer with a blue T-shirt. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of chunky navy suede trainers by ASOS WHITE, available at ASOS.

Outfit ideas for a registry office wedding

1. Try a blazer or suit jacket with a plain T-shirt underneath for a more casual look and make the most of the freedom to experiment.
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.
A picture of a model wearing a striped blazer, white shirt and black trousers. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of DR Martens, creeper-style shoes. Available at ASOS.

Outfit ideas for a family wedding

1. If you haven't seen the family in a while and want to impress and also experiment because, well, you can, go for a printed or jacquard-style suit for making a bit of a statement.

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.

A picture of a model wearing printed revere-collar shirt. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of grey suede trainers. Available at ASOS.

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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.

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