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A Gentleman's Guide: What To Wear To A Wedding

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Attending a wedding soon fellas? Here’s your complete seasonal guide on what to wear on the big day.

Choosing an outfit for a wedding day can often be quite tricky unless you’re the best man, usher or groom. Get it wrong and everyone will have photographic evidence of your wardrobe malfunction for life.

However, if you get it right, you’ll not only turn a few heads, but you’ll also feel more comfortable letting loose.

The key to hitting the mark with your outfit choice is the season. Opt for a dark black suit in the summer and you could be peeling yourself off the back of your chair before you’ve even finished your starter. While choosing warm pastel colours in the winter could raise a few eyebrows.

To help inspire you, we’ve assembled a few of our favourite men’s wedding outfit combinations.

Men’s spring wedding guest outfit ideas

Spring is arguably the easiest time to attend a wedding. The weather is mild, so you can choose to go for darker shades or something a little closer to summer. Our top tip is a navy suit with a pair of our classic Chestnut Brown Oxfords.

The colour of the shirt depends on your mood and the nature of the wedding. If the bride and groom are quite wild and you’re looking to attract some attention, a pink shirt screams out ‘single’. Alternatively, for a safer option, a white shirt would easily suffice.

You can always opt for a plain shirt, with a flash of spring florals with Simon Carter Twill double cuff White shirt for £85

Men’s summer wedding guest outfit ideas

Cool and smart is the way to go with a summer wedding. For extremely warm climates, choose a lightweight beige blazer and cotton white shirt. Although baby blue looks fantastic, there’s a high probability it will turn a deeper shade of blue by the end of the day. Stay safe with white.

You can then match the top half with a pair of dark blue chinos and some brown loafers. Classic, casual and oozing summer all in one. To smarten the lookup a little bit more, try a blue tie to match with the chinos.

Try a pair of handmade "Percy" loafers from NPS Shoes - Northampton £150

Men’s autumn wedding guest outfit ideas

Wondering what to wear to an autumn wedding? Think Peaky Blinders.

(TIP: For more try our blog "How to dress like a Peaky Blinder")

A tweed brown blazer with matching trousers and waistcoat will hit the mark. Simply combine this with a white shirt and light brown tweed tie and pocket square. In terms of shoes, a pair of our Chestnut Oxfords would complement the different textures of brown perfectly.

Men’s winter wedding guest outfit ideas

In the colder months, a dark grey tailored suit is ideal. Not only can you pair this up with a lighter grey tie and classic white shirt, but you can even wear a black or grey overcoat to add an extra layer to your look. Finish the winter wedding outfit with a pair of our Percy Stride Dorian Oxfords and a smart silver watch.

Men’s beach wedding guest outfit ideas

While this might not be a season, this is a common question from guests attending exotic beach weddings. Combining smart with practical and casual is a fine art.

Our favourite choice is a pair of white jeans (yes you read that right), a light blue shirt and a navy blazer. Ditch the tie and choose a light blue pocket square, tan belt and matching loafers.

Just be very aware of sweat marks! Alternatively, if you fancy hedging your bets, go for a beige suit and white shirt combo.

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