You received a wedding invitation and there appears to be some secret code regarding the language used for what you should wear. Don’t make the mistake of being over or under dressed men- use the following tips/guidelines to secure the perfect attire for the event.
Casual or “Daytime”
Typically, casual means anything goes which is fabulous except for the broadness that includes. For the purposes of wedding wear, it’s safe to assume business casual is appropriate meaning jeans, shorts and tank tops are probably out unless they're specifically noted as acceptable. Men should opt for dress pants with a button down shirt or polo shirt. Because no coat is required, this is the perfect occasion to show off your custom I DEUX shirt.
Cocktail Attire, Semi-formal or Dressy Casual
These terms are all used to describe a wedding that is slightly less formal than black tie optional. In layman’s terms, no tuxedos for the men. Depending on the time and season of the wedding, you'll want to dress somewhere between formal and casual (ie suit and tie or a sport coat). Lean toward darker, more formal hues for an evening wedding during chillier months; opt for light colors and fabrics for a daytime wedding in warmer weather.
This suggests an elegant beach wedding—so dress to impress, but also dress for the elements (sun, sand and water). Anything you'd wear to a nice restaurant on a summer night is appropriate. A summer suit with linen shirt, or even just linen pants (or khakis) and sandals are great options. Because no tie is required, this is the perfect opportunity to opt for a stylish and modern band collar on your I DEUX.
Formal Attire or Black Tie Optional
The wording here suggests something slightly less formal than black tie. This means that a tuxedo isn't required, but the event is still formal enough for one to be appropriate if you so choose. If you don’t own or want to rent a tux, a formal dark suit is a great substitute. And while there are no rules for what you wear underneath these parameters, we feel a custom I DEUX shirt with matching accessories is the perfect way to spice up your look for the dance floor.
This is the second most formal wedding dress code and usually means the wedding is an evening affair. Men should wear a tuxedo, black bow tie, cummerbund, pleated tux front shirt and patent leather shoes are typically suggested. If however it says "creative black tie," you can go a little wilder with color and style while keeping your outer attire formal (cue I DEUX).
This is the most formal of all wedding dress codes and also the least common (think the Oscars). Men should wear a long-tail tuxedo, a white pique vest, bow tie, formal black shoes and even white gloves are appropriate. Historically speaking, color used to be way more strict but now men are opting to add some personality with a patterned accessory. Opt for a pique tux front, one of our super classy white European Jacquard patterns, and a splash of fun with your bow tie and/or pocket square in one of our print patterns. Take that George Clooney!
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