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Weddings – they are some of the most important events in societies across the world. This goes double if you are the one getting married. But what are you supposed to wear? What is the appropriate wedding attire for men in different scenarios?

Get it right, and you will create a day everyone attending will remember for years to come. Get it wrong and you’ll cringe every time you look at your wedding photos.

Gents, that’s why today I’m giving you my ultimate guide on what to wear to a wedding. Here’s what we’re covering:

  • Why we dress up for weddings
  • The five questions that determine your wedding’s dress code
  • Wedding dress code terms 101
  • The three things to remember for every wedding

Why We Dress Up For Weddings

Grousing and grumbling about wedding attire is almost as much a tradition as throwing the bouquet. In a way, that’s a good thing.

Not that people don’t make unpopular wedding choices, or spend too much on clothes, or all the other complaints.

But the factor that sometimes drives the cost of wedding attire up is the same factor that makes it so essential: it’s visibly special.

By that we mean it’s not something you throw on for any old day. Even when wedding attire isn’t made custom for the event it’s still usually a conscious choice made to highlight how special the occasion really is.

And people do that in many different ways. For some people, it’s the weight of tradition that lends an outfit that extra special something. Things like tuxedos or morning coats are meaningful parts of the day. For others, it’s a cultural touchstone that makes the difference. That might mean a custom-made dhoti for an Indian groom or just some tasteful pocket squares in the family tartan for a Scottish man.

So we dress up for weddings to make the day more special.

Wedding participants

And each participant’s outfit plays its own role in contributing:

  • The bride’s outfit is, in most weddings, the centerpiece of the show. Progressive couples might struggle for a little equality there. The reality is that women’s dresses are easier to make extravagant and unique than men’s suits. Short of matching outfits, someone has to be the center of attention, and 99 times out of 100 it’ll be the bride.
  • The bridesmaids’ outfits are there to complement the bride’s. They may or may not be coordinated with the groom’s party as well, depending on how tightly-organized the wedding visuals are.
  • The groom’s outfit is, ideally, there to make everything perfect for the bride (just like all his other responsibilities — that day and for the rest of his life!). Its job is to make him look as sharp as he can without stealing attention from the bride.
  • The groomsmen’s outfits are usually a similar or slightly toned-down version of the groom’s, or something else that complements his ensemble but doesn’t quite equal it.
  • Guests’ outfits are usually given a specific dress code; when they are not, good business attire with perhaps a few small social touches are traditionally expected. They should always show a little extra effort for the special day.

For all of these participants, the wedding attire can mean a little added inconvenience or a lot. It depends on the wedding. But universally, the goal is to add a little more uniqueness to a special day — and that’s a goal we can all come together on.

With that in mind, we take a look at both traditional and modern outfits for every male participant: how to dress as the groom, how the groomsmen should dress (and potentially “bridesman,” or a man in the bride’s wedding party), and what to wear as a wedding guest.

We’ll also take a look at the basic wedding dress codes used on invitations, how to dress for a “themed” wedding or costume ceremony, and how to rent wedding clothes.

The Five Questions That Determine A Wedding’s Dress Code

wedding party

Ask yourself these questions to determine the level of formality for a wedding:

#1 Where is the wedding going to take place?

Outdoor weddings tend to be less formal than indoor weddings and call for option 3 – however this isn’t always the case.

If the couple are getting married on the beach, a linen shirt and pants would work great! You can also consider wearing slacks with a traditional dress shirt sans tie. This way you are still keeping the mood of your ceremony casual but look the part, even if you are the groom!

If an indoor wedding is being planned, particularly at a gothic or ornate church/building, you may consider formal or semi-formal dress.

If you tend to be up-to-date on current fashion trends, and consider yourself a “fashionable” kind of guy, formal dress may be an option for you. But, if you are more of a classical man, you may want to opt for a semi-formal outfit.

A tuxedo will never go out of style (it hasn’t yet in over a hundred years!), so you can’t go wrong.

#2 When is the wedding taking place?

Traditionally, if a wedding is taking place before sundown (or 6 p.m., whichever comes first) it is considered a daytime event, and therefore less formal; tuxedos are probably inappropriate for a daytime event.

Instead, opt for a more casual option like a suit. When you wear a black suit that fits well, the appearance can be as stunning as a tuxedo, while remaining appropriate for the event.

Weddings after sundown (or 6 p.m.) are considered more formal, nighttime events and are more conducive to tuxedos.

