Find the right suit color for your wedding outfit in our guide to men’s wedding suits, complete with tips for accessorizing wedding suits for men.
Before you choose the accessories—the shoes, the neckwear, or the cufflinks—you need to decide on a color for your wedding suit. Here’s why: When you lock in the color, you create a foundation for your wedding outfit.
That’s why our “choose your suit destiny” chart sits at the very beginning of this guide to men’s wedding suits. With a few bits of information about the wedding, we’ll recommend for one of four versatile suit colors: blue, grey, tan, or black.
Obviously, there’s more to consider when putting together a men’s wedding outfit. If you’re game for guidance, read on for specifics and recommendations for nailing your look.
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Blue Wedding Suits
Grey Wedding Suits
Tan Wedding Suits
Black Wedding Suits
Men’s Wedding Suits in Blue
Whether it’s the standard navy or a rich blue, you can’t really go wrong with a blue wedding suit. They work equally well with black or brown shoes, and bring out the color in your outfit’s accessories. That’s a good thing when you want your wedding colors to pop.
Navy Wedding Suit
If you’re a traditional guy, a navy suit will soften your wedding outfit without getting too playful (no horseplay, kiddos). A true navy men’s wedding suit is typically a pretty dark shade, so this works especially well for weddings that start in the evening and go into the nighttime.
While navy suits are a great choice for weddings that have more of a formal vibe than a casual one, the right accessories can keep the look low-key. Bow ties and black shoes will dress a navy suit up, while brown shoes and neckties should mellow out an outfit anchored by a navy suit.
Recommended Navy Wedding Suit Accessories:
Cotton Dress Shirt, Ivory Pindot Silk Bow Tie, Brown Quad Pocket Square, Black Watch Tartan Necktie, Gold Texture Cufflinks, Brown Leather Shoes
Blue Wedding Suit
One benefit of wearing a blue men’s wedding suit is that it will complement virtually every color you pair it with—even black gets a punch from the blues. While you could call it a modern style, blue suits aren’t necessarily trendy, so you can (thankfully) skip the neon green sock sneakers. (Actually, you can just always skip those.)
Compared with navy, a blue suit sets you up for a more casual wedding outfit. It’s also better for a daytime wedding, because its color isn’t quite as dark. When choosing accessories for a blue suit, you have options. You can either go big on color—think a bright pocket square—or hold back in favor of monochromatic blues and greys. Or both? Both, for sure.
Recommended Blue Wedding Suit Accessories: Blue Dress Shirt, Navy Plaid Linen Bow Tie, Yellow Quad Pocket Square, Grey Cotton Necktie, Silver Plaque Cufflinks, Brown Suede Shoes
Men’s Wedding Suits in Grey
The grey suit is a staple for a simple reason—it’s formal, but can be dressed down easily enough. Still, it’s important to choose the right shade of grey suit for the season, time of day, or overall style of your wedding. And you’ve got a few options.
Charcoal Wedding Suit
Like the navy men’s wedding suit above, charcoal is a traditional suit color that’s great for formal and/or evening weddings that aren’t quite in the tux territory of black tie or black tie optional dress codes.
The dark charcoal color means a crisp white dress shirt will really pop, but you can still see this fabric’s texture which makes it a little easier to wear than a full-on black suit. Charcoal is also great in the fall and winter, especially paired with a vest.
Recommended Charcoal Wedding Suit Accessories: Fly-Front Dress Shirt, Ivory Textured Silk Knit Bow Tie, Linen Shoestring Pocket Square, Black Knit Tie, Charcoal Vest, Patent Leather Wood Sole Shoes
Grey Wedding Suit
If you’re looking for versatility—a suit you can match with anything—grey is the way to go. It’s equal parts formal and casual, and the medium grey works for both daytime and evening weddings. The grey suit gets the green light for any season, and also, you can apparently use it as a bottle opener (look it up), so… yes, it does everything.
Okay, no—you can’t actually use a suit as a bottle opener. Unless it’s a twist-off. But metaphorically, the grey suit is the Swiss army knife of men’s wedding suits. While we’re really into a blue-on-grey palate, you can pair just about any hue (even more grey if you want) with a grey suit, with no fear and zero regrets. Sort of like adding extra cheese to a pizza. Grey suit = pizza.
Recommended Grey Wedding Suit Accessories: Blue Dress Shirt, Navy Pindot Silk Bow Tie, Blue Quad Pocket Square, Silver Knit Tie, Silver Pearl Cufflinks, Brown Leather Shoes
Light Grey Wedding Suit
There’s something breezy about a light grey suit. It gives your look a chill, whimsical element to your look that’s perfect for a wedding. It shows respect for the occasion but embodies how relaxed and ready you are. You’re relaxed and ready, right? Yeah? Good answer.
Light grey is best for daytime weddings in the spring and summer, and it’s the perfect option for a rustic men’s wedding suit. Light grey also makes it okay to have a little fun with your accessories. Socks, cufflinks, and neckwear can all loosen up—not literally with the tie, though. (#DadJokes)
Recommended Light Grey Wedding Suit Accessories: Pink Dress Shirt, Navy and White Seersucker Bow Tie, White Linen Pocket Square, Burgundy Knit Necktie, Vinyl Record Cufflinks, Brown Suede Shoes
Men’s Wedding Suits in Tan
If you were vibing on the light grey, allow us to introduce you to the ultimate in summer men’s wedding suits—the tan suit. If this is a beach wedding, a tan suit should definitely be on your wedding attire short list.
Tan would also be a solid suit choice for any spring or summer wedding, or for a destination wedding in tropical climates. Like light grey, its tan fabric will keep you cooler in the sun than say, a charcoal or navy suit. Browns work well together, but for a bold contrasting look, try black accessories with a tan suit.
Recommended Tan Wedding Suit Accessories: White Dress Shirt, White Linen Necktie, Banana Leaf Pocket Square, Black Polka Dot Bow Tie, Silver Dots Cufflinks, White Linen Necktie, Black Grosgrain Loafers
Men’s Wedding Suits in Black
While the classic black tuxedo shines in basic black and white, you’ll want to use more color—either with your dress shirt or accessories—if you’re set on a black men’s wedding suit.
Warning: this is probably not the best option for spring or summer weddings. As the saying goes, a hot man in a suit is an angry man in a suit. But the black suit is absolutely fair game for the fall or winter months. Just skip the vest (for weddings) to avoid a blackout.
Recommended Black Wedding Suit Accessories: Pink Dress Shirt, Merlot Velvet Bow Tie, Coral Quad Pocket Square, Navy Pinstripe Linen Necktie, Gold Onyx Cufflinks, Black Leather Wood Sole Shoes
Matching Your Groomsmen
Your wedding day is a big deal, so choosing men’s wedding suits for your groomsmen is too. If you want to coordinate your look with the wedding party, that often means renting, (which may or may not give you anxiety).
First, you and your groomspeople don’t have to wear matching outfits. Instead, your looks can complement one another with accessories (neckties vs. bow ties, pocket squares, dress shirts, etc.) paired with the same suit. Learn more about choosing groomsmen suits here, or watch the video below for a primer.
And renting a wedding suit? That used to make us anxious too, which is why we changed it.
We design our own suits and tuxedos with higher standards and a better, modern fit. Plus, we make it easy to choose men’s wedding suits for your entire wedding party, help them find their perfect fit, and track their orders entirely online. (Oh, and we deliver.)
Whether you’re looking to rent or own the suit, we’ve got you.