Summer and early fall are the most popular times for weddings. Surely a friend or colleague has already sent you an invitation. If not, it could be very soon. And then you’ll be ready, because we’ll tell you how to dress for a summer wedding to be on top.
Girls just love picking out dresses. And we, men, always want to make as little effort as possible to choose clothing. If we manage to dress in such a way that in the future without shame to look at your photos – in general a victory!
In fact, looking so that your date (or a cute bridesmaid, if you are a bachelor) is not just not afraid to be photographed next to you, but also charmed by your stylish appearance, it is not so difficult. For a long time, win-win combinations have been put together that fit absolutely everyone. In this guide, we’ve compiled the best tips.
- Read the invitation
No, seriously, read the whole thing, not just the date and place. The phrases “White Tie,” “Formal,” “Full Dress,” “Black Tie,” “Black Tie Invited” or “Cocktail Attire” mean you need to be dressed up. Whether the wedding will be country style, chic or informal, the required dress code will be specified in the invitation. If it’s not predetermined, but you’re on friendly terms with the newlyweds, you can check with them about how dressy you need to look.
Joe Ottaway, Jude Law and David Gundy’s stylist, insists that any wedding should definitely have a dress code. No matter how much you want to stand out or, conversely, relax, it’s worth showing respect to the newlyweds on their big day.
- Show your personality
Having a dress code, however, doesn’t mean you have to change your own style. Take stylist Joe Harris’ advice: “Whether you’re going to an informal or formal event, don’t forget your style. Make sure you’re not only dressed according to the dress code, but also true to yourself.” If you have pronounced preferences (like wearing certain colors), don’t cheat on them in your choice of wedding attire either – pick your entire look or accessories in those shades. Even a small detail like a watch or a flower in your lapel can accentuate your personality.
- Don’t outshine the groom
The cardinal rule of wedding attire for a guest, regardless of gender: You can’t look brighter than the bride and groom! According to men’s fashion editor Tony Cook, the most important thing is not to draw more attention with your outfit than the groomsmen. That means you shouldn’t dress too eccentric. Even if there is no dress code at the event, and your individual style – neon colors and flashy jewelry, on this day, try to dress a little more discreet.
- Take into account all the details
Namely, the location of the wedding, the proposed program, the weather. For example, the wedding is planned on a cool autumn day in the city. For it, you can wear a chic suit with a jacket of thick material. But for a ceremony on the beach there is no sense to wear many layers of clothing. Short sleeves are acceptable, shoes can be worn without socks, and the best material for the suit will be linen. If you know you’re going to be dancing a lot, make sure your shoes aren’t too tight. Plan to have the ceremony outside and they promise rain – bring an umbrella, etc.
- Choose win-win looks
When it comes to evening events, more often than not, “black tie” means that the man should come in a tuxedo. Summer weddings are usually held outdoors, where such attire would not be appropriate. But when a fancy celebration is planned at a restaurant or country club, you can afford the appropriate attire. You do not have a tuxedo? Don’t rush to buy one. Think about whether you’ll be attending such events in the future. If the answer is yes, buying a tuxedo is a good “investment” in style for years to come. If you are not a frequent guest at black-tie events, you can rent a tuxedo.
When you’re not sure of the color, go for black or navy blue. The first is always a classic. The second looks not too bright, but much more interesting than black, especially in artificial light. Pay attention that tuxedo is worn with bow tie and belt. Classic accessories (cufflinks, scarf or boutonniere) and perfect shoes will be the best addition to it.
A timeless classic that fits any more or less formal dress code is, of course, a suit-double. Pants and a single-breasted or double-breasted jacket, matched to the figure, of a classic shade and a simple cut – what could be better? Such a basic suit can be played up in different ways, wearing strict or bright shirts, interesting ties and other accessories.
If you do not have a suit-double, by all means buy it, it will come in handy for holiday events and for business meetings. Ideally, of course, to have two versions: for warm and for cold seasons. In the first case, you need a “breathable” fabric: cotton or linen. In the second – merino wool or blends with it in the composition. But in general a suit of quality cotton can be called a universal one. So are navy blue and gray colors. Shades of beige are also considered classics. But cobalt or any other brighter shade of blue is also acceptable. Choose interesting colors (red, green, prints, etc.) if you already have a basic suit.
When creating the perfect image for a wedding, details are important. The shirt should be perfectly ironed and not “compete” in brightness with the suit. The best look is white, pastel blue or pale pink. A tie is not always necessary, but putting it on, make sure that it fits the suit. In order not to miscalculate, you can take the same color. As for the shoes – shoes, moccasins or boots – the choice is yours.
A three-piece suit
A more fashionable version of the suit – with a vest. A stylish look like this won’t go unnoticed wherever you go. David Beckham and Ryan Reynolds, who wear a three-piece suit in feast and in peace, are examples of that. Another plus of the vest: even if you take off your jacket, you’ll stay in style. The same rules are applied with the suit-three as with the previous variant. The only thing is not to overload it with accessories. Such an outfit in itself is already a statement.
Jacket and pants
If you’re not afraid to experiment, try to match a simple black, gray or white pants with a contrasting jacket. Famous actors and athletes often choose this option. The jacket may be double-breasted or single-breasted, but must fit well. The correct model, not too tight, but also not baggy, will correct proportions: it will make the shoulders wider and the waist narrower. And a jacket with a small number of buttons (one or two rows) will visually add a couple of centimeters to the height.
It can also be a blazer – a model with patch pockets, patches and contrasting buttons, like on the tunic. Such a blazer will perfectly fit into an informal dress code, but it will not look too simple and boring. It will be well complemented by a polo or oxford shirt.
The shade of the jacket can be any. With the classic white and gray you will not go wrong, but summer is a time when you can afford brighter colors. Why not try mint, sky blue, pale yellow. You can also use the whole palette of brown, blue, green and so on. Choose shoes based on the overall style: shoes – for a more formal outfit, loafers – for the celebration on the beach or in the countryside. For a neutral-colored image, choose prominent accessories. The bright-colored jacket can be complemented by nothing, the outfit itself already looks winning.
Choosing a suit for any event, the first thing you should pay attention to is the quality of fabric and how it sits on the figure. And also – how comfortable you feel in it. If you feel “at ease”, you will make the best impression.