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Dressing for Weddings: A Guide to What Men Should Wear

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When it comes to being a guest at a wedding, you have plenty of flexibility in terms of the look you create. No matter the season or the time of day, there are lots of ways for men to look great at wedding ceremonies and receptions. Here are some of the key tips that will help you to put together a great outfit.

Find a suit that never goes out of style

A slim fit, single-breasted suit is a fashionable choice no matter what time of year a wedding is being held. Grey is always in fashion, so if you choose a grey suit then it will be a staple part of your menswear collection for years to come. You’ll look sharp and stylish, and if you’re single then you’re sure to catch someone’s eye.

Experiment with different ties

Choose a tie that looks classy but reflects your personality, and let the time of year dictate the colour you choose. For example, paler pastel shades are perfect for a spring wedding, while cooler colours suit the winter months. It’s also worth considering a silk scarf inside of a tie, as it’ll make your outfit a bit more interesting and will look great under your suit.

Always wear a high quality shirt

While you can be creative when it comes to shirt materials, it is vital that you get a well-fitting shirt that doesn’t cut off your circulation or hang like a shapeless sack. Once again, you can let the season dictate the material. Don’t make the mistake of wearing a thick shirt in the middle of summer, unless you want to be drenched in sweat by the time you hit the dance floor in the evening.

Add a pocket square

Silk pocket squares are intrinsically classy, so feel free to select one in any colour or pattern that takes your fancy. The less traditional the wedding, the more appropriate it will be to choose something a bit eccentric and fun.

Wear shoes that blend comfort with style

While a good looking, shiny pair of shoes can really complete an outfit, you need to remember that you’ll be moving around and dancing a lot at a wedding. As a result, brogues are an excellent choice. In particular, an earthy shade will stop your shoes from looking like work wear, but they will still be appropriately smart for a wedding. They will ensure you look sharp, but they won’t leave you with blisters by the end of the night.


Make sure you get hold of some good looking cufflinks, but remember that a fun pair can be a good talking point (especially if you’re at the wedding of two close friends or family members). Finally, you can also use weddings as an excuse to wear your most impressive watch. Remember, simple, classic watches with leather straps are in style, so these will look better than shiny, showy pieces.


Guest Blogger: Alex Outlaw is the marketing director and editorial contributor to the The Idle Man. He enjoys keeping up with the latest developments in men’s fashion, music and contemporary culture. He also enjoys sharing his fashion industry insights through blogging and social media. Keep up to speed on Twitter here.



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