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What to Wear to a Summer Wedding: A Gentleman's Essential Guide

Posted by Burrells on Aug 20, 2018 4:19:08 PM

Men's summer wedding style inspiration

It’s been highly anticipated all summer. But, as the day of your friend’s wedding draws closer, you realise that you’ve forgotten something. Among sorting out the perfect gift and transport plans, you’ve somewhat neglected time spent planning a sleek wedding outfit.

If this sounds like you, there’s no need to panic. We’ve rounded up the essential things to know about dressing for a summer wedding to ensure you’re looking sharp for the big day. Read on to find out more.


The Suit

In many cases, a wedding is the perfect opportunity to unzip the dust bag and don your very best suit. But, before you do this, you’ll need to establish the dress code. While you might be asked to wear a particular colour, some weddings will require a stricter dress code, like black tie, so ensure you don’t get caught short.

Black tie is much smarter than other dress codes, meaning you’ll need to invest in a sleek tuxedo to match everybody else. Typically, this refined style features a tuxedo with silk or satin lapels, a crisp white dress shirt and a (preferably hand-tied) bow tie.

You might already have a tuxedo hanging up in the depths of your wardrobe, but if not, a tailored black tuxedo is a men's staple and it's worth investing in a quality one that will last for years.

A Savile Row tailor like Henry Poole & Co offers a bespoke service, so you can pick your own suit material and colour, for a summer-ready tuxedo that’s quality enough to see you through year on year.

However, if the dress code is more casual, a standard suit will do. You can even have some fun with this by matching the colour of it to your date’s outfit — given that it fits in with the dress code. If you anticipate the heat will be too much for the classic suit material, you could even opt for a linen suit, like these ones from Joseph Turner, for a smart yet breathable feel.

These types of suits are available in lighter colours than the classic navy and black as well, so you can make a summer statement while maintaining the dress code.

Men's summer wedding style inspiration - linen suit



The Shirt

As mentioned previously, a more formal dress code might require you to wear a dress shirt. However, for more casual weddings, you can afford to branch out and get inventive with your shirt choices.

Although garish patterns and bold colourways might not be welcomed (unless the invite says so), summer presents an opportunity to choose shirt colours that might not have been suitable for other seasons.

Pastel coloured shirts are very summer-friendly so don’t be afraid of incorporating these into your wedding looks. However, if you want to focus on details, adding a juxtaposing bright tie against a white shirt, will give you some serious style points.

Men's summer wedding style inspiration - light blue shirt



The Shoes

Shoes can be the make or break for your outfit. If you’ve gone out of your way to get a suave new suit, there’s no point in teaming it with shoes that have seen better days. You can quickly make a statement with your footwear, so be ready to select the most complementary pair.

Opting for some highly-polished dress shoes will give any black-tie or particularly formal outfit, just the finishing touch it needs.

However, if you’re choosing a more casual look, an intricately patterned pair of brogues will ensure your outfit strikes just the right balance between smart and casual.

If the dress code is really casual, a pair of suede or leather loafers will round off your look, and the open front will keep your feet ventilated in the heat. It’s a win win!

Men's summer wedding style inspiration - shoes



The Accessories

Whether you’re dressed to the nines in black tie, or you’re sticking to a different dress code, accessories can provide the perfect opportunity to add a showstopping touch to your look.

Investing in a luxury watch, like this OMEGA Seamaster, will give you a versatile luxury piece to incorporate into your summer wedding look — and all your outfits thereafter.

With a huge variety of watch brands and styles to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking a sleek new watch. You could even invest in a pre-loved watch, so you can impress the other guests with the same luxury, but at a much lower cost.

If you have any questions about watches, our experts always love to share their knowledge and help you. You can contact us here.

If you’re wearing a smart shirt to the wedding, cufflinks will be an essential. Match the colour of these to any buttons, hardware or jewellery for an impressively put-together look.


Men's summer wedding style inspiration


Nailing the perfect summer wedding outfit can seem daunting, but with the style advice we've shared here, you’ll be dressed to impress in no time.


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