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Suit from Politix, image by Figtree Pictures  via Vanessa & Rodney’s Intimate and Rustic Newrybar Wedding

For a woman, wedding attire is more or less foolproof. She can wear almost any dress paired with a matching cardigan and accessories and have a perfect, wedding-appropriate outfit. When it comes to men choosing an outfit to attend a wedding, however, things can get a bit trickier.

Today’s post will cover all of the basics that you will need to know when choosing an outfit to attend a wedding.

Check Your Invitation

The first thing you want to do when choosing what to wear to a wedding is grab that invitation and really read it closely. The wedding invitation can actually be utilised as a bit of a cheat sheet if you know what to look for.

Jacket from Politix, image by Market Lane Media via Bree & Terry’s Relaxed Port Elliot Wedding

Typically, a wedding invitation will give you clues about how formally you should dress and what styles will be most appropriate. If the wedding is formal, there will be something along the lines of “black tie optional” included in the invitation. In addition, knowing whether the wedding is indoor or outdoor and whether it’s happening at day or night will provide you with a bit of extra context.

Choose Your Basics

The number one rule of wedding attire for men is that it’s always better to come overdressed than underdressed. Since men are able to make their outfits a bit more casual if necessary, you should err on the side of caution here.

Unless the invitation specified black tie, you are free to have some fun with your outfit. For daytime, spring or summer weddings, you should opt for a light-coloured suit in a thinner cotton or linen blend. You can pair this with an Oxford or poplin shirt in any light color you wish. Evening, autumn and winter weddings all call for a darker color palette and heavier, more formal fabrics like wools. Here you should wear a dark grey, navy or black suit paired with an Oxford or poplin in a neutral or jewel-toned color.

Accessorise

Women aren’t the only ones that can dress up an outfit with some sharp accessories. Depending on which basics you choose, you have the option of adding a tie, cufflinks, suspenders and stylish shoes to complete your look.

 

Suits from Politix, image by Aimee Claire Weddings via Gemma & Tom’s Chic Country Orchard Wedding

Unless you’re attending a beach wedding or a very casual ceremony, you should definitely include a tie. Less formal weddings give you the option of a fun, patterned bow tie or an interesting, splashy, traditional tie with a simple tie bar.

Cufflinks are another option if you want to add a touch of sophistication to your outfit. They’re best for formal weddings, but remember to keep them simple.

For daytime and warm weather weddings, adding a matching set of suspenders to your ensemble is not out of the question. If you opt to go this route, keep the rest of your attire understated.

Finally, you can never go wrong with a classic, lace-up dress shoe in black or brown. Most men will already have at least one suitable pair of dress shoes, so this is usually the easiest part of your outfit. A quick word of advice: Make sure that your socks either cannot be seen or match the color of your pants as closely as possible.

Remember, when you’re choosing an outfit to attend a wedding, be sure to study that invitation for clues and don’t be afraid to get creative with your choices.

About Politix: Hi, I’m Ivette and work in marketing at Politix, an Australian-based menswear store that specialises in providing accessible luxury men’s clothing. We believe in focusing on quality and allow men in Australia to be well dressed for any occasion or dress code.

For his marriage to Georgie in Richmond, Tom wore a smart dark suit offset by a crisp white shirt and tie. The contrast of his suit with the white of his shirt and Georgie’s gown added understated elegance to the day. Surrounded by greenery at the Terminus Hotel, the day was a warm celebration of their marriage with family and friends.

Greenery Filled Richmond Wedding064

Greenery Filled Richmond Wedding067

Photographer: Daniel Brannan / Groom's Attire: Henry Bucks / Groom's Shoes: Double Monk / Groomsmen Attire: Henry Bucks / Groom's Tie & Bowties: Henry Bucks

Image by Elisha Ross

Image by Elisha Ross via Jennifer & Scott’s Relaxed Winery Lunch Wedding

The wedding suit is arguably the most complex decision a groom has to make in the lead up to the big day.

But with so many options, where does one start?

Obviously, Polka Dot Groom is the place to begin. But have you wandered over to our Instagram account for a bit more #weddinginspo?

Instagram continues to dominate the social media landscape (behind its big brother Facebook, of course).

Model and Instagram influencer Sam Wines says fellow fashionistas on the popular social media platform are perfect for those looking for inspiration.

“I draw inspiration from other men’s fashion enthusiasts on social media and then add my own personal twist,” Wines says.

“It’s all about someone’s personal style.

“There are plenty of Instagram accounts dedicated solely to weddings, they are great for a holistic approach.

“I would suggest scoping out a few men’s suiting accounts as well, such as @mensuitsteam and @menwithclass.”

So why should you head to Instagram over Facebook?

“Instagram is unique amongst the myriad of social media platforms out there,” Wines says.

“It is almost exclusively visual. Naturally then, Instagram is an invaluable tool that is utilised by countless people hunting for inspiration.”

Carl Nave smoking jackets. Image by Grace Petrou

Carl Nave smoking jackets. Image by Grace Petrou

Bespoke tailor Carl Navè understands the power of social media, especially in the world of weddings.

“Instagram has become such a prominent resource for weddings today,” he says.

“There are so many people posting their own wedding photos, which are of a very high standard, and it’s a really nice way to share in a complete strangers’ special day.

“It’s almost like people inviting you in on their wedding.”

Navè says he’s “a bit of a voyeur” when it comes to Instagram fashion.

“The people that tend to inspire me the most are other tailors and photographers, such as @chiaia_napoli, @fabioattanasio and @tagliatorreofficial.

“These guys are fairly well known Italian tailors and influencers and I love their contemporary take on old world tailoring.

“As for photographic inspiration, I love @gracepetrou and @aleksanderjason. They both have a great eye for detail and lighting and they work miracles with their cameras.”

Navè also said Wines was high on his list for fashion inspiration.

“I do a lot of work with @samwines_ and I love his style.

“Sam is a champion for educating younger guys on how to dress, he’s the new age gent.”

Fellow stylist Sally Mackinnon from Styled By Sally, described Instagram as a “great source of inspiration particularly for anything style related”.

“What I love about Instagram is the new feature to save your favourite looks and categorise them.

“This is ideal for wedding planners who can save anything from a favourite suit, accessories, shoes and wedding cars.

“[You can] also try searching specific hashtags like #groomstyle #weddingstyle for inspiration.”

Don’t forget to start your wedding Instagram journey by following us at @PolkaDotBride.

Ms Polka Dot says: Great advice – whether you know Instagram well or are just starting out, tips from people in the know always gives you more areas to explore for style advice.

About Mr Houndstooth: I am a happily married man. I enjoy a fine whisky, a new suit and swashbuckling around town with my beautiful bride. Looking back on my wedding day always makes me smile, even though it began to rain just as I said ‘I do’.