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Style Advisor: The New Formal Event Dressing

Style Advisor: The New Formal Event Dressing

The summer season is here, along with a tide of invitations to weddings, barbecues, rooftop parties and the races. Bored of stuffy suits? Don’t worry. With relaxed dress codes on the rise and more opportunity than ever to put your own stamp on your formal attire, it’s time to rethink your occasion wardrobe. In preparation, we’ve put together this guide to what to wear to an event according to the new rules of formal dressing.

A male model wearing a white oversized Valentino shirt buttoned to the colar with a large black Valentino VLOGO graphic across the chest and sleeves, black Gucci cargo pants and black oversized Alexander McQueen trainers.


A white shirt is still the ground-zero of formal dressing, but this season designers are playing with proportions, prints and logos to put a modern spin on the tried-and-tested classic. From subtly embroidered collars at Gucci to Valentino’s oversized VLOGO shirt, it’s a new dawn for the humble white shirt.


From the perfect pair of loafers to a smart set of sunglasses, your accessories speak volumes at any event and are a great way to add some personality to a suit. Look to Saint Laurent and Gucci for the slickest shades of the season, or try a luxurious tie or pocket square for extra gentlemanly kudos.

A head shot of a male model wearing a white and blue oversized Gucci striped shirt and a pair of gold framed Gucci sunglasses with a double brow bar and dark lenses
A male model sat down wearing a brown Fendi Double F logo short sleeved shirt buttoned to the neck and a pair of black trousers


If formal dressing isn’t really your thing, you’re in luck. Dress codes have been relaxed and with laid-back weddings on the rise, the vibe is only getting chiller. Think short-sleeved camp collar shirts, cotton trousers and artisanal accessories. Ideal for a summer barbecue or a blissed-out wedding on the beach.


Gone are the days when the only acceptable attire for an event was a morning or lounge suit (unless, of course, the dress code stipulates one.) Give your outfit some added flair with frayed hems and a pair of louche loafers, or team chinos with an oversized linen blazer for a stylishly bohemian feel.

A male model sat on a leather chair wearing a blue and white stripe oversized Gucci shirt buttoned to the neck, black Neil Barratt trousers with frayed hems and black Gucci horsebit loafers

Photography: Matthew Brann