What suits to wear to a formal event

If you’re looking for Formal event outfit ideas featuring suits, our stylists have done the work for you. Browse the different combinations they’ve put together below.

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Make a colour change

A charcoal suit is a nice alternative to black (it’s not as harsh) and can feel more individual than navy. Go for a light tie for a tried-and-true suiting combo.

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Start with a blank canvas

A grey suit is a blank canvas for colourful accessories, like a burnt orange or red patterned tie. Keep everything else simple to let the colour really stand out.

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A countryside switch

A quilted jacket isn’t just for the countryside. Over an Oxford shirt and blazer, it is a waterproof option that adds a little something different to your formal style.

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Complementary accessories

When it comes to a tie and pocket square, they should be complementary but never matching. A blue check tie and a burgundy pocket square is a great way to achieve this, especially with a grey suit as the base.

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Go bold with a check suit

The trick to nailing a check suit is a) get the fit perfect and b) keep everything else muted – white shirt, dark tie, smart shoes. Then just add a dash of confidence.

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Give texture a try

For a subtle suit update, add a little texture or pattern. A lightly textured fabric like flannel will make your suit seem more luxe, while the patterned tie adds the final boost.

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A subtle pattern

In a simple outfit, a small pattern can have a big impact. Adding a striped tie will add some personality to your suit without making you stand out.

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