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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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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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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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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Wedding-ready style

This wedding season, opting for suit separates in place of a full suit can be a creative way of varying your look while toeing the dress code. Perfect when you're at one every weekend.

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Freshen up the classics

For a versatile smart casual look, stick to classic pieces in understated tones. A navy blazer, white shirt, and stone chinos come together easily for a look that will have you covered from business events to smart social occasions.

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Mix colour and pattern

You don’t have to stick to grey or navy when it comes to suits. Mixing different colours and patterns feels modern and youthful – just make sure to keep things different enough that it feels intentional.

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Black-on-black

Black is safe, but all-black makes a statement. To pull it off, make sure there's some subtle contrast in shade or texture, to avoid your look feeling flat.

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Stylish separates

Smart separates can make as much of an impact as a suit. The dapper effect is in the details and the fit, so add interest points with contrasting textures and complementary accessories.

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