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What to wear to weddings in every setting

What to wear to weddings in every setting

It's been a minute since we've all put on our weekend best and watched our nearest and dearest exchange vows. So if your friends are getting hitched anytime soon, you might be feeling a little lost on the outfit front, and the gift front, and the socialising front – but let’s just stick to the clothes for now. 

As you likely have gathered, traditional weddings (well, all weddings really) have taken a back seat recently. But even when weddings dominated our diaries two summers back, you probably got used to attending something a little more unique. Needless to say, a stuffy suit isn’t always the way forward. To help you out now that wedding invites are starting to slip through mailboxes again, we tapped menswear stylist Toby Standing for his advice on what to wear to every kind of nuptials – including the casual festival types, the formal types, and the types that land in between. And yes, you’ll show up feeling smart and put-together at all of the above. Heck, you might even upstage the groom. 

The traditional

A classic suit will always hold a strong place in wedding dress codes but there’s definitely ways you can make it feel more of a treat to wear. Toby advises to ditch the classic blue and grey colour ways and try something like a chocolate brown to switch things up. It will still feel classic and shouldn’t push you too far out of your comfort zone while managing a look that is different to the norm. For styling, details like a knitted tie and loafers help soften the suit, making it feel completely separate from the kind of thing you’d wear to the office (not that that’s much of a thing anymore). 

The inbetween

If the wedding calls for a look that’s more low-ley and casual, the first step to toning a look down is confidently forgoing the shirt and tie combination. Instead, opt for a breezy camp collar shirt to dress down while still holding an elegant slant. And, since the best part of low-key dress codes is being able to stay comfy all day, try out linen trousers in a classic cut for your bottom half. They’ll keep you cool in the warmer months and feel just the same as pyjama bottoms. To finish the look, Toby says a pair of crepe sole, suede shoes are a good inbetween footwear choice. They’re not as dressed down as trainers but not as formal as a pair of leather derbies, so they split the difference nicely. 

The casual

For the times you can dress super casual but still want to look like you’ve made an effort, Toby champions a deconstructed suit in a twill or cotton fabric as the perfect choice. Lighter colours like olive green work especially well here and details like patch pockets nod to classic workwear garments, instantly taking away the stiffness of your usual suit. Here, feel free to ditch any kind of shirt and throw on a t-shirt instead (making sure it’s crisp, of course) for a laid-back look that still makes you look the part. Then, reach for a pair of solid low-top trainers (again, that are nice and clean) and you’re good to go. 


Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing