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Dear men, this is how to dress when attend­ing a wed­ding (Pho­tos)

Leave those jeans at home please

Styl­ish cou­ple  (Insta­gram iamdi­vanista)

When it comes to wed­dings, women have loads of options on what to wear to the wed­ding. The men how­ev­er, not so much.

The great thing about being a male wed­ding guest though is you always have the safe option of wear­ing a suit. Still, you should con­sid­er some things such as the weath­er, stip­u­lat­ed dress code if any, loca­tion and whether you want to match with your part­ner or not. Sad­ly, Kenyan men do the bare min­i­mum when it comes to dress­ing up for wed­dings. You’ll lit­er­al­ly see a man with a puff jack­et and jeans at a wed­ding. Sure­ly, make the effort even if it’s just this one time. Dress­ing up for a wed­ding is not so hard, you basi­cal­ly want to make sure that you’re com­fort­able and dap­per, with­out steal­ing the shine from the groom. For a wed­ding, you’re bet­ter off over­dressed than under­dressed. Here are wed­ding guest out­fits you can con­sid­er:

1. You always have the for­mal suit option.

Nor­mal­ly, for a wed­ding, you can get away with any col­or but you should be care­ful not to end up look­ing like you’re part of the grooms­men. A gray or navy suit is always a safe option espe­cial­ly if you don’t want to trou­ble your­self try­ing to cre­ate the per­fect wed­ding ensem­ble.

Bryson Okut in a smart offi­cial suit ‑wed­ding style inspi­ra­tion  (Insta­gram cittifficial_klothing)

2. A casu­al suit look.

Go for a pas­tel suit paired with a band col­lar shirt for instance or even a flo­ral shirt. Ditch the belt and tie and com­plete the look with a pair of loafers worn with­out socks.

Fash­ion enthu­si­ast Noble Igwe rock­ing a casu­al suit — wed­ding attire inspi­ra­tion  (Insta­gram noble_igwe)

3. Anoth­er safe option is a cus­tom made out­fit.

Your tai­lor is your best friend when you have no out­fit to wear. Think of a tunic shirt paired with match­ing cropped pants. This is sim­ple ele­gance and very wed­ding friend­ly as you don’t have to wor­ry about remov­ing the blaz­er if it gets too hot.

Agba­da style for men — wed­ding style inspi­ra­tion  (Pin­ter­est)

4. Seprates.

You could mix casu­al pieces with for­mal pieces. For instance, pair your casu­al pants with a blaz­er and shirt. You could either go for a tie or bow tie or leave it as is. Think of a Ralf Lau­ren blaz­er thrown over styl­ish chi­nos and a tucked in dress shirt. Fab!

Jamal Gaddafi look­ing dap­per — wed­ding style inspi­ra­tion  (Insta­gram jamal­gaddafiof­fi­cial)

5. Good old Ankara.

Albeit a lit­tle over­rat­ed, an Ankara out­fit is always a wed­ding guest option. Care­ful though to select prints and col­ors that don’t come off as too busy lest you end up look­ing like a cat­a­stro­phe about to hap­pen. Sub­tle prints and col­ors will do.

Ankara suit for a male wed­ding guest  (Cour­tesy)

6. Match with your part­ner.

If you’re attend­ing the wed­ding with your wife or girl­friend, you could opt to go for the his & hers theme and twin in match­ing tai­lor made out­fits.

Cou­ple twin­ning in Ankara out­fits — Wed­ding guest attire inspi­ra­tion  (Cour­tesy)

7. If you don’t want to wear a suit,

Casu­al pants such as chi­nos or even linen pants paired with a nice dress shirt and a care­ful­ly select­ed pair of shoes is total­ly fine. This is espe­cial­ly a per­fect look for a beach wed­ding or very hot wed­ding.

Casu­al wed­ding attire for a male guest  (Insta­gram gabrielaki­nosho)

8. Don’t shy off from acces­soriz­ing.

Sun­glass­es? A cane even? Yes sir! Wed­dings are all about bring­ing your fash­ion A game.

Acces­soriz­ing an out­fit for a wed­ding  (Insta­gram noble_igwe)

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