Wedding Season – What to Wear

As wedding season starts, That Dapper Chap takes a look at what you could be wearing as a guest to that friends or family members special day.

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After trudging to work, you sit down at your desk on an average Tuesday morning and there’s a pretty little envelope on your keyboard with your name neatly written in someones highly practised calligraphy. You carefully open it, all the while looking at the other desks to see who else has one, and you find that it’s an invitation to a colleagues wedding.

Wedding Good Luck Horseshoe
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As you brush the glitter and horseshoe shaped confetti from your trousers which has fallen out of the elaborately decorated invitation, one thought springs to mind, “What on earth am I going to wear?!”

Fear not intrepid and stylish guest (or plus one) That Dapper Chap is here to help!

The Suit

If there’s one occasion that you can really make an effort for it’s a friends wedding. As such a suit is a good option, it saves you from that ‘will these trousers go with that blazer’ moment as it’s there for you, all done and matching. stress over!

If you’re in shape, always go for a slim or skinny fit as it’ll look much more sleek and modern, and as it’s a wedding it’s a great opportunity to wear a colour that you may not usually opt for.

A pale blue suit will look great, add a simply patterned shirt and a bow tie and you’re all set. This suit below is available HERE from Moss. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend wearing chucks with yours but a navy tassel loafer would look great.

Pale blue suit by Moss £238

A three piece is a good choice for those ‘in between’ weather days when you may need an additional layer. The plain white shirt keeps it classic and the pale pink patterned tie keeps is wedding appropriate. Don’t forget the accessories either, tie pin and pocket squares are a must for any dapper wedding guest. This suit is available from Burton Menswear, find it HERE

2 piece skinny pastel blue suit by Burton Menswear £119

Bright blue suits are still very on trend and I like the white buttons on this particular one from Moss. The tan shoes and belt add interest with the plain shirt and tie. Get yours HERE

Moss London 3 piece suit £249

If you’re not a fan of bright colours Paul Smith offers an alternative with this classic and simple dark green suit. A change from navy and as it’s a wedding, please avoid black. You could lift this suit with a brightly patterned bow tie and pocket square. Check it out HERE

Dark green 2 piece by Paul Smith £790

If you’re not afraid of colour and ‘real men wear pink’ right? then check this suit out from Next. Also available in mint green, it’s a beautiful 2 piece. If the wedding is on a beach in a hot country, you need to check this suit out as it also comes with shorts as an alternative to trousers! take a look HERE

Pink suit by Next £110
The suit shorts, for beach weddings in hot countries

Me wearing the mnt coloured suit from Next


If you’re not a suit kinda guy, separates are a good alternative. You can go a bit more funky with a patterned or checked blazer and some smart trousers. It depends of course how formal the wedding is, but if the occasion allows why not try something a little different?

A light, checked blazer is a good choice and this one from Antony Morato is just the ticket. Wear with a white shirt and a navy knitted tie and navy trousers and your look is complete. Wear white chinos if you’re not afraid of red wine or grass stains! Available HERE from ASOS.

The Antony Morato checked blazer £140

Want something a little different? Then check out this beauty from Paul Smith. In blue jungle print it’s an alternative to a plain blazer. Team with a white or pale blue shirt, a plain tie and dark shoes and trousers for a classy but more unusual look. Find the blazer HERE

The Paul Smith jungle print blazer £359

I personally wouldn’t wear red to a wedding but with more and more vintage and heritage style weddings it’s more appropriate than it would be at a ‘regular’ wedding. I love this matching blazer and waistcoat from ASOS. I’d of course wear a bow tie with this look for that real heritage feel. Find this combo HERE

Seeing red from ASOS, Blazer £100

For warmer days this cotton seersucker blazer by Ralph Lauren will work well. In cool cotton and only lined at the sleeves for ease of wear, you can adopt a more preppy look. White chinos will work well as would a dark navy trouser. get yours HERE 

The Ralph Lauren sports coat £345

The Shoes

Unless it’s a vintage wedding where guests are encouraged to wear boots or converse trainers, footwear should be formal. A classic brogue is a great choice as is a loafer. Both can be worn with or without socks.

I’m in love with these high shine burgundy tassel loafers from Next. Perfect with a blue suit, wear them with or without socks. Find them HERE

Burgundy tassel loafers from Next £75

Suede shoes are a good choice for a wedding as they are a bit dressier and the texture is a little more luxurious. These Barker Grant suede brogues are a stunning example of a good suede shoe. Buy them HERE

The navy suede Barker Grant brogues £200

A classic brown leather brogue won’t ever let you down. These are from the ‘Italia’ range from Next. Again, wear them with or without socks and maybe a slightly cropped trousers to show them off really well. Find them HERE

The Next brown leather brogue £75

If you like the idea of suede, take a look at these great loafers by Reiss, I need these in my life and I don’t even have a wedding to go to! For a closer look click HERE

A classic tassle loafer from Reiss available at John Lewis £159

A two tone brogue looks the part too and these navy suede and tan leather brogues from Goodwin Smith will go really well with that suit. Find them HERE


As gentlemen we now have a plethora of accessories available to us allowing us to show some personality and add individuality to our look. 

Bow ties are great at weddings if you’re happy to go for something different to the regular tie. 

I would suggest that if you’re wearing a patterned blazer to keep the tie plain and visa versa. 

There’s something to be said for wearing a contrasting tie and pocket square but Next are currently offering matching ties and pocket squares for those who don’t have the time or inclination to search for items that go well together. Find this set HERE

The matching pink silk tie and pocket Square from Next £14

As it’s a wedding why not break out some floral? Dancys of London offer a superb range of floral ties and bow ties. This one is one of my favorites from their range. Find it HERE

The Eugene floral tie from Dancys of London £30

I love paisley and if it is one of the less traditional or vintage style weddings that you’re attending, a bit of paisley won’t go amiss. This red and blue example from Stitches of Style can be bought HERE

The Stitches of Style red and blue paisley tie $30

Why not wear some bright green with your blue suit for some real contrast. This self tie is from Monsieur London and is a great classic piece. For this tie and many others, click HERE

The Como green silk bow tie from Monsieur London £42

You’ll of course need a good pocket square to pass to a lady friend during those emotional vows, maybe you’ll need it yourself, but either way make sure it’s a good one! I love this patterned example from Monsieur London. See this one and others HERE

The Cora petrol blue pocket square £38

So, now you hopefully feel a bit more relaxed about your choices, so go to the stationers, buy that RSVP card and send it off in the knowledge that you’re going to arrive at the wedding looking sharp and dapper. Don’t forget to post a picture to Instagram and tag that_dapper_Chap and #thatdapperchap.



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