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MWD: HOW TO DRESS FOR AN OCCASION

27.05.15

Five summer events, five outfit recommendations. The races, a summer wedding, or even a garden party, in this week’s Menswear Diaries we decode dressing for a season of occasions.

A SUMMER WEDDING

Few events cause the same frequency of brow furrowing as the summer wedding does.

We say layer up on light shades, though - like advice commonly dispensed to female guests - avoid white. Opt for linen tailoring in shades of stone and cream, forgoing a shirt and tie in favour of a relaxed T-shirt. Not only is this a more modern way to dress for a wedding, it's undoubtedly more comfortable for long periods under the sun.

A BARBECUE

Don't take the summer barbecue as your signal to arrive turned out in whatever feels comfortable. Take the opportunity instead to dress your best (read: leave the T-shirt and shorts in their place).

A loose linen shirt is undeniably practical yet stylish while stone chinos are a worthy cornerstone of any man's off-duty summer wardrobe.

 

 

A GARDEN PARTY

The garden party is one of the summer's best loved occasions, but with no dress code guidelines to speak of (aside from the perpetually vague 'smart/casual'), getting dressed is far from straightforward.

For this summer's garden parties mix tailoring with laid back pieces and play to the outdoor setting in summer-friendly designs. The double breasted blazer is one of this season's sharpest styles, but to avoid looking too dressed up pair with shorts, tasselled loafers and a T-shirt.

THE POLO

Despite the polo's reputation for being sartorially strict, in actuality the dress code is prescribed as smart casual. And, unless you're frequenting the members' enclosure, overly formal outfits are surplus to requirement.

Stick to tailoring, but experiment with colour, texture and pattern to stand out from the crowd. A light printed shirt worn with a melange mix blazer will add interest while classic twill chinos are a relaxed alternative to tailored trousers.

THE RACES

Though dress codes for the races differ both from event to event and from admission type to admission type, it's safe to assume you'll be required to wear a full suit, shirt and tie. Black and grey suits are required by the most formal enclosures, but a greater level of sartorial freedom is granted in general admission and medium tier enclosures.

So, if you're not bound by the strictest dress codes, go for top-to-toe tailoring but opt for pale complimentary shades such as light blue and cream.