Spanning the summer of 2017/18, we’re putting together a wedding bible, which gives you a step by step guide to prepping, dressing, and celebrating during this wedding season.
It’s almost summer and wedding season is upon us.
The engagement, the bucks, the big day, and the recovery. That’s plenty of outfit changes, remembering countless names, and clinking together more than a few glasses of champagne.
Do it the right way this wedding season and it’ll be the gateway to a long and joyous summer.
Do it wrong and you’ll find yourself hiding in the corner with the second cousins from out of town.
Whether you’re the best man or a family friend in the back pews, we’re creating a guide over the next few months to help you curate not only what you wear to the party, but the best ways to make every wedding an event to remember.
Starting, of course, with the dress code.
DRESSING FOR THE THEME
In the same way you wouldn’t wear a tux to the beach, don’t wear snakeskin boots and wrap around sunnies to a black tie wedding. Keep these subtle rules in mind to help you dress for the theme.
Pay homage to tradition, but make your suit contemporary by tailoring a slim fit and a single breasted black coat. Remember that at black tie weddings, some simple tailoring and modern materials separate you from the guys who hired their tux from the local party shop. So be creative with the details, trying a custom inner lining on your jacket, florals and pops of colour. Try initialling your inside pocket, so when you reach into grab your sunglasses, people notice that it’s a tailor made piece.
Cocktail is a less stifling theme than black tie, which means you have a chance to put your own stamp on your outfit. Pinstripes, checks, and woven fabrics come into play. Pair classic suits with more adventurous shirts and shoes.
It might be a contradiction in terms and a pretty tricky dress code, but there’s a few simple rules that will help you avoid being under dressed at a semi-formal wedding.
Don’t wear a short sleeved shirt.
The first is wearing a suit, because contrary to what some believe, semi-formal has nothing to do with short sleeved shirts. Instead, wear something simple and classic that exercises more creativity in the threads, patterns, and details. When you wear a suit, you won’t be under dressed, which means you can bring some personal flare into the rest of your outfits. Try pairing your suit with pinstripes, checks, and primary block colours.
Think of it like this: smart casual is the outfit you want people to imagine you in when you’re not trying. You want to look handsome, charming, and stylish – but you want it to look like you just woke up that way.
Modernise your suits, throw away the tie, and wear trousers and jackets that contrast in colour. Think greys, blues, pastels, and loafers without socks.
THE MISTMATCH THEME
It’s 2017 and everyone is trying to do something different, which means that there’s a whole new range of complicated and over the top themes to navigate. There’s lounge suit, morning suit, white tie, black tie cocktail (really?), and even – heaven forbid – dress up weddings.
Our advice? Always take the high road when you’re confronted with a dress code you don’t understand and stick to classic, understated looks. Black suits are popular because they make us look classic and refined. A shirt that is tailored to fit your shape, tapering in at the torso and giving you a little room in the shoulders, is always going to be better than a potato sack from Target. And remember that certain colour combinations are forever in style, like black and white, navy blue and tan, olive, white and light blue.
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