Whatever your thoughts about the relevance of the Royal Wedding, there’s no denying the event gave some of the most stylish guys in the world a great reason to get really, really gussied up. And that’s what we saw from guests like David Beckham, Idris Elba and George Clooney: some of the sharpest tailoring and least boring decisions about suits that have happened in a long time.
That is, in part, because all of these guys are rich, and because they knew they’d be walking up to one of the most photographed moments of their entire lives (and, you know, in modern pop culture history), so they had to dress the part. And while your personal style may never be photographed and memed for the entire world’s social media consumption, there are still plenty of lessons to be learned here. From Suits star Patrick Adams’s affordable tie and pocket square to Idris Elba’s awesome knit three-piece, the best-dressed guys at the royal wedding have a lot to teach us about getting dressed for a formal occasion.