What to wear to a formal event

Need inspiration for what to wear at your next formal event? Our expert stylists have put together different formal outfit ideas, from classic and stylish to more modern.

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Outerwear that elevates

A well-fitting overcoat is the kind of item that instantly sharpens any outfit. Worn over your formal trousers and knitwear you'll still look polished even when you’re away from the office.

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A fresh take on layering

Here’s a smart twist on layering – a grey check overcoat, blue shirt, and navy trousers. Finish with a green blazer to add a smart injection of colour and some suede Chelsea boots for some added suave.

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A subtle upgrade

Use texture to add some extra detail to any smart separates combo. A knitted tie or textured blazer elevates your outfit without grabbing too much attention.

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A suit for all situations

Every man should own a navy suit. Less severe than black, you can wear it to work or a wedding. It’s simply a case of switching up the accessories.

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Why we’re all for formal dressing

While we like to keep things casual, occasionally, a smart and preppy look is high on our agenda. We’re talking a blue shirt, navy trousers, and a grey overcoat. Put some prep in your step with a check blazer and penny loafers.

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Broaden your colour palette

When building your smart wardrobe, don't get hung up on blues and navys. Sure, they're formalwear heavyweights, but light and neutral shades like stone can work just as hard to complement darker tones.

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Ivy league style for all

A denim shirt with a tie and blazer might feel like a left-field move, but it works if your tailored pieces are full of texture. The whole thing feels smart, but a little more casual.

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Don't be afraid to mix and match

Navy waistcoat and a grey blazer...why not? As long as you keep the levels of formality the same, there's no reason why you can't mix up the colours and textures.

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