What to Wear to a Spring/Summer Wedding
May 15th, 2012
Just in time for wedding season, the Articles of Style Team got together to present some ideas on what to wear to different types of Spring/Summer weddings.
1. No Particular Dress Code
A khaki cotton suit is a Spring/Summer staple because it can be worn a hundred different ways, each of which looks formal but not stiff.
It would be hard to look “out of place” at any warm weather nuptials looking like these two studs.
- Brown leather flask by JCrew
- Green rep bow tie by Gant
- Khaki cotton suit jacket by J. Crew
- Blue gingham shirt by JCrew
- Brown leather monkstrap shoes by Saville Row Co.
- Blue plaid pocket square Ramdom fabric swatch
- White shirt by Club Monaco
- Black pastic frames by Archie Brower
- Brown leather lace ups by Scarpe Di Bianco
- Tie bar from TheTieBar
Whenever an event calls for “semi formal” I immediately think ultra classic: black suit, white shirt, black tie. It’s a can’t fail outfit – just ask the Rat Pack or the Reservoir Dogs.
A very dark charcoal or midnight blue suit would also work with a white shirt and black tie (and both are more appropriate options should you use the suit for business as well).
If the ceremony is held on grass amongst nature, try a lighter shade of navy and don’t be afraid of small country touches like a chambray shirt, linen bowtie, vintage pocket square or suede bucks.
The invitation may say “casual”, but it’s still a wedding.
I suggest wearing a tailored jacket and dressing it down, like Wes does here with white jeans, leather walking loafers and an open madras shirt.
5. Evening Formal
No more embarrassing rentals, wedding season is a great excuse to buy a proper fitting tuxedo.
You’ll save money in the long run and you’ll be glad you did it (as will the ladies at the party).
If there is ever a time to wear a white linen suit, or a suit with sandles, it’s a beach wedding. Don’t forget a nice pair of shades to complete the look.
If white isn’t for you, try a light cream linen instead.
Nothing says we’re celebrating an outdoor wedding like a brown linen suit.
When in doubt keep it simple and classic. Townsend puts together a look with a summer grey suit that will never go out of style.
9. Daytime Formal
If it’s a formal occasion (“black tie”) before 6pm, I recommend a light colored dinner jacket like this cream hopsack number.
What to wear with a white (or off-white) dinner jacket? Try black lightweight trousers (cotton, linen, tropical wool, etc), a white hidden-placket shirt, a black bowtie and some swanky formal slippers.
10. Crash in Style…
If you’ve been shy about breaking out your seersucker suit, this is the perfect time to do it.
Just remember the old adage: “The better you dress, the worse you can behave”.
Crash in style…
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.