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.
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
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
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
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