You know wedding season is coming when the usual mix of bills and random catalogues in your mailbox is disrupted by large envelopes with thick cardstock. While the attractive wedding invitations with calligraphy might at first seem like a nice surprise, most guys can easily feel overwhelmed by the time their eyes read the dress code.
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Men with a wardrobe of workwear suiting might have the advantage when it comes to planning their attire for the upcoming celebration, but navigating a wedding dress code can be difficult, especially when the soon-to-be-married couple gets creative with quirky ideas. Don’t break a sweat, because we have you covered with the four types of wedding attire that you’ll most likely see printed on any invitation. From casual to formal, you’ll know the right way to accessorize your sharp look, but also learn the go-to brands for impeccable suiting that won’t cost a fortune.
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Now, here’s how to suit up successfully for any wedding this summer!
Casual Wedding Attire
The easiest and most flexible wedding dress code is casual. While that doesn’t mean you should show up to a summer wedding in your beach duds, you can go for a more relaxed style of dress that still feels appropriate. Linen suiting from Billy Reid is perfect for it’s breathable fabric that’ll help you beat the heat, while still looking polished. Take for example the subtle herringbone pattern on the Archie Jacket and Moore Trouser. The herringbone elevates the suit and keeps it from becoming too unstructured and flow-y.
For underpinnings, you can don a something like a patterned short sleeve button down to amplify the suit’s warm colors without causing any clash.
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And on the feet go with a well made pair of leather loafers. They will look excellent with the cool fabrics and provide you with a prime opportunity to bust out your best dance moves at the reception.
City Dress Attire
When attending a city wedding, keep your suiting look sleek and classic. A stretch wool suit is a smart choice for smooth style with a hint of sheen and extra comfort. A mid-gray colorway pairs perfectly with a crisp white dress shirt, however collar proportions are key, so make sure to choose one with a nice semi-spread collar.
When accessorizing, you can sport a stylish necktie or just wear your collar open for a look that’s a bit more relaxed, but add a pocket square for a touch of sophistication. Slide on a pair of loafers to complete the look and you’re good to hit the town.
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Beach Wedding Attire
You want the coolest, most comfortable suit with ease, so opt for an ultra-lightweight unconstructed suit. A cotton and linen blend makes for a prime choice in summer suiting for its texture (that’s perfect for travel with no need for an iron) and breathability that will let you feel that cool beach breeze. Add a pop of bold, graphic print to your wedding attire with a fun camp collar shirt that you can wear all-summer-long at the beach or outdoor barbecue.
When you’re not feeling the sand under your feet, these sneakers are the best footwear option with durable, easy-to-clean canvas uppers. Overall, you want your beach wedding outfit to match the laid-back vibe of the celebration, but without looking sloppy.
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Formal Wedding Attire
The black tuxedo is your ultimate formal suit worth investing in. Thankfully, brands like Suit Supply offer high-quality fabrics and terrific construction for reasonable prices, making rentals a thing of the past. Their suits are basically fool-proof with the right balance of proportions to flatter any body shape. Plus, the brand offers almost everything else you’ll need for the timeless formal look, including cufflinks.
You can learn to tie a bow tie or make your life a little easier with a perfectly-sized option that’s already pre-tied for you. Just make sure it’s not too big and wide for a streamlined, elegant wedding look that is bound to turn heads.
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Ted Stafford is the Fashion Director of Men’s Health.
John Thompson is the E-Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.
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