Once you reach an age where weddings become a regular fixture in your calendar, you’ll often find yourself easing into the plethora of dress codes hurled at you by your mates. The traditional church wedding – your go-to suit. The casual country wedding – fetch your finest tweed, elbow patches preferable. It’s all smooth sailing until suddenly, one of your closest gents throws you a curveball. Read: destination beach wedding. Ah, ma, mi scusi!? That’s Italian by the way – take note.
Whether the wedding party will be jetting off somewhere exotic like Bali or Mexico, or staying closer to home on some of Australia’s finest shores, we’ve gotta break it to you – dress codes still apply. While at first glance of the word ‘beach’, your mind might start mentally sorting through your chino shorts collection that populates your Insta feed, you’re still obligated to stick to the dress code. The invitation is your clue here. If you can’t find it, you might try looking on your girlfriend’s Pinterest-inspired ‘vision board’. She’s likely stashing style guidance for the future – just warning you.
They’re becoming less and less common, but the traditional black tie wedding attire does still exist *sighs*. Sadly, gents, if that’s what the bride wants, it’s what the bride wants. Rule number one of weddings – don’t argue! If the Black Tie Plague strikes, there’s not a whole lot you can do beyond finding a quality deodorant and begging to the Bureau of Meteorology for a temperature below 32 degrees. Throw on your tuxedo and embrace the timeless, monochromatic style, and pop in a white pocket square too. It’ll double up as a brow mopping tool when the afternoon sun bores down.
If you’ve struck lucky, your loved-up pals will have spared you the stuffy black tie and brought the smart casual dress code into play. Traditionally the subject of sartorial nightmares, the ambiguity of the smart casual dress code is somewhat skewed in your favour here. It’s a wedding: always err on the side of formal, even in a casual environment. As long as you’re not upstaging the groom or best men, you’re fairly safe.
Once you’ve got the green light on more relaxed attire, consider the location in your outfit selection. Here’s where you’ll need the invitation again. Some popular wedding locations lend themselves to a specific style of dress – destination weddings in particular.
Think French Riviera. The culture of such a locale gives you a benchmark to work with. A debonair aesthetic drawn from European elegance, drenched in year-round sunshine, there’s no better spot to showcase your tailored separates. Choose light colours and fabrics, both for visual texture and temperature control. A light chino or slack paired with a tailored linen blazer and finished off with a boat shoe will have you blending in with the yacht-loving locals.
Head to Cali, however, and you’ll be opting for your linen suiting, channelling LA-elite vibes laced with San Fran indie-cool. Think stone or pale blue linen, dark contrasting sunglasses and that sockless style that comes only with hipster intent.
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