Got a bunch of summer weddings on the docket, but so out of practice getting dressed for formal events that you’re out here Googling “men’s suits for wedding guest”? Have no fear: your pals at GQ are here to help you get back out there, dominating the dance floor, in the proper head-turning wedding attire. If the dress code isn’t black-tie—ie you can’t simply dust off your trusty tuxedo and bow-tie—there’s a whole world of stylish, affordable suiting options out there for you to explore.
Whether you’re heading to a beach wedding or a ballroom, one of the groomsmen or just somebody’s plus-one, we’ve tracked down a dozen perfect wedding suits to get you through the season. Oh, yeah, and we kept them all under $600—most of them well under—because lord knows weddings are hard enough on your wallet as it is. Regardless of where you stand on the modern suiting spectrum, there’s something here for you: classic blue suits with notch lapels, full That Guy madras numbers, boxy Japanese workwear-inspired joints. You’ll look good enough to attract attention, but not so good that anyone will accuse you of trying to upstage the bride.
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The Classic Pick
This isn’t just a good wedding suit—this is a good do-everything, buy-this-and-never-worry-about-it-again suit…that also happens to be wedding appropriate. That ever-versatile navy color is the ideal canvas for your boldest style swerves, and the classic cut means you could—and should!—wear the jacket and pants as separates all season long.
The Mall Brand Pick
When you’re shopping for an affordable suit, J.Crew’s infamous Ludlow model is still a solid bet—especially done up in a nappy, unlined cotton-linen blend. The trick to pulling off linen? Lean into the wrinkles.
The Beach Wedding Pick
The Ludlow isn’t the only suit in the Crew’s repertoire. This one’s basically a chore jacket (with a matching set of pants), but cut just-so to make it feel appropriate for slightly more formal occasions, like beach weddings.
The Destination Wedding Pick
The next time you trek halfway across the world to celebrate a pal tying the knot, make your life a little easier by packing one (1) lightweight navy blue suit you can wear the whole weekend. Pair it with a white shirt and dark knit tie for the ceremony, and then swap ’em for button-front polo once you finally score some free time to explore the destination.
The Office-Ready Pick
Your lightweight, office-ready wools look decidedly more chill with a casual-leaning 3-button stance and wide-fit trousers.
The Risky Business Pick
A crisp white suit is always a high risk-high reward proposition. But if you can successfully avoid the adults clutching overly-full glasses of merlot while their small children run amok with the cake-stained hands, it’s a swerve that will yield dividends down the line—especially if you like your ROI in the form of double -takes. Pair it with a printed button-up at more casual affairs, and a fresh white dress shirt and navy tie when you don’t want to steal too Much attention from the real stars of the shindig. (Tide pens—plural!—sold separately.)
The Pure Linen Pick
Some trim, dark suits can feel as steamy as a sauna when you’re wearing ’em at a day-long outdoor wedding. This fully-linen number will keep you cool, no sweat.
The Country Club Pick
Absolutely immaculate country club vibes here, courtesy of a washed, (almost) subtle madras fabric that steers clear of overly preppy territory.
The Retro Pick
The one-button closure drives home the casual nature of this perfectly sleazy, vintage-inspired number, designed for easy, breezy open styling while you bust a move on the dance floor. Button pre-ceremony for photos and then let loose.
The “Blue Is the Coolest Color” Pick
Invest in the right suit (like, say, this one here), and you can wear it to far more than weddings. The easygoing jacket and cropped, pleated pants are just begging to be repurposed as separates every time an in-person meeting pops up on your calendar this summer.
The Gorp-Friendly Pick
Most weddings are kind of old-school by nature, but that doesn’t mean your suit has to be. A swishy nylon fabric lends this one an outdoors-ready, slightly futuristic vibe, ideal for when you inevitably slosh your fifth cocktail all over yourself.
The Three-Piece Pick
With plenty of welcome chore coat overtones, this one is probably best saved for your most casual outdoor wedding. Wide legs, wide pleats, can’t lose.
The “I’m Wearing This Because I Want To” Pick
A suit that’s designed to look a little crinkly fresh out of the box is the destination wedding godsend you’ve been searching for—and the lack of lapels gives you even more leeway to flex your boldest camp collar shirt.
The Easy, Breezy Pick
A little bit workwear, a little bit safari. Like wearing a cool breeze.