Today on the blog we are going to share some insight on wedding guest style for men. Women always seem to get the style attention so we thought why not focus on men’s attire today. Men need style guides too – particularly for suits! We will discuss a couple customary wedding guest attire guidelines and four different, basic suit types and patterns.
Let’s start with what’s polite and customary–don’t wear white and be sure to dress appropriately for the type of wedding you are attending. If you were never given guidelines on what to wear, then choose something dressier. It is better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
Although there are many variables when it comes to suits (e.g.; fabric, construction, lapels, vents), for the sake of this post, we are generally going to highlight four different types of suits that you could wear as a guest based on what limitations (if any) were given to you by the couple tying the knot.
First, we have tuxedos. These are usually worn for black tie affaires or those weddings that are more formal! The main difference between a tuxedo and suit is the presence of satin in a tuxedo, often on the lapel and pant legs.
Second, we have two-piece suits. This is probably the most popular and what you may normally think of when you think “suit.” If you were not given any instruction on what to wear, you certainly can’t go wrong with a basic two-piece suit.
Third, we have a three-piece suit. This is very similar to a two-piece suit except it also includes a vest, which is very old-school and awesome! In my opinion, a three-piece suit would be a little step above a two-piece suit in formality.
Fourth, we have a double-breasted suit. Double-breasted suits are currently enjoying sometime in the spotlight! Like the three-piece, I see a double-breasted as being a little more formal than a two-piece—a great choice for a wedding!
It is very important to take into consideration the type of wedding you are attending and what season your wedding takes place in. Fall is a great season where all of these suits are appropriate to wear, but in particular three-piece suit and a double breasted suit may have an advantage as they will be a little warmer.
One additional point I would like to mention, don’t be afraid to incorporate patterns. You can do this by having a patterned suit jacket, a patterned shirt or even a tie. You can also mix a couple different patters as long as they complement each other and do not clash. And make sure your suit is nice and slim and tailored to fit you! Men, check out The Black Tux for your next event!
Men’s attire | The Black Tux
Photography | Eileen Meny Photography