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What to wear to a beach wedding

We are accustomed to weddings being a very formal affair. Yet, the beach is all about relaxing and having fun. So how do you put together an outfit that’s appropriately elegant for a wedding but not too dressed-up for the beach? Here are some key pieces to consider and what to wear them with.

Sport Coat

A sport coat makes an excellent choice for those events, where a suit is considered too formal. It’s a great piece to wear when you want to emphasise elegance without looking stiff or corporate. An unstructured sport coat (without padding and which doesn’t fit rigidly) will soften your look, maintaining its elegance but at the same time, giving a more laid-back appearance. For maximum comfort, opt for a sport coat that is either completely or at least partially unlined, as often, the lining traps heat.

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Since a tie is not an option to consider here, opt for a light fabric shirt with a Mandarin collar, or even one that’s collarless. It will produce a neater look, as well as one that’s clearly in tune with the seaside ambiance.

Waistcoat

If it’s too hot for a sport coat, an elegant waistcoat makes a great substitute. It’s not as dressy, so you want to dress it up a little so as not to end up looking too casual.

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Start by opting for a waistcoat in a classic colour, such as beige or blue. Wear it with a light-coloured semi-formal shirt (traditional  stiff collar) and elegant trousers. Anything that’s too bright or fancy might tilt the balance towards the ‘casual’, so consider this when coordinating colours.

Trousers

Shorts and jeans are too casual, even for the most relaxed of beach weddings. Sometimes, even chinos might look too dress-down for the occasion. Ideally, opt for trousers with slanting pockets, which give a more elegant touch than e.g. round pockets,  which are typically used for jeans and very casual trousers.

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For that typical beachside look, consider rolling up your trouser-legs to ankle-level or slightly higher (if you’re on the tall side). However, this works best with slim-fitting trousers.

Shoes

Being the beach, you don’t want anything that’s too polished. Not only will they most likely look out-of-place, they will also end up making a rather uncomfortable choice.

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Consider a pair of moccasins instead. Not only are they super comfortable and elegant, they are also highly versatile. They look great with dressier outfits whilst also complementing casual outfits by taking them up a notch or two on the ‘elegance scale’.

Final word

The key to putting together a great outfit for a beach wedding is to aim for the right balance between elegance and laid-back. Of course some weddings might be more formal or relaxed than others but generally, your outfit should look elegant, light, and comfortable.  

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What to wear to a Maltese wedding

Most foreigners’ first experience of a Maltese wedding is one of utter amazement. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined being a guest, at what often feels like a re-creation of a royal wedding. If the look on their face doesn’t give it away, their distinctively casual outfits are proof enough, of how unprepared they were for what was awaiting them. If only someone had told them before. That would have saved them the awkwardness and disapproving looks from the other guests.

You see, there is no such thing as a simple, relaxed Maltese wedding. Without the pomp, extravagance, and a dose of kitsch to make things more eclectic, it wouldn’t be worth the effort. Regardless of whether it’s a classical or a beach wedding, it’ll always be a grand affair for which, every guest is expected to make the effort to look their very best. So if you’re wondering what you should be wearing to your first Maltese wedding, here are some of the wardrobe pieces to definitely consider.

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Suits

To a classical wedding, as most weddings tend to be, most men will opt for a suit. If the invitation doesn’t specify a dress code, assume this will be the case. Timeless colours, such as navy, grey, and black are the most popular choices with beige being a summer favourite; because even if a heatwave is on, you’re still expected to wear a suit.

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Sport Coat

For a more intimate wedding, a slightly less conservative outfit but which is still elegant, makes a more appropriate choice. Here, consider a sport coat without elbow patches, as your alternative to a suit. Whilst one can never go wrong with classic colours, a fancy sport coat can make it easier to add a bolder colour or pattern to an outfit, without making too much of a style statement, as long as the other outfit pieces are in neutral tones.

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Waistcoat

Although not most men’s preferred choice, a waistcoat is ideal for a vintage-themed wedding, or when it’s just too warm. Being less formal than a jacket, make sure the waistcoat doesn’t have any patch pockets or fit too loosely. These, as well as a fabric texture that isn’t smooth, make a waistcoat look more casual than elegant. To keep your outfit looking dressy, opt for a waistcoat in the same colour as the trousers.

