What to Wear to a Wedding

Posted by Cynthia Chen on

Wedding season is upon us once again and it's time to decide what to wear. It's important to make sure that you are wearing the proper attire so you don't stand out like a sore thumb. Most wedding invitations will have their dress code listed but what do all these dress codes mean? 

White Tie

White tie is the most formal of all the dress codes. You have to wear a tuxedo with tails, a white waistcoat, a bow tie and black shoes. If you want to really complete the outfit then you can throw in gloves as well.

Black Tie

Black Tie weddings are typically in the evening (after 5:00pm). Black tie is slightly lower than White Tie in formality. You are expected to wear a tuxedo with a bow tie and black leather shoes.


Cocktail Attire is a step below Black Tie in formality. It calls for a dark suit, probably navy or charcoal and a tie. Depending on the ceremony even dark jeans could do, but if you are unsure then it is always better to stay away from the denim choice.

Smart Casual

This look is common for weddings and allows you to be flexible with your attire. For example, you could wear a basic suit with a colorful formal shirt, stylish cufflinks and a pocket square. You can also complete the look with a colorful tie and loafers.


Casual is one of the least formal dress codes for a wedding. You could wear chino trousers, dress or suit trousers with a button down shirt and shoes that match. 


Beach weddings tend to be informal. You want to be comfortable without looking like you're on vacation. A summer suit maybe required if the dress code is Beach Formal. You could also wear linen trousers with a button down shirt as well which is also a good idea if the dress code is beach casual. We recommend not wearing shorts unless it is clearly stated otherwise on the invitation.



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