The key dress codes, as shown by the world’s best-dressed men.

WE GET A LIT­TLE HELP FROM THE WORLD’S BEST-DRESSED MEN TO DE­CI­PHER FOUR OF THE MOST COM­MON WED­DING-DAY STYLES.

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WHITE TIE

This is the most for­mal dress code out there. Tra­di­tion­ally, it was re­served for wed­dings tak­ing place af­ter 6pm, though these days it’s a handy op­tion for those who want to add a touch of royal style to their nup­tials – what­ever time of day. WHAT TO WEAR: No prizes for guess­ing a white bow tie is in or­der. Pair it with a white shirt and black dress coat – or up the ante and add some tails and even a top hat. Classy. WEAR IT LIKE: Tom Ford

BLACK TIE

Oc­ca­sion­ally also la­belled ‘for­mal’ on wed­ding in­vi­ta­tions, this calls for clas­sic evening wear. The rules aren’t as cut-and-dried as they used to be – and a mid­night-blue suit may work – but few things beat a man in a clas­sic well-cut black tux. WHAT TO WEAR: Although a black neck­tie is ac­cept­able in some sit­u­a­tions, best to play it safe and opt for a clas­sic black bow tie (no clip-ons, please) – you can al­ways add some per­son­al­ity with a tex­tured or knit­ted num­ber. From there, live out your Bond fan­tasies with a fit­ted black tuxedo or qual­ity din­ner jacket. WEAR IT LIKE: David Beck­ham

LOUNGE SUIT

Less dressy than ‘cock­tail’ at­tire – which is usu­ally re­served for evenings – this is of­ten the go at day­time wed­dings. Whereas ‘cock­tail’ typ­i­cally means a black suit, here things are a bit more re­laxed – though add some per­son­al­ity with a pocket square or checked jacket, so you don’t look like you’ve come straight from the of­fice. WHAT TO WEAR: For suits, think lighter tones like navy or grey, then add a shirt, tie and pocket square. You can even go for a three-piece suit, if you feel like dress­ing things up a notch. WEAR IT LIKE: David Gandy

SMART CA­SUAL

Put down the thongs and step away from your favourite board­ies. Just be­cause you’ve read the word ‘ca­sual’ it’s no rea­son to look un­tidy. You’re still go­ing to some­one’s wed­ding – not your lo­cal beach – so look smart and well put-to­gether. WHAT TO WEAR: Although you can prob­a­bly leave your tie at home, a nice col­lared shirt un­der a blazer will work well. Add a pair of chi­nos (no jeans), and maybe some slip-on shoes, depend­ing on the weather. WEAR IT LIKE: Mark Ron­son

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