What to Wear: The Casual Summer Wedding

By Synthese, Apr 25, 2016 | |
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    Jacket: Proper Cloth
    Trousers: Rota at Shop the Finest
    Shirt: Ascot Chang for The Armoury
    Shoes: Meermin Mallorca
    Belt: Allen Edmonds
    Pocket Square: Christian Kimber at Exquisite Trimmings
    Scarf: Rubinacci at Skoaktiebolaget

    What to Wear to a Casual Summer Wedding

    When you know you don’t need to wear a suit (and you’ve checked, right? You’re certain?), you have the chance to try something a little more, well, fun. Especially if you have a summer wedding coming up, featuring a daytime ceremony, and open bar, and a packed dance floor. If that’s the case, give this a shot.

    • The Jacket
      It’s July, it’s hot, and you’re going to be sweaty no matter what. Linen (or cotton) keeps things breathable and lightweight, as will a fresco (or other loosely-woven) fabric. An unlined or quarter-lined jacket will add welcome relief, and you can certainly forego a waistcoat.

      Navy is always appropriate, but greens, wheats, and tans are also lovely summer colors.

    • The Shirt
      Linen/cotton blends feel nice and airy against the skin, but hold their shape a bit better than a pure linen shirt will - although we're certainly all for the latter. Go for something with a little life or texture - a subtle self-stripe will work just as well as a plain white shirt.
    • The Trousers
      Light colors are great for summer heat. Linen blends, cottons, or loosely-woven wools (seeing a pattern here?) will keep you from sweating in places you'd rather keep cool and dry.
    • The Shoes
      That's right - loafers. We did say this was a casual affair. But no driving moccasins, please - you still want a proper leather-soled shoe. If you can’t abide a loafer, give a pair of suede oxford or - gasp - monkstrap shoes a go. But if you’re going casual, avoid black.
    • The Square
      If you're foregoing a tie, a pocket square adds life and breaks up the solidity of your jacket. Although white linen is always appropriate, summery colors are a welcome change. If it's a casual event, you can afford to have a little fun - but do us a favor and keep things tasteful.
    • The Scarf
      Yes, it's summer, but nights can still get chilly. A lightweight silk scarf is a great accessory, and if you find you don't need it - perhaps your partner will be thankful to borrow it. Just remember to get it back!

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