The Friend- OF-AFriend’s Wedding
Just to be absolutely clear: you are not the star of the show here. Weddings are about the groom (oh, and bride), not the guy on a free party ticket. “This is his opportunity to really revel in his outfit and enjoy the experience,” says Arden. “Your job as a bit-player is to reflect the sense of occasion without trying to hog the limelight. So no outré outfits, no big statements.”
But that’s not to say it pays to dress as though it’s just another day at the office. Arden recommends opting for perhaps a bolder, patterned shirt and/or tie to offset the more sober background of a plain suit, “with maybe a pocket square for a spark of dressiness”.
Hitchcock agrees that this is where a touch of measured ostentation is welcome, as long as it befits the mood and your status. “It depends on the wedding, of course, but generally, if you’re not a member of the main party, there’s no need to be overly formal,” he says. “A linen suit could work well here, as long as the weather is fine. Or you might consider a contrasting waistcoat. A wedding is a time to apply effort, and to be smart shows respect. But ultimately, it’s meant to be about having fun.”