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What’s Appropriate Attire For A Male Wedding Guest?

When you’re attending a wedding as a guest, there are a few do’s and don’ts to look out for. It can all depend on the theme of the wedding, whether it’s a super formal black-tie event or you’ll be sporting casual wedding attire for men. We know that it can be a little confusing to choose between a tuxedo and suit; furthermore, you have to choose between colors, fabrics, patterns and accessories too.  That’s why we’re going to loop you in on exactly what you should wear for the type of wedding you’ll be attending. Whether it’s formal, cocktail or casual, we’re going to put those nerves to rest and ensure you show up looking like a million bucks. 

Black Tie Guest Wedding Attire

If the invitation has shown up and your doorstep and it states “black tie” as the dress code, then it’s time to whip out the dressy attire for a day of James Bond swagger. There are still timeless elements of black-tie attire but over the years, certain components have been chopped and changed to provide a modern look.  Let’s take a look at what you should and shouldn’t be doing to avoid a major fashion faux pas. Here’s what you should wear:

  • Black or blue tuxedo: Make sure that you show up rocking either a black or midnight blue tuxedo and if you have to wear another color, try to keep it as lowkey and dark as possible for a wedding. 

  • The right shirt: A collared dress shirt is essential for the black-tie dress code. Under no circumstances should you wear a tee or polo shirt. Go with a classic white collared dress shirt or spice things up a bit and opt for a different colored shirt. 

  • Black leather or patent leather shoes: casual shoes like sneakers, tennis shoes and even boat shoes are a flat out no for a black-tie wedding. Stick to the classics like black patent leather, leather, loafers and even a good pair of suede oxfords. 

What not to do: 

  • Wear light-colored jackets: Showstopping tux jackets and should rightly be reserved for the groom and sometimes even the groomsmen. 

  • Wear florals: That means no floral shirts but most importantly no floral boutonniere because that should be for the groom and his groomsmen. Throw on a stylish tie clip or lapel pin instead.  

  • The most: That’s right, don’t be so extra that you attempt to out-do the bride and groom. It’s their special day, keep it classy, clean and sophisticated by staying in your lane. 

Formal Wedding Attire