What to Wear to a Spring/Summer Wedding

March 8th, 2016

With wedding season right around the corner, we’ve been busy planning trips and getting our clients ready for their big day.

Whether you’re the groom, the best man, the father of the bride, or just attending the party (maybe giving a loosely worded speech after a few cocktails) here are some tailoring ideas for the main event.

As with all of our clients, we encourage you to invest in something that will be appropriate for the ceremony and have you looking your best, but also serve as an integral part of your long-term wardrobe.

The Traditional Wedding

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If you’re having a traditional wedding, but not necessarily a “black tie” formal affair, I suggest a classic black suit. Similar to a woman’s “little black dress”, a man’s black suit should be slim, flattering and sexy. This version is a one-button jacket with peak lapels and besom pockets – a gentle nod to the tuxedo. It’s also cut from our natural stretch wool which is designed for comfort and mobility; so you’ll have absolutely no problem breaking it down on the dance floor all night long. For your groomsmen I recommend the medium grey fresco with a white point collar shirt and black tie.

The Beach Wedding


If you’re getting married on the beach, or at a tropical destination, you have to go pure linen. This garment combines the formality of a tailored suit with the sartorial nonchalance of linen – perfect for a party in paradise. With an unlined and unstructured jacket, this one is designed to keep you cool and comfortable throughout the ceremony and the after party. For your groomsmen I recommend the essential light navy suit.

The Outdoor Wedding

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If you’re getting married outdoors amongst mother nature – think gardens, forests, cabins, etc – I recommend going with an earthtone that is understated but elegant. Our olive worsted, for example, is the kind of fabric that makes a memorable (but tasteful) statement and will become a go-to in your wardrobe long after the big day. For your groomsmen I recommend the silk tweed houndstooth.

The Formal Wedding

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For the formal groom, there is nothing smoother than a midnight blue shawl collar tuxedo. It’s a timeless garment that represents the height of elegance in menswear. For your groomsmen I recommend our black natural stretch suit or the essential charcoal 4-season.

The Casual Wedding

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If you’re doing a more casual get-together, than I would recommend going with a creative jacket & trouser combo or an even more low-key waistcoat and trouser combo. For example, our grey fresco waistcoat with burgundy worsted trousers is only one of many possible combinations. Separates are generally more relaxed, casual and creative.

These are just some ideas to get you thinking, of course. If you have a wedding coming up, contact us and we’ll put together the perfect combination for your event (and for your long-term wardrobe).

Thanks, as always, for reading. If you have any questions about our online custom menswear, feel free to contact us anytime. We look forward to serving as your personal tailor and stylist. 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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  • JoeFromTexas

    The black suit is dope. I’ve always daydreamed of having a single button midnight navy suit with peak lapels that could cross over from an evening suit to a tux stand-in on those rare occasions where one is called for. For most gentlemen, the “evening suit” is much more practical than a tux.

    • AFH

      I have something that’s close – a blue-black microcheck, one button peak lapel. It is pretty neat.

  • Piero Pazzin

    I am just going out point out that formally a tuxedo is not appropriate for a wedding. I can imagine that in the US is now custom to do such thing, but just saying, black tie event for a wedding is not a thing.
    The most appropriate garment is actually a ‘morning suit’ (im not quite sure about the term).

    • AFH

      Hmmmmmm, yes. I get it though. Who is ever going to wear a morning suit again? I don’t think I could bring myself to do it personally, but I sort of understand why people do the tux thing.

      Grey seems to be the wedding uniform in the UK thesedays, but it doesn’t suit everybody and I think can look a little cheap with the bright accessories that people seem to favour. I’d probably go for charcoal myself if the groom, though I like that olive green number though – I think that would be really swish.

    • AdamE

      I largely agree, with a hint of resistance… An evening wedding in a formal venue, can be a black-tie event, and dictate a tux. For 90% of weddings this is not the case, and a suit trumps a tux…

      • DMJM

        This is completely untrue, weddings require morning suits, dinner jackets are reserved for dinner parties. I don’t quite know what Donald Trump has to do with it, but lounge suits and Tuxedo suits each have a time and a place.

    • AFH

      Morning Suit is when the trousers and the jacket are the same fabric/colour, Morning Dress involves a Black/Oxford Grey jacket and spongebag trousers.

