THE SMART MAN'S
GUIDE TO WEDDINGS
The modern wedding comes in all shapes, sizes and settings, making today's spectrum of dress codes increasingly tricky to navigate. To steer you through this wedding season in style, we present our round-up of the suits to suit each setting, so you can focus on the important stuff - like giant confetti parties.
To steer you through this wedding season in style, we present our round-up of the suits to suit each setting
THE FASION WEDDING
The coolest couple you know are getting hitched and the guest list is a who's who of well-heeled, dedicated followers of fashion. This is not the time to be dusting off your faithful old suit; this dress code demands something more outré. The label to call on when you're out to impress the beau monde? It has to be Alessandro Michele's new-look, retro-cool Gucci. And with a jaunty style like this floral-print ensemble, you're sure to be the man everyone wants to join on the dance floor.
THE TROPICAL WEDDING
The happy couple have decided to elope and you've been invited along for the ride. The setting is tropical, the rum cocktails are flowing and Aunt Doris has been left at home. These laid-back nuptials call for a carefree styling approach and a palette to match that endless blue sky. So leave your tie at home, undo an extra button and embrace the latest by-product of the 1970s revival - a lapel-spanning, widespread collar.
THE BLACK-TIE WEDDING
The opulent wedding invitation has been hand-delivered, the location is set for a lavish Scottish castle and the dress code is black tie. How to stand out in a sea of tuxedos? This is a task for the master of eveningwear, Tom Ford. While the other guests waltz around in tired rentals, your investment in Mr Ford will be the fashion equivalent of owning a Rolls Royce - sleek lines, exquisite engineering and the guarantee you'll be the envy of every man in the room.
It's your big day - but let's be honest, you're not the star of this show. Just as every lead singer needs a supporting player to elevate their performance to greatness, your most pressing role is to amplify the beauty of your bride. As the style of her dress will be cloaked in secrecy until that magic moment she walks down the aisle, set the course for wedding bliss with a debonair three-piece suit in a classic palette.
THE 12TH WEDDING OF THE YEAR
Everyone you know is suddenly getting married and the invites are coming in thick and fast. What you need is a versatile suit that will take you from quaint country wedding to upbeat urban knees-up without missing a beat. A slim-fitting style in a neutral tone is just the ticket, lending itself to everything from a dapper bow tie to a pair of ankle-baring loafers with chameleon-like ease.