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Dress Formal, Dress Casual… Common Wedding Attire Questions, Answered

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Have you ever felt clueless about what to wear to the wedding you’re attending? Don’t worry, the info you need is likely on the invitation, and with our helpful guide below, you’ll be ready to go in no time.

Black-Tie

Black-Tie means you should dress formal which means a tuxedo. We suggest a black tux, black bow tie, cummerbund, and patent leather shoes. In these situations, we always advise dressing fancier if you’re questioning what to wear because you’d rather be dressed to the 9’s as opposed to being under dressed. Our suggestions for a Black-Tie wedding are the Lexington, Tux, or Palermo.

Formal or Black-Tie Optional

Many guests have questions about what to wear to a Formal or Black-Tie optional wedding. If you want to take the safe route, see our suggestions for Black-Tie above. Otherwise a formal dark suit, tie, and classic dress shoes are perfect for formal dress. It’s hard to go wrong when deciding between Formal and Black-Tie, it’s more up to your personality. Some of our favorites that would work well for a Formal or Black-Tie optional wedding are the Sabato, Berkley, or Amelio.

Destination or Beach

Dressing for a beach wedding does not mean shorts and t-shirt. You can’t go wrong with a summer suit with a linen shirt (no tie required), linen pants or khakis, paired with lightweight shoes or sandals. But always remember, you may be at the beach but you’re attending a wedding. It’s acceptable to be more casual and comfortable, but it’s important to still dress somewhere between dress and casually, with a beach twist. Our suggestions for this kind of wedding would be the Great Lakes, Draft, or Atlantic.

Semi-Formal or Dress Casual

This is a bit like cocktail attire. Not sure what cocktail attire for men means? You’re not alone. Think a suit and tie, dark or light depending on the season, and versatile dress shoes. Although not as formal as Black-Tie or Formal, we still advise on airing on the side of caution if you are ever in question of what to wear. Some of our favorites are the Salerno, Kenmoor, or Amelio.

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