A guide to summer wedding attire for men

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If you’re attending a wedding as a guest this year, you might have already started thinking about what you’re going to wear.  To make that choice a bit easier, Christopher Legard from men’s fashion retailer Joseph Turner gives us his summer wedding style guide.

Who doesn’t love a summer wedding? If you’re going to be attending one this year, deciding what to wear can sometimes be difficult — especially if you’re particularly style conscious. Read on to find my expert style tips, so you can get the perfect balance between looking good and feeling comfortable at a summer wedding.

Consider the dress code

The first question you should ask yourself is whether the wedding will have a strict dress code. This depends entirely on the couple, venue, and theme. But, even if there aren’t any explicit rules, this is not permission to wear jeans and a T-shirt. Remember, weddings are formal occasions, so you should always dress up.

Usually, for a wedding, a smart lounge suit will be appropriate. But, if the couple has requested a smart-casual dress code, a neat shirt paired with some smart trousers is perfect. Stay away from jeans, as these can be too casual and warm for a summer wedding. Unless the dress code is specified as being super casual, stay away from shorts, T-shirts, and caps, too.

Pick cool and comfortable materials

Sadly, UK summers don’t guarantee sunshine and warm weather, so you’ll definitely need to bear this in mind when choosing your outfit. If the weather is looking grey, cloudy, and wet, or the event will be taking place inside, a smart jacket should keep you warm and dry, but consider bringing along a smart jumper (merino is a good choice) as well to give you that optional extra layer.

If it’s looking like you’re going to get a lovely summer’s day, light woven materials, like linen or cotton, are thin enough to keep you cool, without sacrificing on style. Wear either of these materials for your shirt and suit to stay comfortable when the sun is shining.

Choose light summery colours

For a summer wedding, it’s best to stick to light colours and shades like grey, cream, and pastels. If you’re a fan of making a statement, you could try a suit in light pink — this is a soft, romantic colour that’s perfect for weddings. But, if you’re looking for something more traditional or understated, you can easily inject a bit of colour into your outfit with a pink, blue, or yellow tie.

Find the perfect shoes

Wedding guests tend to spend a lot of time on their feet, so pick footwear that’s flat and comfortable. These will also work well when you’re the first up on the dancefloor to show off your best moves.

As with the rest of your outfit, go smart with your footwear and opt for some leather Oxfords or brogues. The colour entirely depends on the rest of your outfit: for a black suit, stick to black shoes. Grey goes well with almost any colour, from brown, black, and even burgundy but, for a cream suit, I’d suggest sticking to brown.

Suede is great for making a formal outfit look a little more casual, but be careful not to wear suede shoes for a beach wedding or if there’s a chance it could rain, since the material is easily damaged when it comes into contact with water and mud.

When you’re going to a wedding, you want to look your best, especially if you’re going to be in a lot of photos. By following these easy tips, you can stay comfortable and stylish on such a memorable day, no matter what the British weather throws at you!