The Friend- OF-AFriend’s Wed­ding

Men's Health (UK) - - M H P Romot I O N -

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.”

STYLE - 10/ 17 SUIT £ 850 BOSS TIE £ 65 AND SHIRT £ 55 BUDD SHIRTMAKERS POCKET SQUARE £ 50 PAUL SMITH CUF­FLINKS £ 380 MINAS

SUIT £ 289 REMUS UOMO ROLL­NECK £ 150 EDI­TIONS MR AT MATCH­ESFASH­ION. COM

SUIT £ 785 DAKS SHIRT £ 195 AND POCKET SQUARE £ 45 BUDD SHIRTMAKERS TIE £ 60 PEN­ROSE LON­DON HAT £ 135 PAUL SMITH

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