Summer – the season of red wine at the lake, barbecue contests and weddings. However, while one hardly wastes a second in front of the closet for an evening at the lake or a nice barbecue, a wedding gives a man opportunity for a rare question: “What should I wear (as a guest)?” Following a few pieces of advice for a fashionable wedding appearance.
The ground rules
The crucial rule is the guest should always set a more subtle statement than the groom. A tail coat or tuxedo should only be worn if a specific wedding theme requires it. White or beige is not only a female taboo but also applies to a guests suit. A classy performance does not only require an appropriate suit, but also a smooth shave, shiny shoes and carefully combed hair. But which outfit shows elegance and style without dominating the wedding photos?
The invitation to the civil wedding
At a civil wedding it is crucial to dress elegantly but without overstating it. A suit in grey, dark blue or black is approved (lighter colors are more comfortable to wear in summer). The shirt looks the most elegant in plain colors. White has always an elegant effect, but rose and light blue look good as well at a wedding. Concerning the tie, rely on plain colors as well – but without looking like a canary. In tender, pastel colors you will always make a good figure; rose or light blue for example (but do choose a slight contrast to your shirt color).
The invitation to the ceremonial wedding
For the ceremonial wedding the outfit can fancy up a little. One of the most popular suit colors is the dark, deep blue. Grey or black are other popular options. However do not wear a black tie with it. Too much black will quickly be related to a funeral rather than a wedding. Pay attention to details; the color of the belt and shoes should match. Here as well, colors of sorbet provide a nice eye catcher, or even carefully chosen socks. The suit can be completed with a nicely folded breast pocket square in a color matching the rest of the outfit (find some folding techniques here). If you are in a privileged position, such as the one of the best man, you may also turn to a bow tie.
Respect the rules of politeness: The sun may burn relentlessly on your jacket – do not take it off before the groom does.
Some weddings are themed: This will ease your choice of outfit. For example if the theme is ‘White Tie’ you may even take your tail coat out. If you are still unsure about your suit choice, ask the bride and groom or another stylistically confident guest.