If the event straddles the day/evening timeframes, go with the option that suits the event most closely. For example, if the ceremony is being held at 1 p.m., but the reception will not be until the evening, you may want to opt for the slightly more casual suit.

However, if the ceremony is being held at 4 p.m. with the dinner and reception immediately following, you may be able to bend the rules and wear a tuxedo. Go with your gut!

#3 What is the general “feel” of the event?

Talk to the bride and groom about this one! Ask them to share their vision for the event. Have they always wanted a romantic, fairytale wedding complete with top hats and tuxedos? Or are they dreaming of a casual ceremony at sunset on theirfavorite beach? Depending on their ideas and the theme of the event, you may be able to determine which style is best suited.

You should also ask yourself if you are going for a trendy look, or would you rather keep your look classic? Think about it – brides from the 80s are probably kicking themselves every time they look at their wedding albums and see the sky-high, teased bangs and puffy sleeves (no offense brides of the 80s!).

Just be sure to be mindful of being too trendy. The nature of fads is that they fade in and out. You don’t want to be left with “trendy” wedding photos long after the fad has faded.

#4 What are guests expected to wear?

Again, this is probably a great topic to discuss with the bride and groom. Let’s say one of your close friends showed up wearing slacks and a dress shirt (sans tie). Would your first thought be ‘Wow, I’m glad he’s comfortable!’ or would you think ‘how inappropriate for the wedding!’?

Be sure to consider the couple’s feelings. Some brides are comfortable with their guests wearing clothes that they feel comfortable in, while others require their guests to attend in accordance with black tie dress code.

Whatever is decided, be sure what you’re wearing coincides with the formality that guests are expected to adhere to. Communication is key!

#5 What is the bride going to wear?

Even if it’s a traditional couple and the groom will not know what the bride’s dress looks like until the wedding day, having an idea of the style and formality will help the groom to decide what he and other men should look like.

Is the bride going to wear a short, cocktail-length dress? Or will she be wearing a traditional gown with a train and veil? Knowing these details will help to determine the level of formality required by everyone else.

Think about it – if you opt to wear a linen shirt and pants while the bride is wearing a gown with chapel train and veil, you may look a little odd – to say the least.

With these questions answered, take a look at the wedding dress codes below.

You can give your wedding any look you please such as a military wedding, as long as you know your options.

Formalwear is elaborate (and expensive), black tie is elegant in the evening, and suits are always appropriate at any time of day.  More casual styles can be easier on the guests and the wallet.

So long as you look over the options beforehand, wedding attire is nothing to fear. If you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll have more of your mind free to think about the important parts of the day — the happy couple and the wedding!

Identify the dress code, choose an appropriate style within it and then look for well-fitting, quality clothing that matches it. If it is your wedding, share the dress code for men and women with your guests so they know what is expected of them. Having a few guidelines is a lot less stressful than being left to guess.

Wedding Dress Code Terms 101

man wearing white tie

Most invitations, as we mentioned above, will list a specific “dress code.” They may not use the word “code” itself, but expect to see a line about “wedding dress” or “such-and-such attire is requested” in there somewhere.

These are reasonably standard categories. Any event planner or fashion consultant knows them automatically, and it’s assumed that guests are aware of at least the basics. The less formal the code, the more the lines get blurred. In general though. the categories break down as follows:

Formal attire

This is a phrase that gets misused sometimes, so exercise some caution.

When most Americans say “formal wear,” they’re thinking of the classic men’s tuxedo. And that’s not strictly accurate — the black or midnight blue dinner jacket typical at “formal” events is really a semi-formal garment.

True formal wear has two different outfits for men: “morning dress” during the daytime, and “white tie” at night. But be aware that your host or hostess may be misusing the phrase “formal” — if an invitation calls for formal attire, rather than using a specific phrase like “black tie,” it may be worth a discreet phone call or e-mail checking whether formal or semi-formal dress is desired.

Daytime formal attire – morning dress

Morning dress is — officially, as far as these things go — the most formal daytime attire for men. It’s almost never worn at anything but a wedding by anyone outside of the European aristocracy, however, and looks more like a costume than fine dress to most of us.

Nonetheless, it’s technically speaking still the maximum dress standard for men. If you’re invited to a true “formal dress” wedding in the daytime, expect to have to rent, unless you happen to have the morning dress staples handy.

