How to Be the Best-Dressed Guest at a Wedding

Crisper weather and seasonal styles mean a whole different set of rules.
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Wedding season is upon us—which means that there's a good chance that you're going to have to attend one some day soon. But dressing for an end-of-year wedding has a different set of requirements than a summer one does. For one thing, you don't have to worry about staying cool. More important, however, is that you have the opportunity to inject a bit of season-specific style into your outfit. Whether it's with color, fabric, pattern, or just simply how you put it all together, here are the four keys to looking great for your next wedding. 

The Suit

The great thing about fall weddings is that you can actually have a bit of fun with your suit. While summer is primarily about staying cool, this season means you can use a wider variety of fabrics, and most importantly, patterns. Try something with a subtle check pattern and a darker color. It's pretty much the ideal suit, and will help you stand out from the crowd of solid blues and grays. Just don't go too crazy on the pattern. You don't want to upstage the groom, after all. Suitsupply Havana Blue Houndstooth Suit,


The Shirt 

With a patterned suit, you don't want to go too crazy on the shirt. Of course, contrasting two subtle patterns, when done right, can be a great look. But to avoid going overboard, your no-fail bet is a solid white shirt—clean and ironed. Hugo Boss Jaiden Cotton-Twill Shirt,

The Shoes

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Nothing says fall quite like a great pair of brogues—a shoe style from Ireland, where it's basically fall year round. And if you want to mix it up, try a minimally detailed version in a rich amber leather. It'll pair amazingly well with that blue check suit you're hopefully wearing. Salvatore Ferragamo Leather Brogue Cap Toe Oxfords,

The Accessories 

With your tie (and, if you so choose, your pocket square), you want to keep the color palette a bit darker. Think dark blues, grays, burgundies, greens—your basic autumn lineup. And depending on how bold your suit pattern is, you can dial up or dial down the tie pattern accordingly. You want one or the other to make the statement—not both. Brioni Mélange Herringbone Silk Tie,

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