Whether you like it or not gentlemen, wedding season is in full swing, with March being the most popular month of the year for couples to tie the knot. One weekend you may find yourself in the tranquil hills of a winery, the next on the dunes of a beach, or a traditional place of worship. This can pose some tricky sartorial questions – most important of all, what the hell are you supposed to wear?
The wedding day is one of the riskiest days to commit a fashion faux pas – be it your wedding or not. We all don’t want Bridezilla rearing her head in your direction when you rock up on HER big, very formal day wearing denim (note: denim at a wedding is never ok!).
In order to not go from ‘best friend of the groom’ to ‘that guy that wore shorts to my wedding’, we dissect the do’s and definitely do-not’s of dressing for a wedding.
THE CHURCH WEDDING
For religious weddings, a slightly more conservative approach would be advised. A navy or grey Calibre suit will do the trick, paired with a crisp, white shirt for timeless elegance or to add a pop of colour, consider a pale blue shirt – just make sure you tone down your tie. For your feet, Oxfords, Derbies or Brogues in black or brown provide fail-safe options. Complete the look with a classic pair of cufflinks; tie bar optional.
THE WINERY WEDDING
Winery weddings are as easy to dress for as the wine is to drink. Dress for the occasion in something rich and beautifully tailored – think wool suits in deep blues and reds, beautiful Calibre Italian silk ties and leather shoes. While just as formal as a ceremony in a house of worship, a winery backdrop allows you to play with colour, pattern and texture, and stand out a little from the crowd.
THE BEACH WEDDING
This is slightly tricky territory – a formal occasion in a relaxed environment. What do you do?
Firstly, let’s focus on what NOT to wear. That winter-weight Italian wool suit you’re considering might look a splendid sartorial choice at face value, but 20 minutes of it in warmer climates will render you a red-faced, sweaty mess. And nobody wants to see that. Lightweight fabrics and neutral tones are a smart choice here – a linen blazer worn back with navy chinos, a crisp white shirt and a pair of loafers will see you through, but nothing beats a cotton suit like this one. Complete the look with a pocket square, folded carelessly.
An easy way to gauge what will fly at a beach wedding is to suss out the groomsmen outfits. If they are accompanying their buddy down the aisle in shorts, a short sleeve shirt and blazer – feel free to do the same.