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There are certain occasions where men are required to dress in a certain way. Weddings are one of them. Given that wedding attire for men changes depending on the location and time of the day, a lot of men are having a hard time choosing the perfect outfit when attending a wedding.

Received a wedding invite and not sure what to wear? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  In today’s post, we’ll help you pick the perfect wedding attire for men. Whether it’s a casual, beach, semi-formal or black tie wedding, we’ve got the right outfits for you. Follow these tips and we can guarantee that you’ll look great and stand out no matter the dress code.

Casual wedding

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For most people, the word casual usually means anything goes. Just because the couple is giving you the freedom to wear whatever you want, that doesn’t mean you can wear shorts, jeans, shirt and flip flops. These pieces of clothing are definitely not appropriate for a wedding, unless they’re specifically noted as acceptable. Show respect for the occasion with your outfit. You wouldn’t want to show up at the wedding looking like you just finished running some errands.

Since this is a special occasion, you still want to look put-together. Your best bet is to wear separates to the wedding. Think button down shirt and a casual coat, and then pair it with chinos. If you want to keep it very casual, you can just pull on a t-shirt, a casual coat and pants. Wear dark colors for an evening wedding and lighter colors for a daytime wedding. For your shoes, loafers would be a suitable choice. Since this is a casual wedding, no need to wear a tie. The more minimal the outfit is, the more puled together you’ll look.

Summer or beach wedding

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When shopping for something to wear to a beach wedding, always consider the elements like water, wind, sand and sun. Considering how high the temperatures can go during the hot, sultry days of summer, summer weddings often demand a more casual dress code.

If you have no idea what to wear, opt for something you would wear to a nice restaurant on a hot, summer day. Choose materials that can prevent your body from getting as overheated. In this case, opt for breathable materials like lightweight cotton and linen. Since this is an outdoor wedding, you have the freedom to roll up your sleeves and ditch the tie. Some of you might be tempted to wear flip flops, but please resist the urge to do so. For your footwear, wear leather sandals instead.

Semi-formal wedding

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Semi-formal lies somewhere in between formal and informal. It may be one of the most confusing dress codes you may encounter. As such, choosing the perfect wedding attire for men can be quite a challenge.

For a semi-formal wedding, you may want to wear a nice suit. It is relaxed enough, so you won’t be overdressed, but it’s formal enough to meet the requirement of the event. Night weddings call for a more formal dress code. In this case, you should wear a dark suit, a dress shirt and leather shoes. You can also wear a tie and cufflinks.

For day events, it is best to keep things relatively laid back. For an effortless look, incorporate well-fitted cotton blazers and more textured shirts. Make sure that the suit fits your body perfectly. To amplify your look, go for suedes, oxfords, brogues or loafers.

Black tie wedding

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Black tie remains the gold standard for formal attire. If the invitation says black tie, then the event calls for a dark suit or a tuxedo. The couple is providing an elegant affair and is expecting you to dress the part.

Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime occasions. But if the occasion calls for a tuxedo and you don’t have one, then consider buying a tuxedo for yourself. A well-tailored tuxedo can be worn several times and will never go out of style. It can even last for over a decade.

Go for a slim fit suit with clean lines. All components should skim your frame appropriately. It should be tailored to perfection. Also, find a shirt that fits you perfectly. Opt for a white shirt to brighten up the outfit a bit. Go for some cufflinks and a classic timepiece. But don’t over accessorize. You want to look great and stylish, but you wouldn’t want to outshine the groom.

Final thoughts

Choosing wedding attire for men doesn’t have to be a daunting task. The key is to use the time of the year, the location of the wedding, as well as the wording on the invitation as a guide to help you narrow down your choices. Paying attention to these details will give you an idea about what you should wear.

Weddings aren’t cheap. Plus, the couple have exerted a lot of time, money and effort in order to pull of the wedding of their dreams. So if you happen to receive a wedding invitation, make sure that you dress up appropriately. Try to put in some effort too. You want to be comfortable, but not under-dressed.