Classic morning dress standards
  • Tailcoat – A morning coat closes in the front (usually with a chain link) and ends at the waist in front, with the sides sloping down to a broad set of tails. Morning coats are usually black or dark gray, sometimes in a textured weave, and should always have peaked lapels.
  • Morning trousers are not made as part of a matching suit with the coat. They are usually patterned and made from a lighter gray. They do not have “ribbon” or piping like dinner trousers, but are still worn high on the waist and should always be paired with suspenders, not a belt.
  • Waistcoats in morning dress are light and do not match the jacket or trousers. Dove gray and yellow buff are the most common, but any light (non-white) color is fine. The waistcoat should be long enough to fully cover the tops of the trousers. There is more than one way to properly wear a waistcoat – they can be single- or double-breasted, and can have lapels or not — this is something of a personal style choice.
  • Shirts are light-colored, but usually not plain white (although white is technically acceptable). A light background with slightly darker patterns is typical, ranging from minimal striping to elaborate “wallpaper” designs. None of the colors involved should be dark or bold. The collar should be a turn-down style, not wing.
  • Men’s dress boots are the appropriate footwear; a plain black balmoral style is ideal. Plain black balmoral oxford shoes can also be worn, but are slightly anachronistic.
Finishing touches
  • Neckties or cravats are equally acceptable, though at the point where they’re wearing morning dress most men prefer to go for the cravat. Be aware that this means a dress cravat — broad, hand-tied, and worn outside the shirt but beneath the vest — not the colored, scarf-like versions that are coming back into contemporary fashion and are worn tucked into the shirt.
  • Top hats — light gray with a dark band — are expected. A pure black hat is technically acceptable but looks rather stark, and is usually reserved for funerals or state affairs.

As strange as morning dress feels to most of us, it’s important to remember that it’s not a costume — it’s the highest sartorial standard in Western culture. It gets worn for social events by European royalty and, to a lesser degree, by the “old money” of the American east coast. Try it, you’ll probably look sharper than you might first think.

Evening formal attire – white tie

The dividing line between daytime and evening for formal events usually gets drawn around 5:00 in the afternoon, but there’s leeway depending on the time of year. Typically the invitation will make it clear which is expected or else be set at a time that is clearly one or the other. In general, if it’s going to be dark when the event concludes, you wear the evening version.

For men at formal events, that means the “white tie” standard of dress. It’s similar to the more widely-known black-tie standard, but is even more exacting and has a few specific details that set it apart.

Classic white tie standards
  • Tailcoats are worn instead of tailless dinner jackets. Unlike the morning coat, an evening coat is a cutaway with a sharp waist. The front of the jacket simply ends, while the back continues in long tails. It is not buttoned or fastened, but stays open at the waist. The lapels are peaked and covered in silk, usually ribbed grosgrain rather than sheer satin.
  • Trousers are plain black, uncuffed, and have either one or two narrow vertical stripes at the outside seams made from the same satin as the lapels.
  • A white waistcoat made of stiff pique cotton is required. The fit has to be exacting: it needs to fully cover the trouser waist (which is usually quite high), but cannot peek out from under the cutaway front of the jacket. It’s a narrow window, which is why few rental outlets even handle white tie.
  • Shirts are made from very thin, light, white cotton, with a thicker, almost cardboard-stiff “bib” down the center of the front. The collar is always a stiff wing collar that detaches from the shirt. The cuffs are traditionally a single style, rather than the doubled French style. They still fasten with the cufflinks most men associate with French style cuffs. The front of the shirt fastens with studs, not buttons.
  • Bowties are — obviously — white, usually made from the same stiff pique as the waistcoat and shirtfront. Make sure you know how to tie a bowtie because they should always be hand-tied and never premade into a bow.
  • Dress pumps are the ideal footwear, though a pair of plain, highly-polished oxford balmorals will also be accepted. Patent leather — sometimes acceptable as a black tie option — is too ostentatious for white tie, and should be avoided.
Finishing touches
  • Studs and cufflinks are always light-colored, unlike in black tie. Mother-of-pearl facings are typical, but light-colored metals such as white gold or silver are acceptable as well.
  • Top hats, if worn, should be plain black. Plain white kid gloves are also acceptable, and may be stored in the pockets sewn into the coattails, sometimes called the “glove pockets.”

White tie has, in addition to those basic elements, its own very exacting rules. They cover everything from the pocket placement to the number of shirt studs used. It is a very, very thorough dress code — probably the most formal a man will ever wear.

