How To Dress When Attending A Wedding

With the Autumn wedding season upon us, its time to begin ensuring we have our suits organised for the festivities ahead. With a myriad of different dress codes as well as the sheer number of weddings in the season, its essential you have a few different suits at your disposal.

Given the amount of drinking, sitting and dancing, its important that you wear something comfortable and well-fitting. Beyond this, the key points to remember are:

  • Always meet the dress code
  • Consider the location and climate
  • Over dressed is better than under dressed
  • Always wear a pocket square with your jacket
  • Wear an outfit which allows you to lose the jacket without sacrificing style
  • Never wear a pinstripe suit to a wedding

I have provided a basic guide on some key staple wedding suits for each dress code below.

Black Tie

Black tie is black tie. It commands a tuxedo and nothing else. Yes you can mix up your tones with navy, charcoal and white but remember to strive for an understated elegance.

If you’re invited to a wedding with a ‘White Tie’ dress code, send us a message and we can talk you through what you will need.

Formal (Black Tie optional)

Formal dress can seem quite ambiguous but it pays to keep things simple and elegant. I would suggest a navy or charcoal two piece suit, white shirt and silk tie. Add in a suitable pocket square depending on how you perceive the formality (white to play it safe, or something multi-coloured if you feel comfortable). Keep the shoes business like and opt for a clean black oxford.

I would suggest swapping the loafers for oxfords, or adding navy socks.

Semi Formal/Cocktail

I feel this should really be the same as formal wear with a few minor tweaks. Lose the tie, change the oxfords for a pair of loafers, and mix up your suiting material to suit the climate. Given we are in Australia any open weave materials such as cotton and linen will be most suitable and will help relax the formality of a suit.

Casual/Festive Attire

The quickest way to dress down your outfit is to mismatch your trousers and jacket. It adds a casual feel to the outfit without sacrificing any style whatsoever. If you’re wearing colourful tones (as you would be for a Summer wedding), opt for a crisp white shirt, colourful pocket square and pair of driving shoes, loafers or espadrilles.

If you have any questions or want to chat about a new suit or garment, please get in contact. Our suits generally take 4 – 6 weeks to be made, so if you have any ideas its important we speak now to ensure it is ready in time for your various wedding dates.

Miles Wharton – Founder – The Bespoke Corner