SUIT UP!! ~ A Guide To Men’s Wedding Fashion
SUIT UP!! ~ Barney Stinson From How I Met Your Mother
The suit is the cornerstone of men’s wedding fashion. As a general rule of thumb, if you’re in the wedding party, you’re going to wear a tuxedo. If you’re just a guest, however, you’ll be good in a suit. That said, the style and color of the suit you wear depends on the type of attire specified in the wedding invitation.
White-tie/full evening dress
A suit for all seasons
If the invitation doesn’t specify the type of attire or it’s frustratingly unclear what style of men’s suit would be most appropriate (the most likely occurrence), base your decision on the time of day and the season in which the wedding is taking place.
Spring/summer day wedding
On the other side of the spectrum is the very formal English morning coat and vest (popularly seen in Four Weddings and a Funeral). This is ultra-formal wear and is usually only worn by the groom and his groomsmen. I wouldn’t recommend showing up to any wedding in this garb if you’re just a guest.
Spring/summer night wedding
It goes without saying that you should avoid wool suits for warm-weather weddings. Rather, opt for a comfortable cotton ensemble. Since this wedding’s at night, you should choose a dark-colored suit (navy, black, charcoal or gray). If you’re in the party, a black-tie tux is a must.
Fall/winter day wedding
You can go with either a cotton or wool suit in the fall and winter seasons. It’s also a smart idea to stick to dark colors, like navy or black.
Fall/winter night wedding
Tying your own tie is just as important as making the right choice of color and style. This means no clip-ons or ready-made bowties. Speaking of which, a silk or satin bow tie in black with a cummerbund is the classic tux option, but a worthy alternative is a solid black tie and vest.
Your belt should be thin, black and shiny. But for tuxes and formal wear, belts are unnecessary, as a cummerbund, waistcoat and suspenders (or some combination of the three) are the preferred option.
If you’re in the wedding party, cufflinks should be pearl or silver for daytime weddings, and black or gold for evening events.
Black, plain-toe oxfords are the standard (although browns can be worn during the day). Avoid wingtips or the sort of shoes you might wear to the office.