A Guide to Picking the Perfect Wedding Suit



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A close friend or relative getting married is an opportunity to get together and celebrate the start of a new chapter in their lives. Attending the wedding is something you'll probably look forward to, but you might also feel confused about what you should wear.

From looking overdressed to wearing something that clashes with the dress code, there are many potential fashion mistakes to avoid. Read on for some important dos and don’ts of picking a wedding suit.

Understand the dress code

There is no cookie-cutter option for a wedding suit since every wedding is different. It’s an event that reflects the personality of the bride and groom, and the venue, time of the year and the theme of the wedding can provide you with clues for the dress code they’re looking for.

Formal or semi-formal attire

Unless you’re invited to a black-tie event at a prestigious venue, the wedding will probably have a formal or semi-formal dress code, and there is no need to go all out with a tuxedo.

If you do decide to go for a tuxedo, choose a classic notch lapel for a more conservative look or opt for a peak lapel for some subtle flair. 

However, many men make the mistake of associating formal wear with the kind of suits they would wear to the office. Remember that it’s a wedding and that you want a suit that is classy without looking professional.

Casual attire

COVID-19 had a significant impact on wedding trends with more couples opting for small outdoor weddings. A lot of receptions now have a fun and relaxed atmosphere with natural decor, mismatched seating, a bistro-inspired menu and a casual dress code for the guests.

However, a casual dress code doesn’t mean that shorts and a T-shirt will do. Think of casual wedding attire as something that is slightly dressier than what you would wear to work.

A waistcoat can be a good option for a look that is both relaxed and dressy, and it allows you to ditch the jacket. One of the keys to pulling off a casual style is to pay attention to details and pick a few accessories that will elevate your outfit.

Practical considerations

When and where is the wedding? Light colors, chambray and linen are ideal for a cool outfit you’d wear to an outdoor reception in the summer. On the other hand, you’ll have to plan your outfit around wearing a jacket if you're expecting colder weather.

Choose your style

Attending a wedding is an opportunity to express yourself and have fun with your style, but don't forget that fit is everything with a wedding suit.

Slim-fit

The slim-fit suit is a modern staple of the millennials. However, some men make the mistake of opting for a skintight look that is unflattering.

You can pull off this style if you choose a suit that fits properly and if you get a few adjustments made. The pant legs are shorter with this look, but remember that they should still touch your shoes when you stand up. The tight fit across the chest and shoulder can emphasize your silhouette, but make sure the jacket seams sit on your shoulder blades and not higher.

If you want a modern look without going for a slim fit, consider a double-breasted jacket as an alternative.

Tailored

When in doubt, opt for a tailored fit since this style is a lot more forgiving with its slightly boxy jacket and straight pant legs.

Don't hesitate to have a few alterations made to obtain a silhouette that is more flattering. Adjusting the length of the sleeves and pant legs can make a huge difference, and you can also have a tailor improve how the jacket fits around the shoulder and chest area. You can request tapered pant legs for a modern touch as well.

Relaxed

A relaxed suit is the right mix of dressy and casual. It can look trendy with a simple T-shirt, and lightweight fabrics like linen or cotton will create plenty of movement. Plus, it’s a type of suit that can keep you cool and comfortable, even if you get up and dance at the reception.

When picking a relaxed suit, beware of garments that are slouchy or overly boxy. It's a look that works best for men with slim shoulders and a wider waist, but a slimmer fit will be best if you have broad shoulders.

The dos and don’ts of picking a wedding suit

These simple rules will help you pick the right suit the next time you attend a wedding:

  • Pick a suit that is flattering for your body type, and invest in professional tailoring. Avoid anything that is skintight or too boxy.
  • Wear a tie if the wedding is formal. A bow tie is a fun alternative for semi-formal events. You can also accessorize with a belt, a pair of suspenders, some cufflinks, a watch, a boutonniere or a pocket square.
  • Opt for a black, charcoal gray or midnight blue suit if you're attending a formal reception. However, there is a wider range of colors to explore for more casual events, including tan, champagne, lighter shades of blue and pastel hues.
  • Pair your shoes with your suit. Black or brown loafers are a safe choice, but you can wear tan shoes or even two-toned Oxfords with a lighter suit.
  • Don't wear a white, off-white or ivory suit. Remember that the bride’s dress should be the main point of focus in group pictures. Find out which colors the groom and mother of the bride will wear so you can avoid these colors as well.
  • Think before you wear sneakers. For a modern look, some men like pairing a light gray suit with white sneakers. It’s a great casual style for some occasions, but it’s not something you should wear to every wedding. Opt for loafers or classic Oxfords for a more mature feel.
  • Don’t steal the show. It’s fine to express your personality, but don’t overdo it. Stay away from flashy accessories, colors that look too bright and loud patterns. Let the bride and groom take the center stage on their big day.

Do you need a wedding suit for an upcoming occasion? Ike Behar offers a selection of stylish suits that will help you look sharp and express your personal style on this special day.