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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Pink and navy are a match made in heaven

As preppy a colour combination as you could wish for, this duo nonetheless feels fresh thanks to the addition of stone chinos.

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Skip the suit jacket

You don't always need to pair formal trousers with a formal jacket. In fact, a black trench coat gives this whole outfit a more individual, relaxed vibe.

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Play with layers

This look proves the old adage that with layers, less is more. A lightweight shirt, vest and jacket can be as warm as one heavy coat, plus adaptable if the weather changes.

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Look smart without the suit

Dressing for a wedding doesn’t have to mean a suit, particularly when the weather is warmer. Separates in lighter shades are smart and celebratory.

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A bit of difference

You can have a bit more fun with separates than a suit since there are more elements to play with. Wearing something with a small pattern makes the whole thing feel distinctive.

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When only the sharpest look will do

If the occasion calls for a suit, then bring out the big guns with a perfectly fitted navy number, white pocket square and a bold tie.

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Staying smart in any weather

A structured coat is a clever outerwear option with a suit – it’s still smart but adds warmth without adding bulk.

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