A dress code for a wedding would rarely state “casual”, but this is what is implied when no dress code is given, except for a theme, such as “garden- or beach wedding”.
Although this dress code is much less strict than the others, it can indeed be one of the more challenging to dress for, as “casual” can have different meanings depending on the recipient. You can never go wrong in a light-colored, traditional suit with a shirt and tie/bow tie and a nice pair of shoes. In Scandinavia, (clean!) sneakers can be appropriate, but opt for a nice suede shoe or loafer if in doubt.
Here is our take on a “casual” dress code:
- Light colored trousers
- Nice shirt with regular collar
- Optional tie or bow-tie (bright colors acceptable)
- Nice shoes (e.g. suede oxfords or loafers)
Rule of thumb: for a “casual” wedding, you still need to be more dressed up than you normally are.
This dress code is the perfect opportunity to sport an outfit in a more casual fabric such as linen or corduroy, and shirts in a more casual weave such as oxford or chambray.