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The AW wedding guest style guide – Summer 2017

It’s well and truly wedding season. For those of you attending the nuptials of your nearest and dearest, it’s time to up your style game. The outfit you choose says a lot about your relationship with the happy couple and shows respect for the importance of the occasion. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to trot out your standard black suit and plain tie. Summer weddings are a great chance to play with colour and show your personality (sensibly, of course!).

Dress codes

The most obvious place to start when planning your outfit is to check the invitation. Here’s a quick run-down of the main contenders:

Black tie: This is self-explanatory. Take your tux to the dry cleaners.

Smart: This means suits and ties.

Evening wedding: Assume this means a lounge suit.

Tails: You’ll need full morning dress. It is very rare for other guests to have to dress the same style as the groom and groomsmen, but it does occasionally happen.

Casual: Shirt and blazer or relaxed suit. (No jeans, gentlemen.)

If the wedding is in a particularly hot climate, or on the beach, you may be able to forgo the jacket and tie. A quick word to the bride or groom will confirm this.


Rule number one: never upstage the wedding party. You are often able to determine their colour palette from the colours used on the invitation – I advise steering well clear of these so you don’t end up looking like a an accidental groomsman.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a suit that screams “Yes I have taste and I love a good chance to dress up.”

You can never go wrong with blue. It looks fresh and allows you to make a statement with accessories. I love pairing a blue suit with a fuchsia tie and contrast pocket square.

Lighter colours are particularly good for laid-back country weddings where a dark or black suit would be far too heavy. Be careful though to avoid white or cream and stick to stones and greys.

Pulling it together

A beautifully cut suit in a lightweight fabric is key. Linen will always look crumpled, however, at Alexandra Wood, we have some great fabrics which reflect the nature, colour and appeal of linen, but are sophisticated alternatives that don’t crease.

I highly suggest trying on your shirt beforehand to ensure it fits correctly with no stretching and pulling, or extra billowing fabric. If in doubt, go with a classic white shirt: weddings are a great excuse to buy a new one.













Waistcoats are perfect all year round. They add that special something to any suit and elevate your look above standard wedding guest attire. Don’t feel that the fabric has to be the same as your suit, keeping it in the same tonal palette is enough. Take a look at my Pinterest and Instagram boards for some inspiration.

Once the basics are covered, pay attention to your accessories. Aside from the requisite tie, pocket squares add personality without going overboard. (By overboard I mean garish socks!)

If the wedding or any part of the day is outdoors, take a nice pair of sunglasses. Think classic Ray Bans or Aviators, and leave the wraparound shades for the beach or golf course.

Lastly, your shoes shouldn’t be an afterthought – the wrong, or poorly cared for, shoes will let your entire outfit down. For guests, brogues in dark brown or classic black Oxfords that have been cleaned and polished are your go-to choices. But check the sole: if you are outside on grass or plan on dancing the night away on a varnished dance floor, they can be slippery and you may require a little more grip.

Most of all, whatever you wear should be comfortable and make you feel confident. Weddings are always long days so make sure you have on an outfit that you don’t need to think about or adjust, just enjoy wearing it.

If you’d like us to design and create your wedding attire please contact us