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If you're stressed out about style, we've got you covered with our handy guide – whether you’re a guest or the groom, from formal to casual. We have explained the most common wedding dress codes, so that you arrive appropriately (and stylishly) dressed for the occasion.


Black Tie

Also referred to as Evening Dress, Black Tie is the most popular formal event dress code and calls for a dinner suit or tuxedo with contrast silk lapels, a dinner shirt with French cuffs, and a tie (preferably a bow tie). You cannot simply wear a black business suit.

Dinner Suit collars require some consideration. Always choose a peak lapel or shawl collar - but never a notch lapel. A shawl collar dinner suit should only be worn with a wing collar shirt, while the peak lapel can be worn with either collar styled shirts.

Dinner trousers feature braiding down the leg and are designed without belt loops. They should be worn with a cummerbund or braces, never a belt.

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The traditional way to curate a look for a formal event is with a Suit, collared Shirt and Tie. A classic Suit in navy, grey or black paired a crisp white shirt is always a safe choice for formal attire—but that doesn’t mean you can’t show some personality with some color. Complete your formal look with Oxford or Double Monk shoes, a formal Belt and a complementary pocket square.

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There are less rules with a cocktail dress code, giving you the ability to inject a little more personality and creativity into your outfit. Match a blazer with complementary trousers or stick with a two piece suit. You can opt for a comfortable loafer over a more formal footwear style, even ditch the tie for a more laid back look.

As long as you look dapper, with sartorial detail, you meet the cocktail brief.

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Smart Casual

The smart casual dress code means letting go of the conventional while maintaining an effortlessly polished look.

A smart casual setting allows you to substitute a shirt for a popover, knitwear or even a t-shirt worn under a blazer. Play around with tailored garments in more relaxed styles and fabrics such as linens and cottons. Footwear can go as casual as loafers, boat shoes or driving shoes, but not as far as sneakers.

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Tropical & Beach

Tropical or destination weddings call for a dress code that takes the environment and climate into consideration, while still calls for formality suitable for a wedding.

Beach formal attire can have varying interpretations, but it’s largely expected that guests will wear lightweight fabrics like linen or cotton in lighter coastal shades.

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