      Prince Charles is a big fan of Morning Suits – https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CdMnUqyUUAAmngz.jpg:large

      • DMJM

        A morning suit involves, as pictured, a three piece suit consisting of a morning tailcoat with a matching waistcoat and trousers. It is most certainly not any suit where the trousers and jacket are the same fabric and colour.

  • Miguel

    Love the new suits, specially that Linen one.

  • AdamE

    This post is on point. Being married to a wedding planner (which means helping out at a large number of weddings), I have copious experience at witnessing the fashion fails that many guys make at weddings…

    As a guest, the biggest fails (other than that guy in jeans… there’s nearly always at least one…) I see are not matching the attire to the locale, or to the tone of the event. The guys that clearly not dressed for an outdoor event, or far more casual or formal than the attire for the evening. The most common fail I see is that “dad-suit phenomenon”, where a guy, of any age, is wearing such a boxy, ill-fitting suit, that it looks like it must have been borrowed from his father (or someone…), other symptoms tend to be sloppily tied ties, sneakers and suit (and not nice sneakers like you could actually pull off, I’m talking chunky new balance cross trainers a la Steve Carrell in 40 Year old Virgin…)…

    As the couple, the best thing you can do is specify the dress code on the invitation… You can’t control how people interpret it, but at least you’ll have done your due diligence to guide guests in their wardrobe selection… and if you’re the groom, do yourself and your wedding party a favor and buy, don’t rent, and if you can, go the custom route…

    • TO

      Nicely stated observations! Thanks for sharing. You are in which area again AdamE? Was it Ottawa??

      • AdamE


    • JoeFromTexas

      Wow, married to a wedding planner, I can only imagine the stories you have to tell! I went the custom route myself – we had custom guayaberas made that we all wore with whatever dark trousers we had for an outdoor wedding.

      I think you nailed an important point though – that attire should match the locale, and an important facet of that is local culture. In certain parts of rural parts of Texas, a wedding calls for your best jeans, starched to within an inch of their life, your dancing boots (not your work boots) shined til they look like mirrors, and your best western shirt and cowboy hat. While not everybody might wear that, a good number do, and they probably put more effort into how they look than dad-suit guy. Putting effort into your appearance at an important event is what matters, however that effort is manifested.

      • AdamE

        There is a balance between Effort and Affected (an inverted U relationship)… because at some point the level of fussy-ness exceeds the point of benefit, and starts to look try-hard…
        I’ve never starched a pair of jeans (nor worn them to a wedding) nor do I own “dancing” boots…, but where cultural appropriateness, and the wishes of the couple dictate it…
        The other failure that couples tend to make is mismatching the style of the event to their venue… If your wedding is in a barn, you’re looking at your country-best (tons of possibilities for guys, tweeds, flannels, etc.), not Bond/Cindarella… Often these bastardized occasions come as part of compromise (or cluelessness). Either comprimised, because one person wants ball and one wants hoe-down… But also cluelessness in the sense that some people genuinely don’t get why certain things don’t pair… (remember that kajillion dollar white wedding gown, with the 100-yard long train, that requires a wedding party of 12 to carry it, how could that possibly go wrong with a barn floor with a slight residue of horse-crap…
        The one thing I will say for guests is don’t peacock and try to upstage the couple, but don’t be afraid to inject personality into your outfit. I wouldn’t show up looking like a stunt double from dumb and dumber, but I might have fun with cuff-links, pocket squares, or a fun patterned tie (note I say fun-patterned not novelty/gimmicky, IMHO, novelty-ties are only ever appropriate for the bottom of the garbage bin… Nobody thinks it’s cute when a grown-assed man has looney tunes characters on his tie, if you’ll absolutely die without Bugz Bunny, get patterned boxers at least those are subtle)

  • Don Draper

    That linen suit is amazing, pairing it with that houndstooth shirt is genius!

    Dan, I love that you made the formal wedding tux trousers without side adjusters as it should be. Only suspenders or nothing at all.

  • TO

    Always love the way you categorize occasions, very specified, and definitely some very solid wedding outfit recommendations!

    • Neil

      Hey Dan great post! I’ve a summer wedding in Spain coming up I’ve a window pane linen gray blazer I was thinking of pairing it with a white dress shirt was looking for some advice on tie/trousers/shoes! Thanks! Neil