Wedding Dress Codes.

Have you ever been confused by a dress code?
Here is a simple dress code guide tailored to the suit.

The key to remember is the dress code is there for a reason, whatever the occasion. It’s a helpful guide so that you rock up wearing something that looks good and blends in with all the other guests.

You definitely don’t want to stand out from the crowd for all the wrong reasons. Not only would that be embarrassing for you, but it might upstage your hosts.

Relax. We’re here to make your life easier when it comes to knowing what to wear on formal occasions. If you’ve ever been stumped or confused by a dress code, read on to find out what to wear.


black tie dress code at mens suit warehouse

You'll be wearing:

  • Black Tuxedo
  • Black Bow Tie
  • White Tuxedo Shirt
  • Patent Leather Shoes 
  • If you don't have Patent Shoes, don't worry - Black and shiny new will work. Try any black options from the Martino Carolus collection.
Our Tuxedo Range has everything you need to look great and fit the part.

This Boston classic fit tuxedo looks a million bucks. It has timeless appeal that will do the job nicely. 

For a variation on the classic look, what is sometimes called Creative Black Tie allows you to still look formal while mixing it up a little, by wearing a jacket like this Studio Italia Tuxedo in ivory.

groomsmen wear formal dark navy suits on wedding day

Photo: Rick Liston

You'll be wearing:

  • Black or Dark Blue Suit or Tuxedo 
  • Black or White Bow Tie or Necktie
  • White Tuxedo Shirt or Dress Shirt
  • Black Patent or Normal Leather Shoes

This Ted Baker Tuxedo in navy is a great choice for a formal occasion. You can choose whether to stick with classic black or move to a dark navy.

Another classic is this black pure wool Studio Italia Tux. 
The key to this dress code is to keep to darker colours to pull it off. 

COCKTAIL / SEMI FORMAL.groomsmen wear semi formal blue suits

Photo: Georgia Verrells

You'll be wearing: 

  • Navy or Blue Suit
  • Dress Shirt (solid colour)
  • Long Tie or Bow Tie is appropriate
  • Black or Brown Leather Dress Shoes

The aim is to look on point without being overly formal. As a general rule, wear lighter colours and fabrics for a daytime event and darker colours for an evening function.

This black slim fit Hugo Boss Henry suit is perfect for any cocktail occasion.

For a slightly more casual look, try a Gibson Lithium suit matched with brown shoes.

smart casual suits for a more relaxed dress code

You'll be wearing: 

  • Dress Pants or Chinos
  • Collared Shirt
  • Optional Tie, Sports Jacket
  • No T-shirts or Denim

You can wear lighter colours and fabrics for daylight functions and darker ones for night time.

We’ve got a fantastic range of Sports Jackets and Blazers that would be a good choice.

If you’d like some Trousers or Chinos, check out these to find exactly what you want.


Still confused? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Our friendly team of dress code experts can help you find the best outfit for your occasion.

There are plenty of ways to get in touch here.

We look forward to helping you get sorted soon.