What To Wear To A Summer Wedding


We round up the three tailored looks to champion for all your summer wedding invites this year.

Knowing what to wear to a wedding presents its own challenges before you even contemplate the added factor of dressing for one taking place in summer. Whether it’s taking place in tropical climes or during the brief sunny spells of British summertime, your wedding get-up should toe the line between contemporary and classic – after all, pictures taken on the day are those you’ll frequently revisit.

Dressing for someone else’s big day, however, usually requires some polite style etiquette: you don’t want to turn up in a statement suit that will steal the bride and groom’s thunder. Luckily, summer weddings present a dress code that’s often relaxed enough to allow for understated yet sophisticated attire. Simply put, it’s unlikely a three-piece will be required unless you are playing a part in the wedding itself.

The trick to championing summer-wedding suits is to consider the fabrication, colour and finishing touches. We present three options that will ensure you stand out – as the best-dressed guest that is.

Debonair In Double-Breasted

The words “trend” and “tailoring” in the same sentence don’t often evoke sartorial success – example here – but the double-breasted blazer has made its mark this season as a sleek new silhouette in men’s suiting. While not necessarily a trend (it had a reputation in the Eighties and Nineties as the hallmark of the stock broker image), it has come into its own this year as a cool wardrobe essential. There is a certain Italian-esque appeal to the DB that elevates it against the standard single-breasted two-piece: it can be dressed up with a crisp shirt and tie or dressed down with an unbuttoned linen shirt, rolled up trousers and leather sneakers.

Lead The Way In Linen

When it comes to choosing a suit for a wedding, it’s important to remember you will be wearing it from the service right through to the reception and onto the dance floor come night-time. For a suit that will keep you cool while looking cool, a linen option is unbeatable. Its low thread count promises a breathable wear while the high moisture absorbency will keep you fresh throughout the day. One for the more “summery” summer wedding – we’re talking temperatures that exceed 21C – a linen suit exudes the kind of sophisticated nonchalance that will leave a suitably subtle impression.

Check Out

While checked tailoring may be most recognised as a boardroom staple, it also holds sway as a sleek wedding-guest suit. Full of character and an elegant touch of heritage, a window-pane check suit strikes a handsome tone, especially in summer months, and it’s easy to style, too. Make the most of its detail and pair it with a neutral shirt. For personality, finish the look with flair by way of a matching tie pin and pocket square in a chic, complementary colour.