What to Wear to a Summer Wedding
DRESS CODE 1: BLACK TIE
HOW TO WEAR IT: Navigating a ‘black tie’ dress code doesn’t require a doctorate in fashion, so it’s arguably the easiest outfit to put together for a summer wedding.
If black tie seems like a uniform, well, that’s because it is. Dress sharply and smartly and you’ll be fine. If you’d like to bring things up a notch, though, bypass the classic black suit and trousers in favour of, say, a midnight navy tux with black satin lapels. It’s subtle enough not to overshadow the groom, yet still falls within the confines of this traditional dress code while also allowing you to subtly flaunt your fashion feathers.
If navy is a style step too far, consider personalising your outfit with some carefully selected accessories. Silk pocket squares, cufflinks and shirt button studs will all help you stand out amongst the sea of black and white.
DRESS CODE 2: FORMAL
HOW TO WEAR IT: There’s little room for error when attending a wedding with formal dress code. Quite simply, it calls for a suit and tie, and some smart shoes.
But while most men have a business suit in their wardrobe, that’s not to say that it will necessarily be suitable to wear to a summer wedding. The season calls for lighter colours and fabrics.
Leave the safe-and-sensible black work suit in the wardrobe and, instead, look to any number of smart and contemporary alternatives. A cotton suit with a pristine white Oxford cotton shirt and knitted tie, for example, will always look the business. Or consider a linen or linen blend suit, which is highly breathable and will keep you fresh while looking sophisticated.
Colour-wise, navy is, as ever, a safe bet, but weddings present an ideal opportunity to up the ante, so if you’re feeling bold, try muted pastel shades, or even striped seersucker.
For those keen to stand out from the crowd, there’s plenty of ways to personalise your ensemble. A pastel shirt – pink is a winner in summer – will add a pop of colour, for instance, as will a bright tie or pocket square. Discreet, rather than daring, should be the aim, though. Unless, of course, it’s your big day.
DRESS CODE 3: SEMI-FORMAL OR COCKTAIL ATTIRE
HOW TO WEAR IT: Semi-formal, rather like smart-casual, is a dress code that often strikes fear into the heart of men. But it needn’t; with some simple guidelines, it’s an easy code to navigate – and one that allows for a variety of looks.
A summer wedding with a semi-formal dress code requires a few key pieces: a jacket or blazer, non-denim trousers and some smart shoes. And that’s it.
A tie (or bow-tie) is optional. Socks are optional (although, we’d recommend a pair of invisible socks, if you’re keen on working the ‘sockless’ look). Even full-length trousers are optional, if you’ve got the confidence to wear a pair of tailored shorts with your jacket and shirt.