What colour suit should one wear to a wedding?

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Introduction
  • Introduction

    What colour suit should one wear to a wedding?

    A suit is appropriate men’s attire for most weddings. You might not want to look like all of the other guests at a wedding. If you go with a daring colour choice for a suit, it can seem outdated or too loud. Picking the colour of a suit you wear to a wedding is specific to the event you are attending.

    A range of different suits are appropriate to weddings. (Getty creative)

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    Function

    The colour of your suit allows you to express your personality. You might want to be unique without taking attention away from the bride and groom. If you are a groomsman, the bride will let you know what colour suit you should wear to match the rest of the wedding party.

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    Identification

    Look at the invitation to decipher what colour suit you should wear to the wedding. The invitation sets the tone for the entire wedding. It's a preview of things to come. If it's a classic invitation, then wear a black or dark charcoal suit. Experiment with a beige suit or a simple sports coat if the wedding takes place in the day and the invitation appears casual or beach-themed. You can also choose your suit colour by looking at the season and time of day of the wedding. Summer weddings call for lighter fabrics and lighter colours during the day. Consider any event that starts after 6 p.m. to be an evening wedding. Evening weddings usually call for darker colours and more formal attire.

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    Considerations

    Knowing the terminology of men's formal wear will help you decide what colour suit to wear to a wedding. If you are informed that you are going to a black-tie affair, that means you should wear black tie, without exception. The wedding planner and bride probably envision this being an elegant soirée. Stick with a traditional black dinner jacket, white shirt and black bow tie. If the wedding is black-tie optional, you can wear a different colour suit besides black. Stick with classic dark colours to avoid standing out.

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    Misconceptions

    Women wedding guests are often warned against wearing white. The bride might even take offence to this gesture. Translate that same advice into your wardrobe choice. Avoid white suits or you might be mistaken for the groom. Suits don’t have to be boring. Even if you wear a suit in a traditional colours, such as black or navy blue, you can still spice it up. Look for a tie that has your favourite colours in it.

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    Solution

    If you still don't know what colour to wear to a wedding, go with black. Black suits have been popular through the decades. If you wear a black suit, you probably won’t cringe when you look at the pictures in a few decades. This is a classic colour for suits, and you may already have one hanging in your closet. This saves you money if you have a lot of formal events to attend.

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