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What Color Suit to Wear to a Wedding?

Receiving an invitation to a friend or family member’s wedding is always exciting as you look forward to celebrating this important moment in their lives. After the initial excitement wears off, however, you’re likely left wondering what exactly to wear? While you may have a basic go-to suit hiding in your closet somewhere, it’s important to consider suit options that represent the significance of the day and fit the level of formality of the wedding. From black tie weddings to casual weddings, deciding on the color of suit to wear can be tricky. Using the following tips, you’re sure to shine as a wedding guest without stealing the spotlight from the bride and groom.


Casual Wedding Suits


Finding out the wedding you’ll be attending is casual usually brings a sigh of relief as you won’t have to track down a cummerbund and bowtie. But don’t let the more relaxed environment fool you, you should still aim to look your best. Fortunately, a casual dress code gives you a lot of freedom in terms of color. A classic grey suit is always a safe yet sleek option for a casual wedding, and can be customized with the right accessories depending on the right season. Additionally, consider a simple navy suit paired with a crisp white button down. Another great option for a casual wedding is simply a pair of khakis paired with a polo or printed shirt. Forgoing a blazer at a casual wedding is acceptable, but be sure your shirt and khakis are perfectly fitted to your body.


Semi-Formal Wedding Attire


Semi-formal, or cocktail, dress codes still allow for more freedom in attire than black tie or formal weddings, but expect a bit more polish than a casual dress codes. A semi-formal wedding is the perfect occasion to explore more modern fits and trends in a relaxed environment. When it comes to color, in most cases wedding cocktail attire calls for a charcoal or navy suit, especially for late afternoon and evening weddings. Pair a charcoal or navy suit with a solid white button down shirt, tie or bowtie, and simple black leather shoes. While most cocktail dress codes call for darker colors, there are a few exceptions. The main exception being where the wedding is taking place. Heading to a destination wedding on the beach? Feel free to try out a brighter hue such as tan. 


Formal Wedding Attire


Moving our way up in levels of formality, we reach the formal wedding. At this point, wedding guests are typically expected the reign in the prints and colors for a more classic and understated look. The most appropriate suit colors for a formal wedding include charcoal grey, black, and midnight blue. A good rule of thumb, a dark suit is always the safest choice. If you’re looking to add a bit of personality to your formal suit, consider your accessories. A patterned pocket square, unique cufflinks, or patterned shirt can instantly add a pop of personal style.


Black-Tie Wedding Attire


As you likely know, black tie attire is the most formal dress code, with little room for interpretation when it comes to what to wear. You’ll be expected to come dressed to the nines in a full tuxedo and bowtie, and can add accessories such as a cummerbund, lapel pin, or pocket square. In terms of color, you should only wear a black or midnight blue tuxedo. While you may come across white or ivory tuxedo jackets in your search, it’s important to avoid feature looks like these as a wedding guest.


Wedding Suits from Savvi Formalwear


Shopping for your next wedding suit or tuxedo is made easy with Savvi Formalwear. With an unmatched selection of designer fashions and styles, we make looking your best at an affordable price a quick and simple process. Our suit and tux rentals include a wide range of colors, patterns, and fabrics, so you’re sure to find just the right option to show your own personal style. Plus, we’ve got a great collection of accessories to complete your look. Shop our suits and tuxedos today to find formalwear attire for casual events through black tie affairs.