Men’s Summer Wedding Attire: A Guide for Every Dress Code

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Below, a guide to nailing men’s summer wedding attire.

Never doubt the navy suit

A suit is always a foolproof option for a wedding. Since the groom is usually wearing a tuxedo or a black suit, you’ll want to stray away from these super-formal styles. (Let him shine!) Instead, a classic dark navy suit—either single- or double-breasted—will always look elegant and appropriate. Pair it with a white button-up shirt, and black or brown dress shoes. If the wedding venue is outdoors, consider a suit in a lighter fabric (like linen or cotton) to offset the darker colorway. Yes, it will be slightly toasty under the sun: Suck it up, the day’s not about you.

Tom Ford

modern fit sharkskin suit

Brunello Cucinelli

single-breasted wool and silk suit

Go light and bright

If you’re worried that a navy suit will be too heavy on the special day, there are lighter, airier suiting options. A breezy seersucker suit will always be a timeless option for a wedding, especially if it’s by the water. An olive or sage green is another contender. A tan or khaki suit, in linen or cotton, is also an excellent option—just make sure the neutral tone is complementary to your skin tone. All of these can be paired with a crisp white button-up shirt: a wedding must.

J.Crew

Ludlow slim-fit unstructured blazer

Ralph Lauren

Kent hand-tailored sport coat

Zegna

cashmere silk and linen jacket

Dries Van Noten

Bruce slim-fit tweed suit jacket

Gucci

fine cotton formal jacket

Consider the short suit

I know what you’re thinking: Shorts, at a wedding? But yes, a shorts suit—a classic blazer paired with shorts instead of trousers—can look super dapper. Sure, it’s a little more youthful and edgy than your standard suit, but the key to pulling it off is simple: It’s all about the proportions and fit. Just ensure your shorts are not too slim, and they must hit knee level. A pleated shorts style looks especially crisp and tailored. Wear it with a solid button-up, tee, or tank, as well as discreet black dress shoes and black socks: The suit is enough of a statement on its own.

Banana Republic

Corcoran European linen suit jacket

Banana Republic

linen pleated pull-on short

Valentino

sport coat with tonal flower embroidery

Valentino

poplin bonded Bermuda shorts

Gucci

cotton jersey jacket with web

Gucci

double cotton twill short

Ditch the blazer altogether

If suiting is too stuffy for your liking, you can ditch the blazer for a wedding—but the look requires much more thought. This look would be reserved for a casual or semi-formal dress code: You can wear a pair of pleated dress pants or chinos with a fun, printed button-up shirt. Think: A more elevated version of a top you’d wear on vacation. Floral or tropical prints work especially well for a summer wedding. Just be sure to counter the more casual feel of the shirt with super-sleek accent pieces like a dress shoe, sharp shades, a great timepiece, and a leather belt.

Bode

flowering Liana embroidered silk-crepe shirt

Saint Laurent

pinstripe silk georgette shirt

Burberry

knight hardware silk shirt

Don’t forget the accessories!

With all these different looks to consider, it’s important not to forget about your accessories. There are certain pieces that will always be a surefire wedding hit. Lace-up oxfords in brown or black leather are a must, as are leather loafers; chunky-soled styles feel especially fresh and modern right now. If your suit is simple, you can have fun with a striped or printed tie, or a button-up shirt with a subtle print on it (don’t go too wild). A great watch, pair of sunglasses, and subtle jewelry (in silver or gold) never hurt either—you can have a little more fun with a summer wedding. Just do like Coco Chanel and remember her tip to always take off one accessory before leaving the house. Simpler is better: All attention should be on the bride and groom!

Christian Louboutin

logo-embellished leather loafers

Thom Browne

black calfskin pebbled leather belt

Reeves gold-tone cufflinks

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