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08/26/2014

The Wedding invitation Glossary: Just Tell Me What to Wear

Spring and fall are not only important times for baseball and football. They are also big times of year for weddings. So this week, we’re tackling what to wear so you’ll feel good, look great – and be appropriate. That’s sometimes the tricky part, isn’t it? Weddings run the gamut from brunch to cocktail parties to sit-down dinners, to an all-out black tie affair. What is the right thing to wear these days?

Once you learn about that here, head on over to the Fashion Finds article, “4 Essential Looks For the Fall Wedding Season: Appropriate Style” where we’ll break down each wedding category with complete looks that will take the guess work out for you.

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Black Tie: While White Tie is the most formal (a tuxedo, with tails), that is pretty straight forward, and not all that common, so we’re going to jump right into Black Tie. This is almost always an evening affair. And this dress code is generally specified on the invitation, so this one is actually pretty easy to interpret. This is your chance to break out your tuxedo (or get one, they’re worth the investment, since they’re such a classic). You can opt for a formal black suit and tie, as well, if it’s a more modern or younger crowd. This one button, peak lapel tuxedo from Hugo Boss is a perfect choice. The fit is modern but easy enough for most every guy. The fabric is from Reda, one of Italy’s premier mills. You will make the best-dressed guest list with this one, for years to come.
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Formal: If it’s an evening affair noting that dinner will be served, and nothing is specified for your attire, this is probably what they mean, as it’s the most common. “Black tie optional” can fall in to this category, as well, which of course, means just that – feel free to wear your tux. However, you don’t have to, and if it’s just formal, we suggest sticking with a conservative dark suit (like this one from Polo Ralph Lauren), crisp shirt and dressy (more conservative) tie. We really like the versatility of this pinstriped suit’s modern, yet classic, fit since it works on most gents. You’ll always be properly attired in this one.


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Semi-formal, Dressy, Festive: You should stick with a suit to cover all of these. These types of weddings, and this kind of dress code, are usually evening cocktails/passed hors d’oeuvres , champagne/dessert, an indoor brunch, high tea, or lunch. Festive is just a way for your hosts to let you know this isn’t going to be a stuffy affair – have a little fun. So you can play with bold tie and color a bit more here. Really, if you’re unsure, airing on the side of keeping your look subdued will still be perfectly appropriate. If it’s a day event, you can opt for even more play with color in your shirt, too. Try this Canali wool suit – known for their luxury fabrics, Italian craftsmanship and comfortable modern fit. The dapper charcoal in a two-button body will work for every occasion. And, of course, you can get plenty of use out of it for any of your important boardroom events.
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Dressy Casual, Casual: This is usually reserved for day events, often outdoors. In the fall, this can often mean a destination, too. If it’s somewhere warm, you can do a great pair of linen or cotton pants with a button-down shirt, perhaps a tie, and sport coat. If it’s somewhere where they will be playing up the autumn leaves, hope for a nice day, and opt for a similar look, but in heavier materials (wool or heavier cotton trousers) and darker colors. In either scenario, this is not the time to break out your Hawaiian shirt or football jersey, unless your hosts ask you to do so. Remember, they are still paying good money for this affair. This wool/cashmere blend twill sport coat from Brooks Brothers is a sure winner for one of these fall occasions. In the Fitzgerald model, a modern, slightly trimmer silhouette, the jacket’s rich English fabric can be dressed up with charcoal wool trousers, a white or dressier patterned shirt and tie. If the event is outdoors and truly casual, add a pair of tan or dark grey cotton twill pants and a patterned shirt - tie optional.
 

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