Stylish Wedding Suits Perfect for Dad
Looking for the ideal wedding day ensemble for your dad? Check out these suits for every kind of nuptial.
Deciding exactly which suit your dad should wear to your wedding can be difficult, since there are a surprising number of suit options out there. It’s a good idea to keep this rule of thumb in mind: If he looks like he’s headed to the office, he’s doing it wrong. While you don’t have to opt for a top hat and tails, your dad’s look should feel extra-polished for your wedding day.
Our advice? Let the formality and location of your wedding dictate your dad’s attire. For a formal wedding, opt for a classic black tux. If your wedding is semiformal or casual, there’s more room for experimentation. Consider suits in navy or gray, and don’t be afraid to let him mix it up with a lighter linen or seersucker suit for a garden or beach wedding. If your dad is a “cool dad” (read: more fashion-forward than your average Joe), consider bolder accessories like a printed pocket square or tie to round out a less formal look. As far as footwear is concerned, lace-ups and oxfords will give his style a sophisticated finishing touch—especially after a little polish.
Check out our favorite father of the bride suits below.
A formal affair calls for a classic black tux. Consider one with bold peak lapels and a sharp satin trim for an extra-dapper look.
Justin Alexander black tux, from $115 to rent, Xedo.com
Who says dad can’t be a little edgy? A dark blue suit is a safe bet for a semiformal wedding: It’s just ever-so-slightly fashion-forward, but not over the top.
J.Crew Ludlow tuxedo jacket in Italian wool, $525, JCrew.com
A crisp cotton-wool suit is vintage inspired but still traditional enough to be wedding worthy.
The Black Tux gray suit, rent from $110, TheBlackTux.com
Elevate a classic, structured wool suit with a subtle plaid print. A tonal pattern (or one with different tones of the same color) adds unique appeal without appearing too bold.
Brooks Brothers Fitzgerald Fit BrooksCool plaid suit, $698, BrooksBrothers.com
A three-piece linen suit offers a variety of options for warm-weather occasions—he can wear the full ensemble for a buttoned-up look, or mix and match the pieces for a more casual event.
Calvin Klein tan linen suit coat, $350, MensWearhouse.com
Add detail and dimension to your dad’s look with a micro-check pattern in an understated slate blue.
Banana Republic BR Monogram navy wool silk linen suit jacket, $450, BananaRepublic.com
Opt for a simple cotton twill suit with narrow lapels and a shorter jacket for an of-the-moment aesthetic. Another plus: This breathable light fabric will stand up to the summer heat.
Ralph Lauren Morgan cotton suit, $895, RalphLauren.com