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The Complete Wedding Attire Guide for Men

This week at Hatton Jewels we're helping out all the guys out there navigate the sometimes tricky task of choosing what to wear to wedding, with our one-stop guide to wear, no matter what the time of year, location, dress code or theme.

Whether you’re trying to choose wedding attire for groom or groomsmen, or you need some tips on the right men’s wedding guest attire, this guide will point you in the right direction.

Men’s Wedding Attire by Dress Code

Many couples choose a dress code for wedding attendees to set expectations, but while some codes are clear, other wedding dress code options leave a lot up to individual interpretation.

Black Tie Wedding

This is a highly formal and specific dress code, so stick to the list: black bow tie, black tuxedo, white tux shirt. Bright colours are a no-go, as are neckties, but there are several other ways you can set yourself apart. Try a tuxedo shirt with a fold-down collar for a modern look, and take the opportunity to accessorise in small ways. Add a pocket square, cufflinks, or men’s rings always look fantastic.

Optional Black Tie

The black tie in “Black Tie Optional” isn’t as optional as it sounds. Basically, this is a dress code that lets wedding guests off the hook if they can’t wear a tuxedo. In that case, a dark suit and tie would be acceptable black tie optional wedding attire for men, but wear a tux if you can. You can dress it down, though—try a black satin necktie or a black and white bow tie in a pattern. You can even mix it up with a tux in midnight blue.

Cocktail Wedding Attire

Imagine your work is business casual, but you’re going out for the evening and can’t stop home to change your outfit first. Cocktail attire is that happy medium dress code that covers both bases. Aim for a look that can wear it to the office, but one that’s simultaneously dressed up enough for a formal event. If that’s too vague, just make sure your outfit shows a little more personality than your 9 to 5 would merit.

Casual Wedding Attire Casual wedding attire for men calls for (at least) a blazer, but a suit and dress shirt will definitely cover all your bases. Your look should mesh appropriately in a relaxed atmosphere while respecting the momentous event of a wedding.

No Dress Code

Wow, so much trust here. You want to dress well, but use caution if you’re a guest—you don’t want to outshine the wedding party. Obviously a tuxedo is dangerous territory, so aim somewhere between a Casual and Cocktail dress code outfit.

If you’re interested in any types of jewellery such as wedding rings or engagement rings, just get in touch with one of our friendly members of staff who will be sure to guide you along the way. Alternatively, our boutique Hatton Garden jewellers is open Monday to Friday and appointments to see all of our diamond rings can be booked quickly and easily online.

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