It hasn’t been a bumper 12 months for weddings, has it? Needless to way, as the world unlocks, we’re very excited for these joy-bringing, hymn-singing affairs to creep back into our calendars; in all their celebratory, decadent, Gatsby-esque glory. (We’re looking at you, open bar…)
Because, if all goes according to plan, this summer will see vows read, champagne corks popped and excruciating, embarrassing speeches met with roars of (slightly tipsy) laughter around the country. And it’ll also see the welcome — if slightly daunting return of formal dressing.
But don’t panic. We know it’s been a while since you’ve donned black tie, morning dress or any other form of occasionwear. But we’ve compiled the definite suiting style guide for summer weddings below. So, if you’ve forgotten how to tell your cufflinks from your cummerbund, read on…
It may be a summer wedding — but always be prepared for a ‘Black Tie’ dress code
We know, it’ll be hot — with a sweltering, capital ‘H’. And standing under the summer sun in full black tie probably has you hot under the collar just thinking about it. But never fear. In the event that a ‘black tie’ summer invitation lands on your doormat, there are ways of ensuring you look the part — whilst still maintaining a modicum of comfort.
Favourbrook has risen to the opulent occasion with its ‘Ivory Theobold’ cotton dinner jacket — perfect for the Wedding Breakfast, and crafted from cotton to remain lightweight. Richard James is prepared for any number of heatwaves with its breathable cotton poplin double cuff shirt. And, of course, no black tie get-up would be complete without a tie itself; and Hackett is at the ready with this classic navy silk bowtie.
Favourbrook Ivory Theobold Dinner Jacket
Richard James Double Cuff Shirt in Cotton Poplin
Hackett Silk Bowtie
If it’s a ‘Morning Dress’ occasion, then it’s time to embrace tradition
Some may call morning suits old-fashioned and out-dated; we think they’re traditional and stylish. After months without morning dress, it’s time to dust off those double-breasted waistcoats and lean back into the elegant look. And, if that means investing and indulging in some new quintessentially British threads, then so be it.
Sir Plus is summer-ready with its cheerful pink double-breasted waistcoat (if pink isn’t your colour, this delightful design comes in blue and yellow as well). You can’t go wrong with Oliver Brown’s timeless grey trousers — they’re even spun from a lightweight pure wool, so no heat-related excuses. And, while we would normally let you off the top hat hook, surely this is the year to go all-out with your occasionwear? Top things off with Ede & Ravenscroft’s classic Hyatt hat, and you’ll rake in the compliments…
Sir Plus Double-Breasted Waistcoat
Oliver Brown Gray Trousers
Ede & Ravenscroft Hyatt Top Hat
‘Formal Attire’ is no cause for panic
Any invitation bearing these confusing, ambiguous words can give way to bewilderment, or even blind panic. After all, this elusive dress code isn’t giving much away. But, far from being cause for concern, ‘formal attire’ is one of the most liberating dress codes, allowing room for myriad personal tastes. Go with your heart (and maybe a modicum of common sense — that means no denim, obviously), and you’ll be fine.
Ermenegildo Zegna is a simple, reliable starting point. The brand’s comfort cotton shirt is both multi-purpose and guaranteed to keep you cool. Pair this with Charles Tyrwhitt’s effortlessly elegant twill trousers (they come with a suit jacket, too, if you’re so inclined) — and finish off the whole ensemble with a suitably summery fuchsia silk tie from Emma Willis. See? No need to panic.
Ermenegildo Zegna Cotton Shirt
Charles Tyrwhitt Twill Trousers
Emma Willis Silk Tie
There's no better summer dress code than ‘Garden Attire’
Here we go. Summer weddings most commonly come with invitations embossed with these magic words. ‘Garden Attire’ is a staple dress code of June, July or August, and one that offers you a chance to dress with summer sun in mind — whilst also having a bit of fun with colour and style.
Turnbull & Asser have mastered the look with this jubilant Clay Red Cotton Blazer; a “timeless summer classic” (the brand’s words, not ours). Anderson & Sheppard are no stranger to the warmer months, either — offering up this formal (and suitably sky blue) linen shirt. And, finally, the ever-trustworthy Crockett & Jones is guaranteed to offset any ‘garden attire’ outfit with its Vincent II Tan Antique Calf Loafers.
Turnbull & Asser 3 Button Blazer
Anderson & Sheppard Poplin Shirt
Crockett & Jones Vincent II Loafers