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How to Dress Correctly for a Wedding

Whether it is a small garden affair, taking place on the beach or due to happen in a French château setting, there are all kinds of different dress codes for weddings nowadays.

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There are a good many articles out there explaining in detail what each dress code entails. We have put together a short guide to help you ensure you get it right, no matter the type of occasion.

Black Tie

Although many weddings are more casual today, there are the occasional few which do require you to really go to town and dress up. Black tie usually means a standard tuxedo – black dinner jacket, trousers, shirt and dress shoes. Don’t forget to accessorise with an appropriately matching tie (a bow tie is best), waist coat and cummerbund and also cuff links. A silk scarf works well for winter weddings.

Semi-Formal

The majority of wedding invites will ask guests to turn up in semi-formal attire. Not casual, but certainly nothing as strict as black tie. Choose a dark suit, a shirt in a neutral colour or subtle pattern and some semi-formal well-polished shoes to go with them. Adding a textured tie is a nice touch.

Cocktail

Somewhere in between semi-formal and smart casual, cocktail attire is another popular choice. Choose a two-piece suit, keeping the cut slim and sharp. This is one occasion you can choose a different-coloured suit, such as caramel, burgundy or even forest green. For the shirt, choose a demure print or something in a block colour. Check out mens Farah shirts here http://ejmenswear.com/brands/farah. Shoes can be loafers or something in a dark or tan leather. A coloured or patterned tie should work with this outfit too.

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Summer

Weddings held in warmer climates or during the hottest part of the summer tend to naturally demand a much more casual code of dress. Here you can choose a casual suit, such as a less structured linen. You can also afford to go a little bolder with the shirt, although paler colours will be better suited to a summer setting. When looking for shoes, don’t go as casual as trainers or sandals: instead stick to loafers, brogues or Oxfords. On this occasion you could forgo the tie if you wish – simply unbutton one or two buttons on your shirt.

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