In the unlikely event that you’re asked to attend a white-tie wedding, either have your attire made by a tailor specializing in formal wear or seek out a very knowledgeable rental outlet. Warehouse-style rental chains are not going to be equipped to manage proper white tie.

Semi-formal attire

Most “formal” weddings in America are actually semi-formal affairs. Many of them also get the timing wrong. The traditional “tuxedo wedding” that so many couples opt for should really only be held at night. This usually means after 5:00 or so (depending on the local sundown).

Like formal attire, semi-formal outfits come in two flavors: the stroller outfit in the morning and the tuxedo or dinner jacket ensemble at night.

Semi-formal daytime attire: the stroller

Strollers are also sometimes called “morning suits”. This phrase inevitably leads to confusion with “morning coats” and “morning dress”. The name is misleading anyway — not all strollers are made as a matched suit, though they can be.

In general, the style looks very much like its formal cousin, with slightly different jackets and accessories:

  • Stroller jackets are often just called “strollers,” from which the rest of the outfit takes its name, much as we refer to men wearing “tuxedos” when we mean the whole black tie ensemble. They should be either black or gray, button at one point on the chest (usually with a chain), and do not have the tails of a morning coat. The lapels are usually peaked, though notched lapels are technically acceptable.
  • Trousers should be a lighter gray than the jacket, and can be visibly textured or patterned. Like in morning dress, they are worn high on the waist and fastened with suspenders, never belts.
  • Waistcoats are essentially the same as in formal attire: a medium color like dove gray or yellow buff, with the lapels and button stance a matter of personal taste.
  • Shirts are interchangeable with formal attire. They should be light-colored, lightly-patterned, and take a detachable turndown collar. Plain white is a bit more common in semi-formal day attire than in morning dress.
  • Derby or homburg hats are worn instead of top hats (a top hat should never be worn without tails).
  • Dress boots or plain black, polished balmoral oxfords, as in morning dress, are appropriate footwear.

The stroller is probably the least common of the formal and semi-formal options for weddings.

Semi-formal evening wear: the black tie standard

Of all the weddings billed as some kind of “formal” (whether they get it right and say “semi-formal” or not), the vast majority will be black-tie affairs. Black tie is theoretically evening dress, but that won’t stop people from requesting it during the day, and a good guest follows the instructions on the invitation.

The key thing to remember with black tie is that it is an exacting standard — it’s not meant for improvisation. There are a lot of bad tuxedos out there, especially if you’re renting, and you don’t want to wear any of them. Unless the wedding planners instruct you to rent a specific brand or model, you should wear a tuxedo that meets all the traditional requirements.

Classic black tie standards
  • Tuxedo jackets should be plain black or midnight blue, made from worsted wool with satin-faced peak or shawl lapels. The jacket has no tails and does button in front, unlike formal jackets. It should have a breast pocket, in which you wear a white pocket square or handkerchief.
  • Trousers are made from the same fabric as the jacket, creating a matched suit. There should be a vertical stripe covering each outside seam made from the same satin as the lapel facings. There are no cuffs or belt loops, and the suspenders should button to the inside of the trousers.
  • Waistcoats, if worn, are black, with a low cut to leave the shirtfront visible and small lapels that should be narrower than the jacket lapels (so that both are visible). They are often backless, and fasten with a simple clip in the back.
  • Shirts are plain white, with a doubled layer of fabric down the front placket. They can be starched stiff like a formal shirt, but often are not. Either turn-down or wing collars are acceptable, though purists will insist that the wing collar is too formal. The shirt usually fastens with studs, but mother-of-pearl buttons are technically acceptable.
  • Bow ties should be black and made from the same silk as the lapel facings and trouser ribbon. It should always be hand-tied.
  • Dress pumps are the classic style of footwear, but plain black oxford balmorals are also acceptable. Black patent leather is also an option for black tie footwear, so long as the style of shoe is plain and simple.
Finishing touches
  • Cufflinks should either be a solid metal color or be metal with a plain black facing. The studs do not have to match the cufflinks, though the colors of metal should complement one another.
  • Pocket squares should be plain white and neatly folded.
  • Cummerbunds are an alternative to a waistcoat. The sash goes around the waist with the broadest part in front and the pleats facing upward (so that they can be used to hold small, flat items like tickets). Classic black tie calls for a black cummerbund, but modern style accepts a very sober, dark color in its place, such as deep burgundy or forest green.
  • Boutonnières are usually the only color in a black tie outfit. Red and white are both common for wedding, with cornflower blue a somewhat less common but still traditional option. In all cases it should be a single large blossom, not a bouquet of sprigs.

