What did You Wear on Your Last Wedding?


me in a brown suit and a blue shirt

Well, I just drove back home from another wedding. It was really exciting to attend a 5-star wedding at a 5-star hotel, while the groom is a 5-star friend of mine. I had to look sharp – and I did.

I’ll save the pictures for last but, for now,I’ll just tell you what I wore. I leave it to you to put together in your head my entire outfit – just to practice. Here goes:

– dark-brown pinstripe suit
– light-blue simple dress shirt
– dark brown shoes and socks
– blue tie with brown stripes
– patterned pocket square

Since I was the man of honor, I arrived early at the goom’s house, after a 2-hour drive, and as I walked to the gate, he warmly shook my hand and said:

George, you look sharp, my friend.

And here’s the kicker: the camera was right next to us, shooting every word of the conversation!

Normally you don’t want to be dressed better than the groom… but I was.. oops!

(Hey, I’m the “style transformer”, right? BTW: I have an entire chapter dedicated to suits in my Be Stylish ™ package.)

Aaaand, this is me:

me in a brown suit and a blue shirt

(Caveat: the tie node was a little off in this picture. It’s a good thing when you have a style-savvy friend next to you to tell you about these things.)

Here’s a few tips about dressing for a wedding.

#1 Dress formally!

I can’t stress this enough. Weddings are formal events, this means you should always be wearing a suit. Forget chino pants, forget even dress pants paired with sports jackets. Sports jackets and blazers are for casual situations.

Also, do NOT mix the pants from one suit with the suit jacket of another suit. 2-piece and 3-piece suits are meant to be worn together and.

#2 Forget loafers

brown lace-up shoes

This advice should have been included in the first piece of advice, but it’s better that we discuss it separately. Loafers are casual, lace-ups are formal. Always go for shoes with laces when you attend a wedding, otherwise you’ll show great disrespect to the bride and the groom.

#3 Get the right suit color

Did you notice how I have a slightly darker skin complexion and dark hair? This is why I chose a dark suit, then paired it with a light-colored shirt. had I had lighter skin, I would have done the reverse: lighter-colored suit and a darker shirt.

#4 Wear your pocket square.

Shocking observation: though there were over 200 guests at my friend’s wedding, not one of them was wearing a pocket square! These guys don’t know what they’re missing out on.

Question: what did you wear on your last wedding?





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7 Comments

  1. Muhammad Saad
    July 31, 2011

    You’re looking stylish.. Nice attire!

  2. George
    August 1, 2011

    Thanks, Muhammad, I’m glad I finally got some decent pictures of myself to show you guys.

  3. Thomas B.
    August 9, 2011

    I totally agree with you on the pocket square. A suit is incomplete without one. Some people think, that a pocket squre is “too dressed up”. But come on, how can you be too dressed up at a wedding?

    At my last wedding I was wearing

    a navy-blue suit (slim-fit off course)
    white dress shirt with french cufss and silver cufflinks
    white pocket square (flat pocket square fold)
    a black bow-tie
    black belt
    black lace-up shoes
    Black Ray-Ban wayfarers (it was an outside wedding)

  4. August 9, 2011

    At the last wedding I attended I wore:

    Navy Blue Sport Coat
    Grey slacks
    White Shirt
    Purple silk tie
    Black dress shoes
    and underwear, of course!

  5. George
    August 17, 2011

    What about pants? When you’re wearing a sports coat, the color of the pant and the color of the sport coat should be different. That is to say, they can be the same color but the luminosities should be different.

  6. George
    August 17, 2011

    Thomas B. :

    I totally agree with you on the pocket square. A suit is incomplete without one. Some people think, that a pocket squre is “too dressed up”. But come on, how can you be too dressed up at a wedding?

    At my last wedding I was wearing

    a navy-blue suit (slim-fit off course)
    white dress shirt with french cufss and silver cufflinks
    white pocket square (flat pocket square fold)
    a black bow-tie
    black belt
    black lace-up shoes
    Black Ray-Ban wayfarers (it was an outside wedding)

    Amazing outfit, Thomas. Agreed, you can’t be too dressed up for a wedding.

  7. Saswata
    June 17, 2013

    Hey George. I have a wedding to attend on 30th June. In our culture a wedding is held for two days. Can you please give some tips on what I shall wear for these two days? I am short with an average build. It is monsoon in India with temperatures soaring to 35 degrees Celsius and around 80-90% humidity, which is my main concern regarding choosing an attire.

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