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Dress code: What to wear to a summer wedding

Scored an invite your mate’s wedding, or taking on a key role as best man for your bud? Let’s get you looking suave and sleek for a smashing good time. For some of us, it has been a long while since we’ve all had the chance to let loose and enjoy a wedding celebration (thank you Covid) – so let’s get the party started, shall we? Bring on the cocktails and canapes!

Most couples set expectations and keep things straightforward by mentioning a dress code on the invite. If not, you can probably deduce the dress code by looking at the season, location, and time of day. Whether you’re trying to decipher the dress code or at a loss of where to start, read on for our handy go-to guide on men’s wedding attire.

Black tie weddings

The most formal of weddings – there’s a safe list of attire options to stick to. Bring out the black tuxedo and the black bow tie, paired with a white tuxedo shirt. Keen to personalise it with your own style? You can always set yourself apart by accessorising with cufflinks, pocket squares, and black patent leather shoes. Velvet oxfords make a great choice too. The whole point is to look dashing while still letting the man of the hour shine, so stay away from bright colours!

Cocktail weddings

Slightly less formal, cocktail wedding attire is a happy balance between being able to showcase your individual style while covering all bases. You can opt for a navy or blue suit instead of the usual black, and pair it with a solid-coloured dress shirt. For your neckties or bow ties, patterns are optional but if you’re feeling adventurous – go for it! Black or brown leather shoes are also the perfect finishing touch to your outfit.

Garden weddings

A hot favourite in spring and summer – they are the ideal occasion to try something a little different with your outfit. Go with a suit in grey or tonal brown and contrast it with a white, pink, purple or blue shirt which will easily complement any tie or accessory. Or even better, switch it up by opting for a bright pink or pastel green jacket!

A smart patterned shirt which pairs well with the colour of your suit works great too. As for your tie – bonus points if it's floral!

Beach weddings

You can usually get away with a more casual take on wedding attire for a beach wedding. It should still look polished though – tan or khaki suits are popular options, but a light grey or blue suit would be a refreshing change. There are plenty of options – from button-down shirts with fitted dark denims, to trousers and chinos with a linen or twill shirt – as long as you look refined and presentable. A linen jacket is also a great option if the ceremony is more formal. As for footwear, go with a pair of crisp white sneakers, boat shoes or suede loafers to complete the look.

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