Black tie optional

In many cases, grooms plan to wear a tuxedo (usually their party will as well), but do not want to require it of their guests.

Thus was the “black tie optional” invitation born. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a guest may choose to wear a proper black tie tuxedo, or may instead wear a dark, conservative suit color.

If you choose to wear a tuxedo, it should be black tie as discussed above. If you wear a suit, it should be the highest end of business attire: dark, unpatterned suit, white shirt, conservative necktie, and plain black belt and shoes.

Black or charcoal gray are preferred to navy blue for black tie optional suits, though navy is technically acceptable. It’s mostly just a matter of blending in — anything but the darkest navy color is going to stand out in a room where almost everyone else’s jacket is black.

Business attire

It sounds odd to use the phrase in reference to a wedding, but “business attire” is actually a fairly common standard on wedding invitations. It’s also the standard you should adhere to when the wedding simply requests “dress clothing” or “dress attire.”

Dress or business attire — as far as invitations are concerned — implies what we’d think of as traditional suit-and-tie wear, the style of dress still worn at most financial firms and law offices.

Most men have bought a business suit of their own, eliminating the need for rentals. Decent ones can be found for as cheap as the low $100s, if you have time to shop around and keep an eye out for specials, and they’re useful to own outside of weddings as well, making them a much more sensible investment for most men than a tuxedo or morning suit.

The clothing is easier to acquire but the dress standard is still fairly strict, with very few exceptions or places for personal expression:

  • Jackets and trousers should be made from the same fabric, usually a worsted wool. Suit color should be either charcoal gray, navy blue, or black. Plain white pinstripes (not chalk stripes or anything wider!) are technically business-appropriate, but a solid color is better suited to a wedding. Single or double-breasted suit jackets are both options and lapels may be either peak or notch.
  • Vests can be worn if they are made from the same fabric as the suit, for a “three-piece suit.” This may actually be a good wedding option if you have access to it — the vest will keep you looking sharp without overheating when the festivities shift to the dance floor and men are allowed to take off their jackets and ties.
  • Shirts should be plain white and have a turndown, non-buttoning collar.
  • Neckties are mandatory if it says “business attire.” Stick with a relatively conservative pattern, though most colors are fine as long as they aren’t too bright. Red and light blue are both common wedding options. Avoid wearing a black suit with a black tie unless you’re in the band or waiting on tables!
  • Shoes can be either plain black or plain dark brown, since this is a social occasion rather than business, but black usually looks better. Belts should match the shoes.
Finishing touches
  • Pocket squares are an important accent and a good way to add a personal touch. Always have one, and don’t feel limited to plain white — this is where many men make their festive gesture.
  • Boutonnières are not required (unless you were given one by the wedding organizers, in which case you should wear it), but sporting a flower in your lapel is another option for adding some color and festivity to your outfit. A boutonnière and pocket square can be worn together, but be careful of clashing colors.

As you can see, business dress is actually a fairly strict standard — if you’re wearing a light-colored suit, or one with a pattern, or a shirt that isn’t plain white, you’re not quite up to code. At a wedding most people won’t care — it is a celebration, after all, not a board meeting — but whenever you can, meet the highest standard and use the permitted accessories to personalize.

Dress casual and business casual

“Dress casual” and “business casual” are two phrases that mean roughly the same thing.

The key difference between business dress and business casual — for the purposes of weddings — is that color, pattern, and texture are allowed in your dress casual suits and shirts.

Some will also argue that anything less than business attire makes neckties optional for men. This is technically true, and outside of a wedding a business casual outfit without a necktie would be fine. For a wedding a necktie is always recommended though. Nine times out of ten you’ll find all the other men wearing them as well. In the rare case where neckties are the minority you can always take yours off.

