How To Dress For Weddings | Advice From Our Stylists

How Men Should Dress For Weddings Can Be Tricky, Our Guide Is Here To Help

The invitation says dress formal, but what exactly does that mean? If you are wondering what to wear at a wedding, you are not alone. Dress for weddings has a set of rules. Don’t worry, the info you need is likely on the invitation, and with our helpful guide below, you’re guaranteed to look great.

Black Tie

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Black tie, in other words, means you probably want to opt for a tuxedo with a black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes. This is the most formal of wedding types so you want to make sure to dress the part. Some of our favorites for black tie attire are the Gala, Concorde, or Dayton.

The featured image is a man wearing a Black suit and looking off into the distance.

Formal or Black Tie Optional

The featured image is a close up of a man's suit and flower lapel pin. The suit is a Navy color, the tie and pocket square is a Blue with Fuscia floral print, and the lapel pin is Tan.

Even though there’s a choice between two styles, we still recommend you air on the side of being more dressed up than not. You’d always rather be overdressed than feel like the odd one out. If you opt for the black tie attire, see above, otherwise we recommend a formal dark suit, tie, and classic dress shoes. Our suggestions to pair with this type of dress are the Sanford, Tayton, or Maguire.

The featured image is a close up of a man's suit and flower lapel pin. The suit is a Navy color, the tie and pocket square is a Blue with Fuscia floral print, and the lapel pin is Tan.

Destination or Beach

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What to wear for a wedding on a beach? A summer suit with a linen shirt (no tie required), linen pants or khakis, paired with lightweight shoes or sandals. But don’t be fooled! This isn’t just a day at the beach. Let the beach vibe speak through your clothing, don’t just look like you’re headed to the beach to hang out. Some of our favorite warm-weather, wedding friendly styles are the Argosy, Orion, or Cicero.

The featured image is a man smiling and wearing a Blue with White stripe suit.

Semi-Formal or Dress Casual

The featured image is a close up of a man's suit. The suit is Black with minute floral detailing.

This is often the most difficult type of wedding to dress for. It’s easy to go awry and stray too casual which is something you don’t want to do. For weddings like this, we recommend a suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season, and versatile dress shoes. We recommend the Alaire, Winthrop, or Mabry.

The featured image is a close up of a man's suit. The suit is Black with minute floral detailing.

Casual or Daytime

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Casual weddings really let you express yourself. But be careful to not outshine the newlyweds! We recommend dress pants or khakis with a button-down shirt or polo, paired with lightweight shoes. As we’ve said, you always want to air on the side of being more dressed up than not, but with a casual wedding feel comfortable knowing that you don’t need to reach for a suit. For these weddings we recommend the Colfax, Dunstan, or Neville.

The featured image is a close up of a man's dress shirt cutt, with a Golf cuff link.