Wedding season is officially upon us: you've accepted the invitations and marked the dates in your diary. Now, all that's left to do is decide what to wear.
These days, a top hat and tails are no longer de rigueur: dress codes have relaxed and guests have more freedom to select outfits that they feel comfortable in. Summer weddings in particular often call for smart or smart casual looks, rather than head-to-toe formal attire. The heat certainly is not conducive to sporting heavy woollen three-piece suits and flannel shirts, particularly if it's a destination wedding at an exotic beachfront location. Instead, opt for a suit or tailored separates in lightweight and breathable fabrics like linen, seersucker or organic cotton.
The best part about dressing for a summer wedding is that it presents the perfect opportunity to have a bit of fun and experiment with colour. Now is not the time for grey and black. Instead, go for tailoring in light, neutral or pastel shades, and branch out with your shirting: hues like sage green or pale pink will work well. During the warmer months, consider contrasting your separates, opting for a lighter shade for your trousers and a slightly darker colour for your jacket.
A pair of smart shoes is essential, but don't feel restricted to lace-up Oxfords or derbies. Loafers or brogues will suit just about any venue, while boat shoes are ideal for more casual beach weddings. Accessorise with a coloured knitted tie or silk pocket square, if you so wish, and certainly don't forget a pair of sunglasses: squinting through the ceremony is never a good look.
Since its inception in 1977, London-based menswear brand Drake's has been championing relaxed elegance, so it knows a thing or two about tailoring – and its range of summer-ready linen suits is proof. Crafted from a beautifully soft linen that's woven and dyed in Tuscany, this tailored jacket and corresponding trousers boast a soft silhouette and simple cut for an understated look that places emphasis on the quality of construction over any extraneous aesthetic detailing.
Add a pop of colour to your summer wedding attire with Luca Faloni's signature Portofino linen shirt in a gorgeous coral hue. Crafted by skilled artisans in in Northern Italy, it makes use of pure Italian linen and mother of pearl buttons, resulting in a smart-casual staple that's guaranteed to stand the test of time.
When it comes to summer weddings that call for slightly more formal attire, a linen waistcoat is just the thing you need to take your ensemble up a notch. This version from London-based menswear label SIRPLUS is made from surplus linen, cut with a shawl lapel with ivory piping and complete with eight mother of pearl buttons. A brass adjuster on the back will ensure a perfect fit every time.
Velasca's dark brown suede calf leather penny loafers are the ultimate all-occasion shoes, ideal for teaming with anything from denim to summer tailoring. With an ultra-light and flexible construction, they're perfect for the warmer months. A sturdy leather sole means they'll stand the test of time.
Keep things classic with this white Oxford shirt from Dutch brand Unrecorded. Ethically crafted in Portugal from organic cotton, it's breathable and lightweight, so you won't roast under the hot summer sun. Wear it with a linen suit and tie or team it with chinos for a more low-key look. The best part of a versatile staple like this is that you'll reach for it time and again, ensuring an ultra-low cost-per-wear.
These slightly tapered trousers from A Day's March are crafted from Tencel, an innovative and eco-friendly material that's made from cellulose fibres. Durable and oh-so-soft, they guarantee all-day comfort. Plus, an elastic waist at the back gives you the freedom to opt for a slimmer fit. Dress them up for a summer wedding with a lightweight blazer and loafers, and then continue to wear them all year round with trainers and tees.
You can never go wrong with a softly tailored navy blazer, and this version from Oliver Spencer ticks all our boxes. It's unstructured and unlined with a soft lapel construction, crafted from a luxurious organic cotton herringbone fabric that's perfect for year-round wear. Style it with lightweight navy trousers for a smart-casual take on summer tailoring.
These slick '40s-inspired frames from London eyewear experts Oscar Deen offer the perfect finishing touch to your summer wedding ensemble. Lenses are organic plastic and frames are are made from Mazzucchelli acetate, so you can rest assured they're built to last.
For more summer wardrobe inspiration, check out our pick of the best swim shorts this season.
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