Summer weddings present a unique sartorial challenge for the gentleman of taste, with their collision of vague-at-best rules for formality and temperatures that range from angry to downright uncivilized. The best way to still come out looking like a cool and collected Cary Grant instead of a red-faced Uncle Stu from Toledo is to always keep 3 things in mind:
1) Keep your fabrics seasonal:
Stop sweating it out in your go-to wool blazer and try on this unlined, double breasted blazer from the rakish gents at E Tautz that combines aggressive Savile Row tailoring with summer’s most breathable and forgiving fabric, linen.
2) Don’t be afraid of color (in moderation):
This season’s crop of printed neckwear ( like this tie from the Hillside), washed pastel shirts (like this multi stripe oxford from Gant Rugger), and rainbow of slim chinos (like these perfectly faded red ones from Ralph Lauren) offer a wealth of possibilities for adding a subtle, season appropriate, punch to a classic blue cotton blazer.
3) Plan for a state of semi undress:
Even the hardiest dandy has to admit defeat at some point and start peeling back the layers and loosening the collar, so why not plan ahead and incorporate some flair that will look just as good, or better when your jacket has been tossed over the back of grandma’s chair? Like these polka dot suspenders from Drakes London or this Indian madras bow tie from J Press that will let everyone know that the after party is in your hotel room when you’ve ditched the knot and just let it hang after the 2nd toast.