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What to Wear to a Wedding as a Guest

November 9, 2017 | by Scott

Dressing for a special event like a wedding can be stressful, but the first thing you should check is the invite. This will let you know what type of event you’re attending, for example, a casual wedding, formal fete or a beach ceremony.

The other thing to look for is the time of the day to get clues on what to wear. Once that’s out of the way, use the occasion to showcase your individual style and to look your very best. Here are three style ideas you can replicate for the next wedding you have to attend.

Casual Outfit

You read the invitation, and it says, “casual attire,” so you might be thinking about jeans and tees, but nope. Even though the invite says casual, you might want to dress in business casual instead to be on the safe side. A dark color sweater with a dress shirt and a tie (or bow tie) pair with tailored trousers is a good look for this type of wedding. Another option is to pair a sports coat with a button-down shirt, slacks, and brogues.

Formal Attire

For a formal wedding start by selecting a dark colored suit in a mid-weight material, and team the suit with a conservative shirt, bow tie, and black oxfords. Wearing a dashing color suit or a patterned one is totally fine for a formal wedding as long as you don’t overshadow the groom.

Referring back to the invitation the above advice is good for an average formal wedding. However, if your invitation says “black tie” be prepared to wear a tux, since this wedding dress code usually means the wedding is very formal and during the evening.

Semi-Formal Ensemble

There might be the rare event where you’ll either attend a beach wedding or one at a destination that’ll require you to wear either a casual outfit, a semi-casual or semi-formal one because of the location. Confusing, right? Let’s break it down using a beach wedding as an example.

Attending a formal beach wedding? Dress to impress by wearing a summer suit. A summer suit has breathable, lightweight fabrics that will keep you cool without compromising on appearance. Pair the suit with a linen shirt styled with a tie and casual oxfords.

If the destination wedding is at the beach, but the invitation says “casual” pair a sports jacket or blazer with slacks, a crisp white shirt (tie optional) and boat shoes. Use the season to dictate your color choices and fabrics. In spring/summer, the colors that work best are pastels, light blues, reds, oranges, and pink.

Fabrics you should consider are linen, cotton, and seersucker. These are all perfect when dealing with sun and sand. Hey, and you’re attending a destination wedding so have fun with your clothes play with colors and patterns while keeping the look appropriate for the occasion.

Photos Credit: Clem Onojeghuo / Nick Karvounis / Tamarcus Brown

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