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5 RULES FOR: DRESSING FOR A SUMMER WEDDING

08.06.15

Though wedding season is well underway, it's never too late to step up your sartorial game for the big day. To help you to answer the persistently troubling question of what to wear to a wedding, we've put together a list of tips to bear in mind when choosing your outfit. Whether groom, groomsman or guest, when following these rules, dressing for summer's wedding season will feel effortless. Find your perfect wedding day look in the Reiss Wedding Shop

1. LIVE IN LINEN

There is no other fabric so synonymous with summer as linen. Light, natty, and above all practical, linen's long list of sartorial bonuses can't be praised enough. For summer wedding season, linen suiting should be your go-to if you're a guest and the weather is hot enough. Embrace pastel colours, but avoid white on white, instead opting for shades of stone and cream.

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2. A WHITE SHIRT IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

If you're a groom, at a wedding a white shirt is always the most appropriate choice - and, if you must experiment, opt for a lightly patterned variant of a white shirt.

While it's excusable for wedding guests to wear their shirts in a wider range of colours, there's a lot to be said for the safe (but sartorially spot on) choice of the white shirt. In linen and cotton it's not only the cleanest choice, but it'll keep you at your coolest when you're wearing a blazer too.

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3. ACCESSORISE INVENTIVELY

It may be an accent to your outfit - rather than a pivotal element - but your choice of accessories is every bit as important as the rest of the clothing you choose.

Accessories will add personality to your look, but take caution, accesorising has boundaries. Stick to a few rules of thumb for sartorial excellence at a summer wedding.

A floral tie pin is a summer-appropriate companion (or alternative) to a pocket square, while ties should come crafted from silk, knotted in a half Windsor and coloured pale pink, lilac or blue.

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4. BUT OPT FOR SAFE SHOES

Make no mistake, we're wholehearted advocates of the tailoring with trainers approach to dressing, however informal footwear for a wedding is strictly off limits, no matter the season.

If you're the groom, as with your shirt, err on the side of caution. Always opt for black, plain toe Oxford shoes (no wingtips or embellishments please).

For male guests, brogues are a more relaxed and entirely appropriate alternatively, these should be worn in dark brown or ox blood. If in doubt, follow in the footsteps of the groom in plain black Oxford shoes.

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5. AND KNOW THAT IT'S THE CUT THAT COUNTS

On dressing for a wedding, there is no more important piece of advice we can impart than to carefully consider the cut of your suit. As a base, a modern or slim-fit  suit will work best, and since it's such an important date, make sure you take your suit for the appropriate alterations.

Always remember good blazer etiquette. Single breasted styles should boast one or two buttons, while double breasted styles should remain fully buttoned at all times, in spite of temperature.

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Find your perfect wedding day look in the Reiss Wedding Shop