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Accessories

It is the norm for men to wear a tie or bow tie, especially when wearing a suit. Bow ties are the preferred choice for men, whose style is less conservative. If opting for a waistcoat instead of a jacket, a tie or bow tie is highly recommended, as they compensate for the more casual look, that is the result of the absence of a jacket. However, for less formal summer weddings and if wearing a jacket, it is not uncommon for men to do away with the tie/bow tie. In that case, a pocket square and lapel pin will complete your outfit, adding a touch of sophistication, as well as personal style.

Final Word

Whilst there are no strict rules as to what to wear, and it is becoming more common to come across different outfit styles at weddings, there are nevertheless, lines that should never be crossed. That includes anything that results in an outfit looking too casual. T-shirts, shorts, jeans, and sports shoes are the kind of clothing you will never see worn at a Maltese wedding, for doing so, might cause offence. Remember, you are less likely to be overdressed than underdressed, because the latter is always frowned upon, so no one wants to take the risk.

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How to wear a beige sport coat

Some colours seem appropriate only for a particular season. Just like black is associated with cold weather, beige is a colour for warmer days. Light, fresh, and versatile it’s one of those colours that are practical in many ways – as well as timeless. In this post, we focus on one particular item that should feature in every man’s wardrobe – the beige sport coat. Suitable for any time of day and pairs well with most other colours, it’s one of those basic pieces that make a man’s life easier – and that includes young, as well as fair-skinned men.

Wearing a beige sport coat according to one’s skin tone

Beige is a summer favourite not only because compared to darker colours, it looks light and fresh in the heat but also because of how well it complements tanned. As a general rule, when choosing an outfit, one should aim for some contrast between the outfit’s colour scheme and one’s skin tone. Without contrast, the resulting image will be one of utter dullness.

A sport coat is a top layer and therefore, when considering if a colour suits one’s complexion or not, cannot be seen on its own. The deciding factor is the shirt one wears under the sport coat and its colour should be chosen with the need for contrast in mind.

Men with darker skin tones will look best with shirts in lighter colours, such as white and pastel colours. This not only creates a direct contrast between the shirt and skin tone but also maintains the element of contrast throughout the upper half of the outfit.

On the other hand, on men with lighter skin tones, a beige sport coat will not create any significant contrast. This will have to be created by means of a shirt in a strong colour, such as royal blue or violet. A strong coloured-shirt has the added benefit of keeping the focus on the wearer’s face – as should be.

Wearing a beige sport coat to work

Being a neutral colour, beige is a safe colour to wear to most places, including workplaces where some degree of flexibility and personal preference is tolerated. For a professional look, a shirt in a solid colour, such as white or sky blue (especially if fair-skinned) is an unbeatable choice. Keep the trousers in a neutral colour. Ideally, so as to add visual interest, aim for a bit of contrast between the trousers’ colour and the rest of the outfit. If wearing a tie, aim for a colour that approximates that of trousers. This not only adds an element of continuity along the upper and lower halves of the outfit but also balances the soft look resulting from the light colours of the sport coat and shirt.

Of course this very much depends on one’s workplace. In certain corporate environments, such as banks or law firms, any form of deviation from black and charcoal are typically frowned upon. On the other hand, more work environments are promoting a less formal atmosphere, which also applies to their dress code.

Wearing a beige sport coat as part of a smart casual outfit

As a light colour, beige is ideal for summer morning events. It certainly feels more comfortable than other classical options like navy or brown. In addition, in tune with the relaxed and less formal atmosphere that prevails in summer, a beige sport coat will not look too casual at an evening event.

When coordinating an outfit for a social event, the choice of colours should mainly depend on the event itself. A classical look is always a safe bet. Sticking to neutral colours, one can add a brighter and more adventurous streak through a pocket square or neckwear.

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As a neutral colour, there are many options that can be considered, as long as the result is appropriate for the event, including setting and crowd.