The Marc Darcy Guide To Men's Wedding Guest Style

We are well and truly in the midst of the wedding season and whilst the invites are stacking the wardrobe may be lacking, but don't worry, we got you! 

Although you may be required to adhere to the couple's dress code, it will more than likely involve a trusty whistle and flute so it's just down to choosing one to match the theme and which won't upstage the groom! 

Here, we have explored how to dress as a wedding guest, what to wear if there is perhaps a wedding theme, and everything a wedding guest needs to know in between! 

How to Dress for a Wedding

When it comes to men’s wedding style, there are some key rules to follow. First, choose wisely and opt for styles that are stylish but not too over the top! The last thing you want to do is upstage the groom. 

Opting for subtle but stylish options is a must. Secondly and possibly just as important as the first rule is to follow the dress code. Most weddings will have a dress code to follow, ensure you take note of this and work it into your outfit choices.

Your outfit speaks volumes about your style and sophistication. Let's delve into the world of men's wedding guest attire, focusing on two-piece suits, blazers, chinos, and shirts to help you ace your fashion game with confidence and flair.

Two Piece Suits

Two-piece suits are the epitome of classic occasion tailoring and are the perfect choice for weddings all year round. Choose to opt for a two piece suit in a versatile colour such as navy, tan, green or grey. 

Ensure a proper fit to exude confidence, if your body shape is a little different from the norm size up and have your suit professionally tailored. Spending a little extra on tailoring will elevate your look and ensure the fit is perfect. 

Finally, pair it with a crisp dress shirt and leather loafer shoes for a spring-ready occasion look. 

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Stylish Blazers

Blazers are quite possibly one of the most versatile fail-safe options a man can own. From work to weddings, a blazer will ensure you look smart and sophisticated. 

And, more wallet-friendly than the previously mentioned two-piece suits, try choosing a blazer in a bold print or colour to add a point of interest to your outfit. The main rule of thumb is to choose one statement piece. If you opt for a bold blazer, make sure your top and trousers are more subtle in their design.

Blazers are perfect for styling with chinos or dress trousers for a smart casual look. Complete the casual look with a simple shirt or button-up polo shirt. 


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Comfortable Chinos

Chinos are a versatile alternative to dress trousers, offering comfort and style, ideal for creating a laid-back yet polished look. When choosing chinos, it’s important to remember to opt for chinos in neutral tones such as beige, grey, navy, or khaki. 

These colour families will style easily with most items and will ensure you get your money's worth out of your wardrobe. Pair your chinos with a tailored shirt and a stylish blazer for a well-coordinated ensemble that strikes the perfect balance between comfort and style.


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Sharp Dress Shirts

A smart shirt is an essential component of any occasion ensemble. Opt for shirts in high quality fabrics such as linen or cotton, these will ensure you stay comfortable plus will last longer through the wash cycle than the cheaper fabric alternatives. 

A simple shirt in white, sky or pink will style nicely with most styles. If you are opting for a plain suit or blazer then a stripe or patterned shirt will pair nicely with these styles. Whether you opt for a classic white shirt or a bold patterned design, ensure that your shirt fits well and complements the rest of your attire.

By building a capsule collection of two piece suits, blazers, chinos and smart shirts you’ll be creating a myriad of easily accessible styles that are perfect for mixing and matching to create the perfect occasion look.

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Dressing for a Black Tie Wedding

You may find yourself with the classic black tie dress code which will be a blessing as it's an easy one to master. If this is the dress code you've been given you will most likely be attending an evening reception which allows you to push the boundaries a little with your attire. 

Instead of instantly grabbing your standard plain Black Suit or Tuxedo, opt for a dinner jacket with a little more detail. Pair this with a suave bow tie and white shirt and you'll be sure to make an entrance!

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Dressing for a Summer Wedding

The majority of couples choose to tie the knot in the summer months, and for good reason… This kind of wedding calls for a summery dress code. Think pastel shades, balanced checks and lighter fabrics. 

If you've got a destination wedding in the diary (on the rise of late!), this dress code may also be requested. It's always useful to have a lighter-coloured suit in your wardrobe, as it will match up to most of your formal summer events. 


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Dressing for a Country Wedding

Becoming increasingly popular is the country barn wedding. This dress code has Tweed Suit written all over it, something we can most certainly help with. You'll need neutral earthy colours and bold checks on your radar for this one which will fit into the rural countryside setting perfectly. 

Max out the vintage vibes by adding on a pocket watch, grandad collar shirt and coordinating bow tie. If a complete herringbone tweed check is tipping the scales for you, break it up with a plain waistcoat in a block colour to match the check. 

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Shop The Best Wedding Guest Attire With Marc Darcy

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