Summer has well and truly arrived and so has wedding season!
Wedding attire is almost as simple as it can be. You have the same suit in the wardrobe that you’ve been wearing for years and you’ve got a block colour tie that you know suits you.
However, when it comes to accessorising, why not try something a little bit different for the next wedding you’re invited to? You are going to be dressed the same as every other man at the event, so why not add in a personal touch of your own style, or inject some colour into your outfit through accessories?
We’ve teamed up with Trendhim to talk about some staple wedding accessories, how to wear them and how you can break the mould.
- Lapel pin
A lapel pin is a classic wedding accessory. Boutonnieres (a real flower) used to be the most commonly worn type of lapel pin amongst members of the wedding party, but nowadays you can find a variety of stylish alternatives that are more suitable for a wedding guest rather than the groom or groomsmen.
One example of one of these alternatives is a simple metal pin. These types of pins come in a variety of styles. They are often used in everyday life to make a cultural or political statement, but for a wedding they are many suitable styles such as a stag or a rose. Metal pins are a great option if you are already wearing a colourful tie or pocket square and you feel that a flower lapel pin would be overbearing.
If you do fancy something a little more elaborate, then a faux flower lapel pin is a good choice for you. These types of pins come in a variety of materials like cotton, wool and polyester. The colour options for these types of pins are limitless so you are sure to find one that compliments the colour of your tie or your shirt.
The only rule to remember with lapel pins is that they should sit on your left lapel.
- Pocket square
A pocket square is a true gentleman’s formal accessory and they have been worn since the 1400’s as a symbol of status or wealth. Nowadays, you don’t need to have status or wealth to wear a pocket square as they are inexpensive and versatile.
A white pocket square being worn at a black tie event is probably the first image that comes to mind when you think of a pocket square, but this need not be the case. A pocket square can be a really way to inject some colour into your outfit. As only an inch or so of the material peeks out, you don’t have to worry about the colour being overbearing.
If you are wearing a lapel pin then make sure that your pocket square doesn’t clash with the pin, or look too ‘matchy-matchy’. This is a thin line to tread but one example could be combining a cream floral lapel pin, a dark red or burgundy pocket square and a crisp white shirt.
Suspenders, or braces as they are also called, are a classic old-school cool accessory. They are a suitable accessory for both a formal and casual wedding as they can be both dressed up and down.
For example, a pair of black suspenders can be suitable when attending a black tie dress code wedding but a patterned or coloured pair can be great simply worn over a shirt at an outdoor or retro/vintage themed wedding.
Unless you’re feeling really brave, a simple block colour or subtlety patterned pair of suspenders works the best with the most common shirt colours. For example, a navy pair looks great with a white shirt and a red or burgundy pair look wonderful with a pale blue shirt.
The only rule to follow is that suspenders replace a belt so never wear the two together!
- Bow tie
Deciding whether to wear a bow tie or a regular tie is one of the big decisions you will have to make in regards to your wedding accessorising. As either one is usually required to adhere to the dress code, this should be the most important accessory on your checklist.
Bow ties usually conjure up images of black tie events, as the accessory itself is where the name of the event came from. However, they can also be dressed down for more relaxed weddings and still look stylish and appropriate.
For example, if you are attending an outdoor or boho style wedding then you could opt for a wooden bow tie as they are something a little different, and the bride and groom may really appreciate the effort you’ve put in to incorporating their theme into your outfit.
A floral or paisley bow tie can also be great for a retro or vintage wedding as they perfectly represent that old-school geek style without being corny.
Cufflinks are a classic formal accessory as they add a little touch of class to any suit. Silver is the most common style you will find them in, but like all the accessories mentioned here, there is options for creativity.
One way to be a little different is through the shape of cufflink. Many choose to go for a simple square or circle shape, but motifs like anchors or skulls are becoming popular too. Skulls probably aren’t the most suitable choice for a wedding but anchors on the other hand most certainly are if you’re attending a beach or maritime/seaside themed wedding.
Engraved cufflinks are also a really nice way to mark the occasion of the wedding, especially if you are related to either the bride or the groom. Many jewellers offer engraving services for reasonable prices so definitely explore this option.
If you want to include some jewellery in your outfit but aren’t comfortable with rings or don’t feel like a necklace is suitable, then a bracelet can be a really nice choice. The right bracelet can look smart and you can match a metal style with your cufflinks and/or tie pin to create a cohesive look.
If you’re a guest at a more informal wedding, then a black or brown leather bracelet could also be a suitable accessory.
A bracelet is a perfect accessory to choose if you know the weather is going to be warm on the day of the wedding as this will give you the perfect opportunity to roll your shirt sleeves up and show it off.
- Tie clip
A tie clip is another classic formal accessory that can easily be incorporated into your wedding outfit.
They are not just for show as they are practical and stop you from having an embarrassing ‘tie hanging into your soup’ moment at the reception. They also help keep your tie straight and at the right length so that you won’t have to adjust yourself every time you are asked to be in a photo.
As tie clips and cufflinks are the perfect complimentary items, you can often purchase them together in sets. This means these are an easy and subtle way of incorporating some silver or gold hardware into your look without it looking tacky or overbearing.
Again, if you’re feeling daring, a tie clip doesn’t have to be silver or gold as you can get them in a variety of colours, patterns and materials depending on your personal choice.