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The Modern Guide to Men's Wedding Attire in 2018

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Created in partnership with our friends at The Black Tux.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect suit for the one you love, yourself or groomsmen, it can be a daunting task. How formal does one go? What are the options for customizing? Will you be out thousands of dollars for the perfect fit? We partnered with our friends at The Black Tux to take the hassle out of renting men’s wedding attire. They’ve simplified the rental process with home delivery, modern fits and on-trend styles. There’s even a men's wedding attire style guide for quick and easy reference when you need a straightforward answer.

From velvet tux jackets fit for a creative black tie affair to palm print pocket squares suited for a laid back ceremony, we've broken down five of the most common wedding formalities and how to sport them this year.

Reporter: Alyssa Brown
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Black Tie

Black tie – the most formal and fancy one of the bunch – may leave the least room for creativity but a lot of room for dressing dapper. Choose a black or midnight blue, single button tuxedo paired with black shoes, a white pocket square and button studs or cufflinks.
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Black Tie: Devil’s in the Details

Go on you handsome devil, you. Go for the merino wool black tuxedo that has black tie formality with a grosgrain ribbon detail. Top it off with the right cuff links, button studs and a nice pair of leather shoes to be the golden boy of black tie.
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Black Tie: Slick Silk

Ladies, take note for the dapper gent in your life. This classic silk peak lapel look is the perfect option for a black tie evening wedding in fall or winter. It’s surprisingly lightweight too with side vents for extra airflow when tearing up the dancefloor.
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Black Tie: Midnight Blues

Black tie weddings don’t mean men are limited to wearing the blackest black. In fact, a midnight blue tuxedo with black satin lapels paired with a black bowtie and black shoes should hit the perfect balance of in-code with a dash of personality. 
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Creative Black Tie

Take all of the glamour of a black tie affair but add a bit of personal flare. Get creative and have fun choosing the jacket, shoes, tie, pocket square, or shirt. While keeping the look elevated, creative black tie events allow perfect pairing with the bride or groomsmen to create a unique look fit for your individual personalities. 
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Creative Black Tie: Red Velvet

Just like dessert, this red velvet look is sweet. Elevated yet unexpected, this hollywood-esque tuxedo jacket is well suited for fall or winter evening affairs. Pair with a crisp shirt, black bow tie and patent leather shoes for a look that says, "smooth operator."
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Creative Black Tie: Chambray All Day

Headed to a creative black tie wedding at a private estate or vineyard in California? Go for a tux that’s both completely formal and has a light, outdoorsy quality to it. Enter the chambray tuxedo, which can be dialed up a notch with a bowtie or keep cool with a skinny tie.
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Creative Black Tie: Go Gingham

The trend forward ladies out there know gingham is the go-to print right now – a gingham tuxedo jacket is cool, modern and just what a summer wedding calls for. Keep it from skewing kitchsy with minimal accessories and a sharp 'do. The super-fine Italian merino wool ensures this is a light, comfortable pick to wear through the night.
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Black Tie Optional

One small step down in formality, black tie optional weddings allow guests to wear suits should they not have a tuxedo. Keep it formal however, in navy or charcoal suits only and if a tux is near, throw it on. Pair with the same finishing touches as with black tie to elevate the look.  
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Black Tie Optional: Charcoal Ease

Mama said there’s nothing wrong with the basics, and this classic charcoal suit would certainly make mama proud. Workable for a black tie optional wedding just about anywhere and any time of year, this stunner looks great with brown leather dress shoes.
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Black Tie Optional: Classic Navy Suit

This classic navy number is perfect to wear to any wedding that’s black tie optional or more casual. Go for a slim pant and maybe a velvet slipper for the shoe.
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Cocktail

Cocktail attire weddings allow for a good amount of fashion freedom as suits are the ensemble of choice. Bring in your personality with your favorite semi-formal shoes, a colored shirt and a patterned pocket square, tie or bowtie. 
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Cocktail: Terrific Tan

Beach weddings, outdoor occasions and daytime events are made for suits of a lighter color way. This sandy tan option is a great one for the guy looking for something that feels light and breezy. Add a seersucker pocket square when going casual in the summertime.
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Cocktail: Stay With Grey

Light grey suits are always in style, but they’re especially good for daytime and cocktail style weddings. Keep it crisp with a white shirt for daytime or take it to a nighttime bash by adding a black shirt and black skinny tie.
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Cocktail: Bold Blue

A brighter blue hue that’s still in the navy family, this suit is a classic fit for any wedding that’s not black tie. Plus, it makes a great color option for men en masse a.k.a. groomsmen.
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Casual

Got personality? Get ready to show it. Casual attire weddings are all about showing off your unique style and the sky's the limit. Dress pants or chinos can be paired with any collared shirt plus blazer and pattern is welcomed. Bonus: Add fun accessories like velvet loafers, funky socks or no socks! 
Photo: Monique Serra
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Casual: Crisp Cotton For the Win

French cuffs and slipknot cufflinks make this shirt awesome under a jacket. No need for button covers here, as the buttons are hidden.
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Casual: Pocket Square Pop

A fun pocket square and classic bowtie go a long way in the wedding attire world. Don these bad boys with pretty much anything that isn’t a tux.
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Casual: Smooth in Suede

Dress down any ensemble (such as this tan suit) with these easy brown suede shoes. Perfect for transitioning seasons, these kicks work for a multitude of weddings. Day-to-night? Yep. Rockin' barn wedding? Of course. Coastal celebrations? You got it. Ditch the socks for added cool factor.
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The Choice Is Yours

From finding the perfect match to the wedding dress, groomsmen or a look that is 100% customized to the groom, The Black Tux has him covered. Explore more tuxedo, suit and accessory options at The Black Tux →

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