Here’s How to Get Through Wedding Season With Style (and Without Going Broke)

Maximize your wardrobes with his-and-hers outfits that can be dressed up or down for every wedding date on your calendar.
by Libby MacCarthy
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We know how it goes: Just as you’re putting the finishing touches on your own wedding, you find out you’re on the guest list for three more big days in the next six months. And while you obviously want to look amazing at all of them, you’re also not about to shell out for a new dress or suit for each one. That’s why we pulled together killer his-and-hers ensembles that can be dressed up or down for every “I do” date in your agenda. With the right Men’s Wearhouse suit in his closet (we recommend choosing one in navy or gray—those shades are the most versatile) and the right dress in yours, you’ll only need to swap accessories to take you from a laid-back bash in the countryside to a swanky soiree at a historic estate. And hey, if you’re lucky, he might even be able to repurpose his wedding suit.


Navy Suit & Navy Satin Wrap Dress

A tailored navy suit can easily transition from a more casual daytime wedding to an evening cocktail reception (or even to work). And a strappy midi-length wrap dress is wearable from summer into fall—just add a cropped jacket or wrap.

Navy suit and navy satin wrap dress

Dress Them Up

On Him: For a chic, modern wedding in the city, start with classic pieces like a French cuff dress shirt and sleek cap-toe oxfords, then layer on formal-yet-cool accessories: rose gold cuff links, a metallic tie and paisley pocket square. Give the look even more polish with a matching navy vest.

Awearness Kenneth Cole blue slim fit coatAwearness Kenneth Cole blue slim fit pants; Pronto Uomo white dress shirt; Joseph Abboud taupe and blue pocket silk; Joseph Abboud rose gold cuff links; Burma Bibas yellow micro dot tie; Florsheim black oxfords; all available at MensWearhouse.com


On Her:
This satin faux wrap dress with a flouncy tulip skirt exudes old-world glamour, especially when coupled with accessories like these jeweled heels, a metallic clutch and crystal earrings, which really bring the bling.

Cooper St Marilyn satin faux wrap dress, Nordstrom.com; Jewel Badgley Mischka Hayden embellished sandals, Macys.com; Metallic box clutch, Nordstrom.com; Kate Spade New York crystal floral earrings, Saksfifthavenue.com

Navy suit and satin wrap dress

Dress Them Down

On Him: For a beachfront celebration or an easygoing affair at the local yacht club, pair the same navy suit with a striped shirt, polka dot bow tie and boat shoes for a preppy-meets-nautical vibe. If the occasion allows, play it cool and skip the tie.

Awearness Kenneth Cole blue slim fit suit coat; Awearness Kenneth Cole blue slim fit suit pants; Calvin Klein blue slim fit dress shirt; Tommy Hilfiger blue and yellow dot tie and paisley pocket square set; Joseph Abboud Eastman brown boat shoes; all available at MensWearhouse.com


On Her: Satin always screams formal, but, when paired with punchy accessories, the evening vibes come down a notch. Yellow accents like these suede heels and earrings plus a raffia clutch give the ensemble a more casual feel.  

Cooper St Marilyn satin faux wrap dress, Nordstrom.com; Vince Camuto Carrelen suede bow sandals, Bloomingdales.com; Floral chained front-back earrings, Anthropologie.com; J. Crew fan rattan clutch, J.Crew.com


Gray Suit & Black Pleated Midi Dress

Suiting up in gray is a surefire way to nail just about any dress code (except black tie, of course). This go-anywhere black dress is its ideal companion—and the silhouette is so flattering.

Gray suit and black pleated midi dress

Dress Them Up

On Him: For a wedding at a historic estate, add the vest and black monk-strap kicks to up the formality, then mix sophisticated patterns and unexpected accents like stone cuff links to show some style savvy.

Egara gray slim fit suit coatEgara gray slim fit dress pantsPronto Uomo white dress shirtJoseph Abboud black dot pocket silk; Joseph Abboud black narrow tieBelvedere Amico black monk-strap shoesJoseph Abboud stone and gunmetal cuff links; all available at MensWearhouse.com 


On Her: Vertical pleating adds a symmetric sophistication to this midi dress with side slits that’s elegant enough for any formal affair. Platinum stilettos are always a dressy detail, while a hot pink clutch and bold bloom earrings keep the look fashion-forward.  

Vince crinkled plissé-crepe midi dress, net-a-porter.com; Dahlia flower drop earrings, Baublebar.com; Sam Edelman Ariella sandals, Bloomingdales.com; Ted Baker matinee purse, ASOS.com

Gray suit and black pleated midi dress

Dress Them Down

On Him: Woodland weddings, fetes on the farm and backyard bashes call for a breezy yet refined look. Take style cues from the rustic setting with a plaid tie, a printed shirt—and, yes!—suspenders.

Egara gray slim fit coat; Egara gray slim fit dress pants; Calvin Klein light blue check slim fit dress shirt; Egara black stripe clip suspenders; Calvin Klein blue plaid narrow tie; Joseph Abboud tan plain toe oxfords; all available at MensWearhouse.com


On Her: Thanks to playful pink accessories like chunky-heeled suede sandals, a tassel-clad clutch, and swingy earrings, a classic black midi dress becomes casual enough for an outdoor setting.

Vince crinkled plissé-crepe midi dress, net-a-porter.com; Sameria drop earrings, Baublebar; Leith suede clutch, Nordstrom.com; Sam Edelman Odila sandal, Nordstrom.com


The Knot and Men’s Wearhouse Present Groom Style—a sponsored series full of inspiration and advice for putting together the perfect look for your wedding events. To check out more of the latest styles, visit MensWearhouse.com.

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