Q&A: What to Wear to a Tropical Wedding

November 16th, 2007

Q: What colour should my suit be if I’m wearing it to a late afternoon wedding in a tropical country?  Dress code is "coat and tie."

 Ben Sherman \'Kensington\' Seersucker Suit
A: 
“Coat and tie” is an unusual dress code.  There are standard rules for black tie, black tie optional, etc., but “coat and tie” seems vague. It may sound silly, but you can judge the formality of the wedding based on the appearance of the invitation.  Is the font and overall appearance of the card more casual?  A suit will be just fine.  Is the writing calligraphy and formal?  You’ll probably need a tuxedo.

Still unsure?  I would go so far as to even call the happy couple (or someone else that would know).  I’m sure they wouldn’t mind the question and would probably appreciate your respecting the special nature of the event.

For the most part, it doesn’t matter where the wedding takes place, tropical or not. Wear what you would wear to a normal wedding.  My guess is that “coat and tie” means black tie optional.  What to wear to a black tie optional wedding?  It’s pretty standard: a simple dark colored suit, crisp white shirt and your (tasteful) choice of tie.  Since you’re going to be in a tropical climate, however, lighter colors (e.g. beige, white) are also acceptable.  You could also consider wearing a cream tropical dinner jacket. 

The only other thing to consider is footwear.  If the wedding is on a beach, go barefoot and bring a towel to wipe the sand off your feet.

Pictured:  Ben Sherman ‘Kensington’ Seersucker Suit | $595 at Nordstrom.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jlowe  |  November 17th, 2007 at 3:36 am

    Wow… There seems to be a lot of insecurity about what to wear to weddings! thanks for the advice. :)

  • 2. Trisha  |  November 20th, 2007 at 2:34 am

    Indeed :) We get a lot of wedding related questions, not only from members of the wedding party–but also from wedding guests. Glad to see that people care about how they look at such a special event!

  • 3. John  |  November 22nd, 2007 at 1:59 am

    Guys, check out the December 2007 American GQ for a “How To” on “Black Tie” and “White Tie” (although chances are, you probably won’t need to know White Tie) events.

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