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Sustainable Style: A Guide to Wedding Guest Suits in 2023

Gentlemen, wedding season, is here, and it's time to dress to impress. But why settle for just looking good when you can also positively impact the environment? We're diving into the world of sustainable style, bringing you a comprehensive guide to fashionable wedding suits that are both stylish and eco-friendly. Whether you're the groom, a groomsman, or simply a guest, this guide will help you navigate the latest trends in sustainable menswear, ensuring you look dashing while reducing your ecological footprint.

The Perfect Wedding Guest Suit

Attending a wedding as a guest is an opportunity to showcase your style and sophistication. Choosing the perfect suit for such an occasion requires careful consideration of the dress code, the season, and your taste. This guide will explore the elements that make up the ideal wedding guest suit, ensuring you look sharp, stylish, and ready to celebrate the special day.

Fit is Key:

The first rule of finding the perfect wedding guest suit is ensuring a flawless fit. Whether you opt for a slim fit or a more relaxed silhouette, ensure the suit is tailored to your body shape. A well-fitted suit not only enhances your appearance but also boosts your confidence.

Classic Colors:

Regarding wedding guest suits, classic colors like navy, charcoal gray, and black are always safe choices. These colors exude timeless elegance and allow you to create versatile looks for various wedding themes and seasons. If you prefer a touch of personality, consider subtle patterns like pinstripes or checks.

Fabrics for the Season:

The choice of fabric plays a significant role in both comfort and style. Choosing the right fabric ensures you stay comfortable throughout the festivities. Lightweight and breathable fabrics like linen or cotton blends are ideal for summer weddings. For colder months, opt for wool or tweed for added warmth. 

Attention to Details:

Pay attention to the details that elevate your wedding guest suit to the next level. A well-pressed dress shirt, a stylish tie or bow tie, and well-polished dress shoes are essential. Remember accessories like a pocket square, cufflinks, and a stylish belt to add a touch of personality and sophistication to your ensemble.

Dress Code Deciphered:

Black Tie Wedding Attire

For a black-tie wedding, you'll want to exude elegance and sophistication. Opt for a classic black tuxedo with a tailored fit. Pair it with a crisp white dress shirt, a black bow tie, and patent leather shoes. Add a touch of personality with a pocket square or cufflinks that complement your outfit. Remember to pay attention to details, such as properly fitted trousers and a well-tailored jacket, to ensure a polished look.

Black Tie Optional

While a tuxedo is preferred, a well-fitted suit with attention to detail still makes you stand out in style. A dark suit in navy or charcoal gray can be a great alternative to a tuxedo. Pair it with a white dress shirt, a conservative tie, and dress shoes. If the dress code is black tie optional, you have some flexibility while aiming for a formal appearance.

Creative Black Tie

A creative black tie dress code allows for a touch of individuality. You can play with colors and patterns, but keep it tasteful and refined. Consider a stylish suit in a unique fabric or color paired with a patterned dress shirt, like our Lavender Floral Geo Print, and a statement bow tie or tie. Complete the look with polished dress shoes and accessories that complement your ensemble while maintaining a sophisticated flair.

Cocktail Attire

Cocktail attire calls for a smart and semi-formal look. Opt for a well-tailored suit in a classic color like charcoal gray or navy. Pair it with a crisp dress shirt, a patterned tie, and leather shoes. Feel free to add a pocket square or a tie clip to enhance your outfit's overall appeal. Remember, cocktail attire should be polished and refined, striking the perfect balance between formal and relaxed.

Casual Wedding Attire

You can embrace a more relaxed and comfortable style for a casual wedding while still looking put-together. Consider wearing a lightweight suit in a breathable fabric like linen or cotton. Opt for light colors such as beige or light gray. Pair it with a casual shirt, a knit tie, and loafers or suede shoes. You can experiment with patterns and textures to add a touch of personality, creating a laid-back yet stylish wedding guest look.

What To Wear When There Is No Dress Code

When the invitation doesn't specify a dress code, it's best to err on the side of caution and aim for smart-casual attire. Choose a suit in a versatile color like navy or gray and pair it with a dress shirt, a tie, and leather dress shoes. It's better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed for such occasions. With a well-fitted suit, you'll be prepared for any scenario.

Tips for Keeping Looks Sustainable

When it comes to keeping your wedding guest suit looks sustainable, here are some tips to consider:

Choose Sustainable Fabrics:

Opt for suits made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp, linen, or Tencel. These fabrics are eco-friendly, requiring fewer pesticides, water, and energy during production. Look for certifications such as GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or OEKO-TEX to ensure the fabrics meet certain sustainability criteria. Our latest suit innovation, the Cooling Performance Suit, is made using recycled fabrics. 

Invest in Quality:

Choose well-made suits that are durable and built to last. Quality garments are more likely to withstand the test of time, reducing the need for frequent replacements. Look for suits with reinforced stitching and high-quality materials that can be worn on multiple occasions. 

Consider Pre-owned or Rental Options:

Instead of buying a brand-new suit, explore pre-owned or rental options. Renting a suit for a one-time event can significantly reduce your environmental impact. Alternatively, consider buying a pre-owned suit from thrift stores or online marketplaces. By giving these suits a second life, you contribute to the circular economy.

Opt for Timeless Styles:

Choose suit styles that are classic and versatile, allowing you to wear them for various occasions beyond weddings. Avoid trendy designs that may quickly go out of style, leading to a shorter lifespan for your suit.

Care for Your Suit:

Properly care for your suit to ensure it lasts longer. Regularly dry clean only when necessary, as excessive dry cleaning can harm the environment. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for washing and drying. Store your suit in a breathable garment bag to protect it from dust and moths when not in use.



At State of Matter, our sustainable wedding suit collection combines impeccable craftsmanship with a commitment to ethical and eco-friendly practices, from our use of organic and recycled fabrics to our transparent supply chain. So, if you're looking for a wedding suit that aligns with your values, I encourage you to explore State of Matter's collection. Together, we can make a difference and look incredible while doing so. Let's celebrate love, style, and sustainability at every wedding we attend.