If your fridge looks anything like ours does right now, there’s at least one ivory rectangle stuck to it requesting (in carefully-chosen calligraphy) the pleasure of your company at the wedding of your former sorority sister to a guy that she met on Bumble. And on another smaller ivory rectangle it specifies a dress code. Only, there’s nothing specific about it (looking at you, “dressy casual”). You’ve read our guide to exactly what it all means for you – but what about your date? Should he wear a tuxedo or a dark suit? And what about the “festive attire” rehearsal dinner? From black tie to beach chic, here’s some easy advice on what outfit options guys have these days, courtesy of Frank Muytjens, head of men’s design at J.Crew.
IF THE DRESS CODE IS BLACK TIE…
He should wear: A tuxedo (can be peak lapel or shawl collar) with a bow tie or a slim, dark tie.
Frank’s styling tip: Go all out by adding a textured tuxedo shirt, like Andrew Rannells (below, left), plus studs, cufflinks and patent leather shoes. Another cool idea: Take a page from Riz Ahmed at the Oscars (below, right in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture) and rock a navy tuxedo.
IF THE DRESS CODE IS BLACK TIE OPTIONAL OR FORMAL…
He should wear: A tuxedo or a formal suit with a bow tie or an evening-appropriate tie.
Frank’s styling tip: Go for a dress shirt with a spread collar and French cuffs, plus a chic tie and pocket square combo like Neil Patrick Harris (below, left) and Mahershala Ali (below, right).
IF THE DRESS CODE IS SEMI-FORMAL, DRESSY CASUAL OR ANYTHING THAT ENDS IN “CHIC”…
He should wear: A navy or charcoal gray suit with a crisp white shirt and a tie.
Frank’s styling tip: Do a printed tie and pocket square (like David Oyelowo in Dolce&Gabbana, below left) or a tie in the same color family as the suit (like Charlie Hunnam, below right) and add some personal flair with a cool pair of socks.
IF THE DRESS CODE IS CASUAL…
He should wear: A khaki, linen or seersucker suit or lightweight pants with a sports jacket like Matt Bomer in Giorgio Armani (below, right). Check out J. Crew’s popular Unstructured Ludlow blazer, $168, which comes in several summer-friendly hues.
Frank’s styling tip: Swap a standard white button-down for a gingham one or a fine-knit polo. And it’s totally acceptable to wear (clean) white sneakers with a suit like Armie Hammer (below, left) to a casual rehearsal dinner or beach wedding. But flip-flops? No. Never.
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