Style guide: Autumn wedding guest - The Inside Pocket

Their big day, your chance to up your game.

WHAT TO WEAR TO AN AUTUMN WEDDING

THEIR BIG DAY, YOUR CHANCE TO UP YOUR GAME
• WORDS: L. HOLMES

It’s an inescapable fact that what you wear as a guest to somebody else’s big day is a big deal; you don’t want to be the sartorially challenged guy in an ill-judged outfit ruining the wedding photos. So, even if you have only one set of nuptials to attend this autumn, planning what you’re going to wear has the potential to snowball into one almighty headache. And all this before you’ve even hit the free bar.

But this important shopping decision doesn’t have to be fraught, because unless the dress code is black-tie or so lo-fi as to be non-existent, then the simplest solution is to invest in a new suit. All we ask is that this particular purchase is less about function – this isn’t a routine day at the office – and more about style.

ADD TEXTURE

With that in mind, think outside the box when it comes to your wedding guest attire. If plain navy is your default setting then use the opportunity to do something different. Take a look at our grey herringbone suit: its textured weave is way more interesting than your workweek standard. Team it with a pale coloured shirt and add that extra bit of pizazz with a tonal floral tie. And its major plus point is you can easily wear this again at other less romantic occasions.

EMBRACE COLOUR

Our tailoring this season also comes in muted tones like khaki and malbec, proof it is needed that you can wear head-to-toe colour without scaring the horses. Finish with a contrasting tie or one of our printed shirts. Be mindful, though, that suits in white or cream should be avoided at all costs; you don’t want to be in the awkward position of inadvertently upstaging the bride.

MIX IT

Even if you’re not in the market for a whole suit then one of our jackets worn as a separate, mismatching it with a pair of trousers of a different hue, is a great alternative for a semi-formal wedding. But one thing you just never ever do is switch those trousers for a pair of shorts. Whether we’re due an Indian summer or not, shorts are only ever de rigueur if the ceremony is taking place on a beach in Bermuda.

Lastly, keep footwear simple with a classic loafer – it’s more relaxed than a lace-up shoe but will stand up to the scrutiny of any discerning guests, while also giving you a firm footing once you hit the dance floor (well, dad-dancing aside).