My readers know that I am not a fan of the traditional wedding look. Many men often wear badly-fitting morning dress or rely on the same old boring office suits. Many people leave it to the last minute, and panic buy. Here are some tips to help you be the best dressed guest this summer, without, of course, upstaging the groom.
I’m sure you don’t want to show up to a friend’s big day looking like you’re going to the office. He won’t appreciate it, and you won’t feel up to scratch. Dressing for a formal wedding is fairly straightforward. There are a number of places on the high street to hire or buy morning suits and formal highland dress. But do plan in advance to ensure your size is available and alterations can be made.
For black tie weddings choose a wool dinner suit in black or midnight blue (the Duke of Windsor’s favourite). Single breasted is the most popular option, although double-breasted is making a comeback. For a modern look, go for a slim leg trouser, and don’t worry about a cummerbund.
For weddings that call for lounge suits or more informal dress, there are a variety of ways to look stylish and up to date:
- Think three: the three piece suit is back and is a clean and sharp take on the lounge suit
- Add some colour: suits in bright blue, pale grey, stone or pale grey check are great alternatives to dark grey and navy
- Beat the heat: keep things cool with lightweight wool, wool-mohair blends or cotton. Or choose linen, but beware the crumpled effect
- Show some ankle: slim cropped trousers worn with loafers and no socks is a contemporary informal look
- Lose the tie: a beige or soft grey suit worn with a white shirt, pocket square and no tie looks fantastic while keeping you cool
- Add pattern and texture: injected into ties, pocket squares and socks – a way to breathe life into an office suit if you can’t stretch to a whole new outfit