The invite’s arrived and you’re faced with your first dilemma. So what’s the difference between semiformal and cocktail attire? We’ve simplified the job of getting dressed for a wedding to make sure you’ll be the sharpest looking guest there.
It’s always a good idea to get prepped well before the wedding, especially if travel is involved. You don’t want to be rushing to buy a suit the day before and then running out of time to have your trousers shortened or your shoes shined. Consider the dress code as well. Semi-formal means a smart suit, cocktail attire requires a dressier a dark suit and tie, while black tie definitely means a tux.
You’re not going to work
Probably the most important thing when suiting up for a wedding is to not look like you’re heading to the office. The easiest way to avert this problem is to start with a navy suit. It will pass most dress codes and unlike lighter hues, navy always looks modern and smart. While you can still wear it to work, it doesn’t have that strictly ‘business’ vibe. Look for something with lighter weight fabric that gives you the freedom to move. Our Fundamental jacket and Caper trouser is a good choice – they will keep you cooler in the summer months and are perfect for hitting the dance floor.
Get the details right
While a white shirt and dark tie is a failsafe option and works for a formal dress code, it’s a good idea to keep your accessories upbeat for a summer wedding. After all, this is meant to be a joyous occasion for the happy couple. Floral ties and pocket squares are your best bet and look great at a garden wedding. Back them up with a pastel shirt which will really pop against your suit. And if you’re going solo, everyone knows weddings are a great place to meet someone – a few bold accents are sure to get you noticed.