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The Fashion Conscious Gentleman’s Guide to Dressing for a Wedding

Irrespective of whether it’s a family wedding, a friend’s or even an office colleague’s wedding, you need to make sure that you are dressed in such a way that will leave the best impact without creating such a sensation that the bride or the groom is upstaged. How you dress up also depends on the dress code specified by the hosts that indicates the extent of formalness expected to be adhered to at the function. Some tips on dressing right for the big day:

Black Tie Weddings

As far as sophistication and class go there’s really nothing to beat a tuxedo at a formal black tie wedding. Even with the general softening of wedding dress codes in modern times, the black tie remains a standard in formal attire especially when paired with a tuxedo. Usually, the medium weight wool jacket will be black, though you may prefer blue with a lapel of satin that will subtly contrast with the matte finish of the jacket. You may also experiment with bolder colors, however, the trouser will invariably still be only black with a grosgrain stripe on out-seams of the legs to match the jacket lapel. The trouser sits high on the waist and has no loops for a belt.

You can opt for a clean look by keeping the shirt front plain, but for a fancy look, you can choose pleats or a textured touch that comes with the classic Marcella cloth. It is better to sport a turn-down collar while the buttons can either be concealed or on show. Go with a classic black dress shoe with laces with any embellishments or design elements that stand out. Opt for a bow tie with the same finish as that of the jacket lapel. If you are wearing a cummerbund or a waistcoat ensure that the pleats are face up. To complete the formal look, you can use cufflinks, a lapel pin, a pocket square or even a silk scarf, especially if it’s a winter wedding.

Semi-Formal Weddings

This is the most popular dress code specified nowadays and also your safest bet in case nothing has been mentioned. Definitely not as formal as a black tie, it, however, is by no means, casual. While you need to dress conservatively, you should not look as if you have dropped in after attending office because that comes across as being very stuffy and unoriginal. By all means wear a two piece dark suit if you do not want the formality of a three-piece, though, during the summer and daytime, it is perfectly acceptable to sport a lighter suit. The shirt should be a solid color, even an unobtrusive pattern or a toned down jacquard. Needless to say, you need to ensure that the shirt is clean and crisp and the collar stiff and sharp.

Wearing Oxfords is a very good choice to accentuate a semi-formal look though you can also consider monk straps if you want a bolder look. Do not depart from black or brown shades and make sure that the shoes are in good condition, clean and shiny. Highlight the semi-formal look with knitted ties and pocket squares but don’t go overboard with bold colors – play around with textures instead for a classier look. You can pick up a smart tungsten ring from an online retailer like Men’s Wedding Bands.com that will start quite a few conversations.

Smart Casual Weddings

Smart casual wedding dress codes are increasingly becoming popular because it allows guests to relax their dress standards to a great extent while still ensuring that they do not run riot. The essence of this style is being comfortable while still being stylish and projecting a laid-back attitude. A wedding with a smart casual dress code is just the opportunity for taking a welcome break from dark conservative formal suits with some bold colors and patterns that sit up and beg to be noticed. The jacket and the trousers need not be color coordinated and you can opt for some saturated colors and wear them as separates. If the jacket is colorful, make sure that the trouser is relatively sober for the best effect. You can go ahead and experiment with some really colorful shirts. Don’t go overboard with the shoes; casual shoes are perfectly okay but make sure that they are comfortable and clean.


Whatever be the stated or expected dress code, take care to restrain yourself and not go in for anything that may be interpreted as too much. Even when being casual, it is better not to go really wild. After all, the main intention is to look smart and not become more of a showstopper than the bride or the groom.

Black Tunic Top

How to Wear a Black Tunic Top

Black is a safe color when it comes to clothing. Whether it is dresses, skirts, suits or tops, black is classic, elegant and will suit any attire for any occasion. Today we are looking at black tunic tops and tricks on how to wear them. If you aren’t careful black can make you washed out and can look lifeless and dull. In can also look very strict so think about using black with different textures and color contrasts to make you look interesting, beautiful and bold.

Think About Wearing Black in Sheer Fabrics

When choosing to wear a black top it can look less severe if you choose a lighter more transparent material. This type of fabric breaks up the one color and light will reflect making it look sheer and shimmery. Think about adding some layers over the top or add an interesting necklace in a contrasting color. This particular blouse adds some much needed textural interest and means you can wear it with a black skirt without it being too much black. This sleeveless chiffon top if perfect for the hot weather and can be worn to work or even to the beach. An investment we think is well worth making. The best thing is, it is classic, covers everything and will leave you feeling girly and sexy because of the ruffles and the material.

Add a Bright Accessory

If you aren’t going to layer on the top then think about adding a scarf or a necklace that is bright and colorful. This will break up the one piece color and will add texture and an element of luxury. This trick works with all types of black tops and jumpers. We really like this sleeveless tank top in black. It is tight fitting and classic. It is practical, versatile and can be worn in many different ways. Team it with leggings and a denim jacket for a more casual look or team it with a leather skirt if you are going out. Add a flowery scarf for the summer days or add a pearl necklace for those smart occasions. If you are feeling really bold then choose some gold and silver bangles and a large medallion necklace.

Layers, Layers and More Layers

The great thing about tank tops is you can layer them. Add a blazer and a sweatshirt or add an open shirt and a jacket. The whole idea is to make the black color the main interest and then choose something contrasting to layer on top. For example this beautifully knitted tank top would go great with a flannel shirt in mustard yellow and a brown jacket on top. Don’t be scared to experiment with different colors. This way you can find your style and what works great for you. This knitted tank top adds the texture so you don’t have too but seriously consider adding a layer or two to change the overall look and soften the black color.

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