Wedding outfit style

What to wear to every type of wedding

You can almost guarantee that as spring begins, the wedding invitations will start coming in thick and fast. Figuring out what to wear can be overwhelming - especially when it comes to non-traditional celebrations. Whether you're heading out to the countryside or staying in the city, scroll down for our advice on how to look the part, whatever the style of the nuptials.

City wedding

When you're invited to attend a wedding in the city, you might as well face facts: you're going to have to pull out all the stops. Sharp tailoring is a must. For a more formal ceremony, the full suit, shirt and tie is a tried-and-tested option you can't go wrong with. If the bride and groom are more relaxed, tailoring paired with a more casual item like a polo shirt will bring a modern edge to your look. For women, turn to your favourite dress. It's a classic womenswear option, and requires very little styling - just add heels and an elegant leather bag.

Evening wedding

Since these type of affairs usually take place after 6pm, you'll need to dress party-appropriate. As always, tailoring should be the first port of call for men, and for those who usually find themselves on the dancefloor, a white dress shirt disguises perspiration better than other colors. Women should reach for a dress with a sharp silhouette. While weddings are normally a time for lighter color, in a night-time setting the rules of eveningwear apply. But remember this is a joyful occasion, so steer clear of black, and go for midnight blue.

Country wedding

You can guess that at a country wedding there might be a fair amount of time spent in the open air, so footwear should be stylish but outdoor-appropriate. Men should opt for fresh summer tailoring, while women are advised to go for a dress in an elegant silhouette, like the ones below. Both sexes should take along a lightweight jacket in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Beach wedding

Beach ceremonies are up there with the most difficult to dress for. Most guests struggle to find the right balance between over- and under-dressed - especially as temperature control is paramount. Lighter weight tailoring can be done - turn to BOSS Travel Line to make sure your suit looks its best after your journey - then swap out your shirt for a breathable jersey T-shirt. If the mercury is going to soar, it's perfectly acceptable to dress things down a notch with more easygoing separates. It's important to keep part of your outfit tailored, and stay with a single color to add extra polish. For women, a lightweight dress with a flowing silhouette will cover function and fashion, and a beach is a place you can go for bold color (just be sure not to upstage the bride). Footwear-wise, flats are the only option for stepping onto the sand.

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