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Weddings are official and formal occasions when everyone’s appearance is expected to be on the highest level. Finding the right outfit might be challenging for many because to dress appropriately you need to know some things connected to the wedding. One thing that is sure and never changes is that you need to dress formally when attending the wedding. The most basic formal outfit is the man’s suit. So, there is no miss when it comes to that. But, not every wedding is the same.
To make the right choice, the first and most important thing to decide is what type of wedding are you attending. According to the venue and the wedding agenda, most invitations suggest the dress code. It is written on the invitation itself and it can be black tie, black tie optional or white tie. To better understand the difference and meaning of each of the outfit suggestion, here is a short explanation that will come in handy for your next wedding.
Black tie is considered as the regular formal or semi-formal wear. This is a usual formal look for men attending important and formal events, that require a certain dress code. As a quest to a black tie wedding event, you are required to present a suitable formal look. This look consists of a formal jacket and pants, that come as a suit. The formal suit can also be a tuxedo. The cut and the tailoring of this suit are sharp and defined lines, with proper buttoning and length of the sleeves and legs. The formal suit must be paired with a dressy and elegant shirt. The white long sleeved shirt is the unique option that you can wear and don't try anything else. Since it is a black-tie look, wearing a bow tie is highly required and important. It should be color-coordinated with the suit and not to stand out from the outfit. The whole tone of the look should be formal and appropriate. The shoes should be formal and dressy. When it comes to color choices, the safest option for the suit is the black one. Paired with a crisp white dress shirt, black bow tie, and shiny black shoes, you will look extra elegant yet not too dressy in comparison to the groom. Another colors of a suit that are appropriate are the navy blue, dark brown or dark grey.
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Black Tie optional
Black tie optional means that, as a wedding guest you are required to dress not too formal, but still appropriate for the occasion. The choice of this type of wedding is left to the guest, which means that he is the one to decide how formal and elegant his look should be. The optional black tie means that you are allowed to leave out the tie or the bow tie, but still, wear a suit or at least a jacket with contrasting pants. When choosing the color of the suit, keep it to the well-known color options like black, navy blue or dark grey. The shirt should be a dressy one, unbuttoned in the collar. Go for a white or light blue shirt. The suit can be worn unbuttoned. If you are deciding to go without a tie or bow tie, add a pocket scarf that will make you look more interesting. The shoes should be formal, without an exception. Sneakers or any informal footwear is strictly forbidden.
White tie is the most formal outfit and that is rarely seen these days. The white tie suggests an extremely clean, elegant and sharp outfit that can be seen only on some royal affairs, presidential galas, university events, and similar occasions. This look is preferred when there are some diplomatic galas at the embassies or foreign state dinners. The balls or opera visits can also suggest a white tie outfit. All of these events are suggesting that the visitors should be dressed in high elegance, following strict pattern and manners. Some weddings require white tie outfit, especially if they are held between important officials. As a guest to this type of wedding, it is important to dress accordingly because you might face being returned at the door due to your improper outfit even though you have an invitation. The best and commonly suggested white tie look is the tuxedo. Men do not feel very comfortable wearing a tuxedo, but as the occasion requires it, it is a must. The tuxedo is a super elegant men's suit. Its cut, tailoring, and shape is very different than the usual and regular suit that we are used to seeing on men. Everything is different about the tuxedo suit: the lapels are more elegant and long, the buttoning is different, the length is usually longer than the regular jacket length and the pants are ironed with a sharp front line. The tuxedo suit must be worn with a proper tuxedo shirt and a bow tie. The footwear should be highly elegant so formal shiny shoes will complement the look perfectly. With black tuxedo, white shirt, and black shiny shoes you will look more than dapper and appropriate for the occasion.