Men, we get it. There’s not a lot of variety for you in the wedding game. Buttoned-up suits are still the norm. Casual wedding attire for men is usually scoffed at. Lucky for you — and your style game — we’ve listed five great informal looks that you can try out this season.
Traditional, Casual Suits
While there have been efforts to update its classic design, the suit has never gone out of fashion. Today, a custom tailored suit is best: one that is properly fitted that flatters your figure and is fitted to your unique proportions.. A custom suit is worth the investment, and will not only make the bride happy, but you’ll also be pretty pleased.
Going with an off-the-rack suit can be a gamble, as a poorly fitted outfit can make you look either gangly or stout — news flash: neither is a good look. When it comes to material, wool or wool-silk blend will let your skin breathe – ideal for the spring/summer season – and looks better than cotton. Keep in mind that conventional wedding wear is best suited for formal church weddings.
Edgy and Alternative
Break convention this season and defy the conventional black & white suit color palette. A suit with bolder hues and geometric accents will give you a modern, alternative edge that will really wow wedding guests. Adding some color to your attire will really separate you from the crowd, especially if the crowd is wearing 50 shades of gray. Just don’t outshine the groom!
Accessories? Of course! Wear a chunky watch to add a little flair. Slimmer fitting suits also break the mold substantially when it comes to standing out. This outfit makes sense if you’re going to a wedding where the dress code is smart-casual.
Vest to Impress
A smart vest can be a solid option over a heavy dinner jacket, especially if you’re attending a summer wedding. Though far less formal than a regular suit, a vest can still make a great impression: just remember to keep it buttoned to avoid looking too casual.
Just like a dinner jacket, choosing a style that fits snugly around the shoulders and torso without pulling the fabric at the back is going to give you that sleek look you’re looking for. Finish off the look with a pair of well-fitted trousers and a smooth pair of shoes. Take the vest over a dinner jacket when considering attire for outdoor summer weddings.
Button-Down Shirts, Polos and Sweaters
White shirts have long been considered an essential part of male wedding attire but it’s 2022; let’s break a few molds. A button-down shirt might be a staple of your Friday night out wardrobe, but pair it with a nice dinner jacket, it’ll create a more relaxed or informal look. Pro-tip: if your look is too laid back, try wearing a tie to bring back a touch of formality.
Polo shirts and turtlenecks are two easygoing, unconventional fashion choices that look great when paired with all the components of a traditional suit like tailored trousers and leather shoes.
Finally, a neat, thin sweater under your jacket provides an extra layer in cooler months, making them a great option for any wedding with a more relaxed dress code.
Buckle up folks because style rules are going out the window. When attending a wedding on a beach, long, loose-fitting, white shirts and a pair of corduroy trousers are far better for the hot, and humid conditions. If your invite says “beach formal”, try a seersucker suit. This will help regulate your body temperature and keep you feeling cool while maintaining formality.
Alternatively, a dinner jacket and shirt made from stretched cotton is both stylish and low maintenance. However, no matter how lax the bride and groom are, sandals are far too informal, even for a beach wedding. Go with a solid pair of loafers or lace-up shoes.
Casual wedding attire for men doesn’t have to be bland, but your choice of attire will be influenced by the type of event you plan to attend. It’s important to consult your wedding invitation before you start splashing your cash! If you’re not sure what is right for the big day, give us a call or stop in and we’ll help you put together something that looks great and stands out in a good way!