Summer packed with weddings? Here’s what you’ll need to wear.

Moss - tailored fit light blue flannel wedding suit


Words: C. Stewart and K. Chubb

Wedding season is here, and with it all manner of dress codes to get your head around. Should you wear a wedding suit? Are you feeling something more casual? As the groom, you’ll set the dress code, but you should also be the brightest example of it. Going as a guest? You’ve got it a little easier, but you’ll still want to make an effort worthy of the couple’s big day.

And on that note, as couples get more creative with their wedding days, so do the dress codes. If you’re faced with a cryptic one, your best bet is to ask the couple or someone in the wedding party for advice. Otherwise, see below for examples of dress codes that work for a range of themes and venues.




Moss - slim fit stone donegal tweed suit


If you’ve been invited to a wedding that’s taking place outside, in a barn or in a marquee for example, then a tweed suit is a great choice. Quintessentially British, tweed tailoring is all about making a subtle statement. Create a relaxed yet refined look by teaming your tweed suit with an open-necked printed shirt and a pair of polished derbies. After a more formal look? Go for the full three-piece suit and add a tie. Your waistcoat doesn’t need to be an exact match with your jacket and trousers. If you want to add some personality to your outfit, consider contrasting: try a check or herringbone jacket with a solid-colour waistcoat, or vice-versa.

Moss - Italian regular fit sharkskin morning suit


If you’ve been asked to dress in morningwear, it’s likely you’ll be going to a pretty grand daytime wedding; think sprawling country estate or the pristinely manicured lawns of the bride’s family pile. This is the most formal dress code of the bunch, and is all about timeless elegance.

You’ve got two options: you can go all the way with a grey or black morning coat, pinstriped trousers, a contrasting waistcoat and maybe even a top hat, or you can take the more streamlined route with a tone-on-tone morning suit. Either way, you’ll need to wear a white double-cuff shirt and polished black Oxford shoes. Your accessories should err on the refined, but feel free to work a soft colour or pattern into the mix – our pick for this year’s weddings is a double-breasted waistcoat in a neutral shade.

Moss - tailored fit copper flannel suit


If you’ve seen this word on an invitation and it’s thrown you, you should know you’re not alone. So much so, that we’ve written a whole post on what on earth a lounge suit actually is. In short? Despite how it sounds, this is not what you wear to lounge around at home, but actually just a one-name-suits-all term for any smart suit that’s not tails or morningwear.

If you’re given this dress code, it really just means the couple want you to make an effort but the overall tone of the day will be relaxed. A copper two-piece suit in a rich, modern hue will cover you for almost any venue or wedding style, and you can mix in different coloured accessories to suit your mood or the occasion.

Mos - blue textured wool Italian Zegna jacket


Well, lucky you – you’re off to a destination wedding. When shopping for a beach-bound wedding outfit, you need to take the time of year and expected temperature into account. It’s an opportunity to swap your formal suit for something more casual, but remember this is still a special day so make sure you still look put together. A linen suit is a great option to keep you cool even as the temperature rises. If it’s a more casual affair, you could consider swapping your suit trousers for a smart pair of chinos or chino shorts – and if it’s a really, really casual affair, you could even get away with a crisp white t-shirt and a pair of loafers.

Moss - slim fit camel flannel suit


Heading to a city wedding somewhere hot? A two-piece lounge suit is still an option for humid days if you pick a lightweight version. Look for soft construction, minimal linings and summer-weight fabrics to make light work of a smart dress code.

The summer city or destination wedding is also one of the best opportunities you’re going to get to embrace colour. A suit in a light, bright shade will make for a stylish nod to the romance of the occasion. Oh, and it’ll look amazing in photos (which is really all that matters, right?). Wondering what to wear for a spring wedding? Here’s our spring wedding suit guide.

Moss - shawl lapel tuxedo


Got a black-tie wedding invitation? This formal dress code is usually a sign the event’s more of an evening ‘do, or at least taking place late in the afternoon. It’s also relatively strict, in that you’ll need to wear a tuxedo or dinner jacket and accessories traditionally stay within the black-bow-tie-plus-white-pocket-square camp. But while there are rules, there’s also space for a little personality: an on-trend double-breasted jacket, peak satin lapels or skipping the bow tie in favour of a silk scarf are all small but impactful ways to stand out.

There’s also a chance your invitation will have the word ‘optional’ next to ‘black tie’. While this might sound like you have a choice, it’s really more that the couple would prefer you to wear this, even if they don’t want to strictly enforce it. In other words: if you can, you should.

Moss - white double breasted tuxedo


Even if the invitation says ‘creative black tie’, you still need to know the rules of formal black tie before you can get creative with them – learn all about tuxedos here. As with traditional black tie, this dress code is reserved for evening dos. The couple want the after-dark elegance of black tie, but are offering you a bit of freedom in how you dress too. Instead of a traditional black tuxedo, switch it up by choosing a white double-breasted jacket and bowtie. Alternatively, take it up another notch in a luxe fabric like velvet or a metallic jacquard weave that’ll catch the lights (and everyone’s attention) on the dancefloor. You’ll still tick off the required formal appearance but have a bit more fun with your look in the process.


Head to your local store and one of our experts will help you find an outfit you’ll feel great in.