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Your Ultimate Guide: Men’s Wedding Guest Attire

A group of wedding guests smiling on the beach

If you’ve been bestowed the honor of being invited to a wedding, you’ll need to get familiar with men’s wedding guest attire. Not only is this a special day worthy of looking especially smart while celebrating the happy couple, but you’ll want to make sure you’re looking extra snazzy for the countless wedding photos that are sure to make the rounds on social media. Follow these tips on putting together men’s wedding guest outfits.

Check the Dress Code

The wedding invitation should specify the dress code so you know where to begin. Some dress codes leave little to no room for interpretation, while others may give you plenty of options. If you’re not clear about the dress code, be sure to seek clarification before shopping for men’s wedding guest attire. Here’s a quick overview of the most common dress codes and their corresponding ensembles.

White Tie

  • Tuxedo with tails
  • Formal white dress shirt
  • White bow tie
  • White vest
  • White or gray gloves
  • Dress shoes

Black Tie

  • Black tuxedo
  • Black bow tie
  • White tuxedo shirt (wing tip is preferable)
  • Black dress shoes

Black Tie Optional

  • Dark suit
  • Black bow tie or necktie
  • White dress shirt
  • Dress shoes

Cocktail Attire

  • Dark suit
  • Necktie (patterned is acceptable)
  • Dress shirt (solid colors only)
  • Dress shoes


  • Dress shirt (light or dark depending on the time of day or night)
  • Slacks
  • Necktie (optional)
  • Dress shoes

Casual Men’s Wedding Guest Attire

  • Suit (any color)
  • Dress shirt (patterns are acceptable)
  • Necktie (optional)
  • Dress shoes


  • Suit (light color)
  • Necktie
  • Dress shirt (solid or patterned)
  • Dress shoes

Don’t Outshine the Groom

With the exception of white and black tie weddings where the dress code is strictly to dress to the nines, your goal is to look amazing, but you don’t want to overshadow the bride and groom! Remember who’s the star of the show, and don’t wear anything too flashy or over-the-top that would steal attention away from them.

Do dress sharp, but a general rule is that if you’re not sure if it’s okay to get wild with your look, it’s best to keep men’s wedding guest attire simple and sophisticated. Of course, some rules are meant to be broken — just make sure you know the rules before you break them!

Talk to Other Guests

A bride and groom walking through a crowd of happy people celebrating

If possible, as you plan your men’s wedding guest attire, chat with other attendees about what they’re planning to wear. That way you can be sure that you’re going to fit in, and you can also get some ideas if you’re not sure where to start with your shopping. If you’re friends with other guests, you could even make a day out of shopping for men’s wedding guest outfits together.

Shop Quality Wedding Shoes Now

No matter what the dress code at the big event looks like, Just Men’s Shoes has you covered for top-quality footwear, and at a very budget-friendly price! We carry dapper wedding shoes and formal satin shoes that will look stunning with your tux, as well as classic dress shoes that would look dashing with any men’s wedding guest attire. 

Your shoes can make or break your look, so put your best foot forward. Questions? Feel free to contact us for expert advice on selecting the perfect pair. Save on American-designed footwear at Just Men’s Shoes!

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