What to wear to a christening
by Slaters Style February 21, 2020
A christening is a celebration, so it’s going to be pretty upbeat and relaxed, but there will be some degree of formality to it. With that in mind, it pays to put a little thought into what you wear, taking into account the season and the setting.
If you’re lucky, you may have some guidance on dress code with your invitation. If not, you can probably gauge the dress code on what you know of the parents and families who invited you, but if you’ve any doubts you can always get in touch and ask. It’s certainly not a faux pas to enquire about dress code if you’re unsure.
Bolder and brighter?
Of course, a christening is a religious ceremony, so it’s wise to dress smartly and respectfully whether you’re religious or not. A smart suit is a pretty safe bet for most christenings, although black can be considered sombre in the church setting, so subtle lighter colours are a good starting point. And a carefully coordinated shirt, jacket, trousers and shoes will just as likely meet the brief and help you enjoy the day with confidence.
Basically, a christening is a great reason to treat yourself (and your audience) to a fresh outfit for the occasion. At very least, this ensures you avoid wearing the same suit you wore to the parents’ wedding!
Dress up, not down
This simple rule applies to most events and engagements. It’s always best to go with the smarter of two options, as long as you’ve got the cut and the colours right, and haven’t gone over the top with the formality or extravagance.
This is about the family, not you – but it doesn’t mean you can’t take this opportunity to show an appreciation for outfitting and a sense of occasion.
Let’s investigate some ‘suitable’ options…
A light blue suit is an excellent choice for christenings, bringing a bright and cheerful presence to the occasion and giving you a great base for a white shirt with a colourful tie, plus matching belt and shoes. Such an outfit can also serve you well for summer weddings and other formal but celebratory events. Basically, a slim or skinny blue suit can serve you well in all kinds of settings and is a great step up from smart-casual. There are some excellent 2 or 3 piece suit options in Slater Menswear’s own ONESIX5IVE and Fellini Tailored ranges and from several other renowned brands available in-store and online.
Of course, you can take the blue blazer as a great starting point for your stylishly matched jacket and trousers, and then choose a shirt and accessories to complete your fashion-savvy christening ensemble!