The King & Allen guide to: Looking stylish at a wedding.

Dressing with style to a wedding is all about balance.

At one end of the spectrum is to look like you’ve just stepped out of an office – conservative, depressing and showing no attempt at making an effort. On the other end of the spectrum is worse – a fortnight’s fun in one: the loudest shirt, the brightest suit, the ‘craziest’ tie:

The best way to find the perfect balance is to liven up a plain or block colour suit with some interesting accessories, or wear a suit with a pattern and keep the accessories simple.

People often feel that a dark grey or dark blue suit is not ‘light’ enough for a wedding. This need not be the case because if the suit is relatively understated you can really have fun with your accessories. Experiment with a big, bellowing pocket square and a colourful tie to compliment:

 

A complimenting tie and pocket square with a black suit

A complimenting tie and pocket square with a black suit

 

If pocket squares feel too flamboyant for your style, experiment with some silver accessories instead. A collar bar is a great way of adding class to your shirt and tie, as is a tie pin. Together they can look fabulous, so long as you don’t go any further. Add a pocket square on top, for example, and the balance is ruined. You’ve tried too hard:

 

A Collar bar and matching Tie Pin with a navy blue suit

A Collar bar and matching Tie Pin with a navy blue suit

A fine pair of (real) braces and a smart woollen tie can give a suit a lovely vintage look:

Braces and a woollen tie with a navy blue suit

Braces and a woollen tie with a navy blue suit

The right bow tie turn a classic grey suit into something quite special:

A bow tie with a mid grey flannel worsted.

A bow tie with a mid grey flannel worsted.

 

A patterned shirt can work brilliantly on a block colour suit, but it’s not for the faint hearted and you can’t wear a tie. This style is for very modern weddings only:

 

A blue mohair suit with a patterned shirt and no tie.

A blue mohair suit with a patterned shirt and no tie.

 

Patterned suits, however, require little or no accessories. A plain shirt and a simple tie are all you need.

A bold patterned suit with a simple, tonal tie

A bold patterned suit with a simple, tonal tie

Try if you can to match the colour of your tie with the colour on the windowpane check:

 

A Prince of Wales check suit with matching tie

A Prince of Wales check suit with matching tie

Separates can also work well – but the colours must all compliment.

Tweed jacket, waistcoat and tie in complimentary colours

Tweed jacket, waistcoat and tie in complimentary colours

 

And finally, never, under any circumstances, should you wear jeans to a wedding!

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