  • Jackets are still expected. They aren’t required to match the trousers, but lightly-patterned or lighter-colored suits are an excellent choice if you own one. If you go with unmatched jacket, wear a navy blazer or another formal option rather than a very casual sports jacket.
  • Trousers should either be part of a matched suit or else be wool or good cotton dress slacks. Jeans are not an option, even dark ones.
  • Neckties should follow the same guidelines as business dress — conservative pattern; no bright colors.
  • Shoes can be any leather dress shoe, including casual styles like saddle shoes and loafers.
Finishing touches
  • Dress/Business-casual accessories follow the same guidelines as business dress — both pocket squares and boutonnières are acceptable, and can be worn together if desired. Have a pocket square at the very least.
  • Vests may be worn, either as part of a three-piece suit or as an unmatched accent, and are once again a good way to stay sharp-looking after the jackets and ties come off.

The key thing to take away here is that “business casual” is more business than it is casual. You still need a tie, and you still can’t wear jeans or sneakers. You want to err on the formal side of style for a wedding. This means a nice jacket.

Casual/Relaxed dress

An invitation that requests “casual” or “relaxed” dress is making it easy on you, but it’s not an anything-goes pass.

The dress code does tell you that the planners want a relaxed feel. That means neckties are out, but it doesn’t automatically downgrade you to a T-shirt and jeans.

The ideal casual wedding outfit is a casual men’s jacket like a sports jacket, a collared shirt with some color to it, dark-colored jeans, corduroys, or other casual trousers, and casual leather shoes. That gives you a pretty wide range of colors and styles to choose from. But, note the important elements:

  • A jacket (the ubiquitous gesture that you’re making a deliberate effort to look sharp).
  • A collared shirt.
  • Dark trousers.
  • Decent shoes that you can put a fresh shine on.

The jacket gives you a place for your festive accessories, whether that’s a boutonnière or just a pocket square. It also features extra pockets, which almost always come in handy if you’ve brought a female date to the wedding. Women’s wedding outfits tend to lack storage space compared to ours. Expect to be used as a backup purse at one point or another.

The key takeaway here is that even a casual wedding deserves a jacket, collared shirt, and decent shoes. You shouldn’t look like you ran your errands just before showing up.

The Three Things To Remember For EVERY Wedding

Wedding attire is an incredibly broad topic. But it all essentially comes down to these three points:

#1 Start buying your wedding clothes early

Gents, I recommend you start at least 90 days before the big day. Why?

You will save money – I own a custom tailor shop and the man who comes in a few weeks before his wedding ends up spending more. This results in having to make the work a priority over others, overtime costs and possible mistakes from a rushed order. All can be easily avoided with some upfront planning.

You will avoid stress – There is enough stress you deal with during your wedding. Don’t make your outfit one of them. Choosing and purchasing your outfit a few months ahead will go along way in reducing stress.

You have time to practice – With your outfit picked out, you can testdrive it. Put your clothes on and wear them around the house or even the office if you can. Get comfortable with them. If you have bought a new pair of shoes you will have plenty of time to break them in. There is nothing worse than sore, uncomfortable feet. Just be careful not to damage your outfit in any way!

#2 Look your best

You should look like a part of the proceedings. Know the dress code, execute it well and have whatever festive accents you need to look appropriately celebratory.

Dressing sharp on your wedding day is a sign of respect. Not just to your partner but to all the guests surrounding you sharing this special occasion together.

Get an outfit that fits you well and make sure all your details are tidy. Shined shoes, trimmed hair and nails, pressed clothing — it’s all about making things look special and showing that you’ve gone the extra mile.

Pictures of your wedding day will last a lifetime. Ensure you look sharp so you don’t have the look of shame every time the albums come out.

#3 Be easy-going

Never criticize, never complain; in point of fact never mention clothing at all, except to tell your bride that her dress is beautiful. You do your best, and trust everyone else to do the same, and you keep any sartorial opinions to yourself. Even if your bride made you wear a Hawaiian-print waistcoat.

That’s weddings for you.

Want to discover more about weddings? Truly master the art of creating a day nobody will ever forget by checking out the following:

  • How to dress as a groom
  • How to dress if you’re a groomsman, usher or another important wedding participant
  • What should the father of the bride or groom wear? A guide to dressing as a wedding guests
  • How to deal with themed weddings
  • A guide to renting tuxedos and wedding clothes
  • How to dress for wedding events outside the ceremony
  • A guide to wedding party gifts
  • How to plan a bachelor party
  • How to plan your honeymoon
  • 101 wedding songs you can’t go wrong with
  • How to organize a wedding registry
  • How to choose an engagement ring

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How to wear your watch correctly



As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

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The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

stylish watch

Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)



We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.


man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.


man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances



We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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