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 and even sneakers these days are ideal for more casual beach weddings. Accessorise with understated jewellery, 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.
What to wear to a summer wedding
Loolios Martina Suit
Drawing inspiration from art and culture, Spanish label Loolios creates ready-to-wear men's and women's clothing that's as sustainable as it is stylish. Crafted from beautifully soft 100% organic cotton, 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.
Wax London Midnight Linen Alp Trouser
Keep things classic in a pair of Wax London's Alp Trousers, made from responsibly sourced linen and boasting a flattering slim fit. Breathable and lightweight, they're the perfect warm weather alternative to heavier chinos. Dress them up with Wax's matching Fintry Blazer and complete the look with a short sleeved Cuban collar shirt and desert boots.
ISTO. Camp Collar Seersucker Shirt
Combining two of our favourite summer shirt styles - camp collar and seersucker, this short-sleeved shirt from Portuguese label ISTO. is an instant warm weather classic. Thanks to its lightweight construction and super-soft handle, it's perfect for an elegant summer wedding at a garden or beach location.
Luca Faloni Versilia Linen Shirt
Add a dash of casual refinement to your summer wedding attire with Luca Faloni's grandad collar linen shirt in a gorgeous sky blue 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.
Velasca Maester Loafers
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.
Unrecorded White Oxford Shirt
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.
Roderer Stefano Bracelet
Subtly enhance any elegant summer wedding look with a minimalist bracelet, like this one from men's accessories label Roderer. Handmade from woven leather with a stainless steel clasp that features an elegant engraved Roderer logo, it exudes understated luxury.
Percival Natural Linen Blazer
You can never go wrong with a softly tailored blazer, and this natural linen version from London-based menswear label Percival ticks all our boxes. It's unstructured and half-lined with a soft lapel construction. Style it with lightweight linen trousers or chinos for a smart-casual take on summer tailoring.