Cocktail attire for men guide part 1

Cocktail attire for men guide

Cocktail attire for men guide part 1

In this guide, I want to explain what cocktail attire for men is all about and what options you have for weddings, parties or events when you receive an invitation that asks for it.

 Cocktail attire for men at a wedding:

Most women understand the attire required for such an event due to the aptly named, short cocktail dress that is often black, whereas men generally do not have a clue as to what attire they should wear to a cocktail party. Of course, these are general wedding instructions that will be appropriate in 95% of all weddings. If the bridegroom is a flamboyant artist or someone who wears shorts and a t-shirt, no matter what, try to adjust your outfit so you will not be completely out of place. For an artist wedding, go with more colorful accessories and for a completely informal wedding, skip the tie and just wear a combination with a dark jacket and lighter colored slacks, again, it is their day so you should try not to catch much attention with your outfit.

What to wear to a cocktail party, number 1:

Cocktail parties are supposed to be relaxed occasions and a classic navy or charcoal business suit is probably too formal. During the winter, you can wear flannel, with patterns, maybe a bow tie. Be more daring than with your business wardrobe and pay attention to accessories such as cuff links, tie bars, pocket squares, boutonnieres… but do not overdo it and only use two accents at the most. During the warmer months of the year, you can go with lighter colors, for example, a light blue linen sports coat.

What to wear to a cocktail party, number 2:

If the party is during the day or in the afternoon, you can add more color and patterns to your outfit, although the basics apply here as well. In the evening, you can wear darker suits, fewer patterns, and more muted colors.