Let’s start this post about men’s fashion and style talking about wedding and how to dress for it when you’re a guest. I never met a man who was glad to attend a wedding. As far as I know, when it comes to a wedding ceremony almost every man thinks “oh no, what am I going to wear?” or “oh no, I have to wear a tie”. Is this a cliché? And when the wedding is set in the hottest months of the year, it’s even worse. It’s understandable. Male elegance is still associated with being very dressed, while women can look well put together even with a light frock and the right accessories.
Since writing a post about wedding dress code would have been pretty complicated, I decided to keep it simple and give you some fundamental advice. I asked some experts in etiquette so what you’re going to read is sure as hell.
You can never go wrong wearing a blue suit and a white shirt. The hue of blue depends on your age and the location and the type of wedding. Socks are not particularly popular now but, unless you will attend a wedding on a beach, wear socks. Knee high and ribbed socks in blue or in black are considered a perfect choice. I have a thing for silk socks. And since silk is a thermoregulator fabric, your feet and calves won’t be too hot. A discreet tie is a must but it’s better not to wear it at all, instead of wearing it loose. Lace-up shoes are another must. These are the main rules when it comes to dressing for a wedding.
Alexander McQueen said that “you’ve got to know the rules to break them”.
I love men elegantly dressed but I think a man can find his own elegance, regardless of blue suits and white shirts. Being true to oneself is important and being respectful towards other people is important, as well. Some people think that clothes are merely pieces of fabrics we use to cover ourselves and that they don’t count but going to a ceremony dressed like you’re going to the supermarket only proves you think the event you’re attending doesn’t require an effort. A stylish, polite man can always find the perfect balance between personal style and etiquette.
If you can afford (and want) to buy Tom Ford clothes and accessories, you basically can’t go wrong with Mr Ford when it comes to class and elegance.
I read an article on GQ about why we need to wear sunglasses (not for stylish reasons, but health reasons). Besides the fact that I don’t know how people can go without sunglasses, I’ve always thought that men with the right sunglasses are so handsome.
Need I say more?
CINEMA AND STYLE INSPIRATION
If you haven’t seen “American Gigolo” you must watch it. The film, directed by Paul Schrader, is not particularly good but it’s famous and still celebrated for the clothes of its male protagonist, Richard Gere. If I think about “American Gigolo”, three things come to my mind. Richard Gere exercising upside down, Richard Gere matching jackets, shirts, and ties and “Call Me” by Blondie (the score is by Giorgio Moroder) . The wardrobe of Gere, who plays Julian Kaye, an escort who lives and works in Los Angeles, was mainly designed by Giorgio Armani, whose career skyrocketed after the release of the film (in 1980).
And since I love quotes…
WHAT WOMEN WANT
Pool floats. Let’s keep this topic light, this time! It’s summer, it’s hot (at least where most of the readers of this blog live) and people are in the mood for having good and relaxing time, possibly by the sea or by a swimming pool. Women particularly like pool floats, they’re so cute and comfortable. And Instagram-friendly.
Unicorn and flamingos are lovely but a bit hackneyed, so what about something more different? I found a French brand that makes beautiful and chic inflatable accessories. It’s called the nice fleet.