Monday 6 December
Wedding Style Guide
With wedding season kicking off and summer just around the corner, we’ve called in the big guns: Donny Galella.
Legendary fashion guru, celebrity stylist and self-described “wardrobe wizard”. Trust us, there’s nothing this guy doesn’t know about men’s wedding attire. Donny has dressed celebs for the Oscars, the Emmys and the Brownlow red carpet, so we’ve got your cousin’s winery reception pretty much covered.
Formal & Black Tie Wedding
"Just because the invite says black tie, that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with colour."
Burgundy, in particular, is a killer formal and black tie wedding shade. It’ll help you pop when everyone else is dressed like a penguin. Donny has matched a burgundy two-piece with a white shirt, black tie and black loafers, balancing personality with understated style.
If you do decide to go full tuxedo, Donny recommends either an ivory tux jacket with an optional black lapel (yep, the black shawl collar is removeable), black slacks and dress loafers, or a velvet Bordeaux Cederic tux. Velvet has become a key trend on all the red carpets, and it’s got a much more tactile vibe than your standard go-to tuxedo. As always, the trick with formal and black tie weddings is confidence. If you feel a million bucks, you’re halfway there.
Daytime & Beach Weddings
"Beach weddings require a much more laid-back, unstructured vibe."
This is where you might bust out your statement blazer and separates combo, or ditch the tie all together. Donny says the easiest way to achieve beach style is to go with a lighter coloured suit—natural and tan are a good place to start—then keep things simple with a white shirt and whisky leather loafers.
For separates, try to mix up your shades and textures. Maybe a pink Taloro jacket on top, matched with a white shirt, blue chino pants and navy suede loafers. Another colour that’s really trending right now is blue marle. It’s a summery shade that works with most skin tones. Donny has matched our light blue Parkfield two-piece with a navy shirt and matching pocket square.
Cocktail & Semi-Formal Weddings
"Cocktail and semi-formal weddings can throw some guys."
How formal is semi-formal anyway? What happens if I’m the only one in a tux jacket? Donny says ‘cocktail’ is the perfect dress code to lash out with a three-piece suit. It’s one step down from a tux, but still looks damn good while holding an Old Fashioned. Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns, either. Donny has paired this light grey checked Hills three-piece with black-on-black shirt, tie, pocket square and dress loafers.
For separates, try switching out your chinos for suit pants. They’ll really elevate your overall aesthetic. Donny recommends this windowpane jacket with a pink shirt, pink lapel, black slacks and black loafers. It’s a nice balance of colour and class, with just the right dose of personality. Don’t forget, ‘cocktail’ algo gives you free reign over colour: try a khaki suit with a crisp, open-collar white shirt and whisky Teramo loafers. It’s a refreshing change from your standard navy-with-everything.
Want to turn some heads this wedding season? You can book a Politix in-store styling session here.