If like most of us, your July calendar is packed with weddings and this fills you with a slight sense of dread, deciding what to wear is just another thing on the list of duties you’d rather not deal with.
So you can go ahead and just wear your ‘good suit’. Or, you can give some thought to your whole ensemble and look really sharp. And this sartorial planning doesn’t have to be tedious. What’s key, is to consider the location. Whether you’re a guest or a groomsman, or heading to St Pauls or St Ives for the big event, here are three summer wedding style edits for inspiration.
The city – that’s any city with roving cabs, more than 1 million inhabitants and at least two decent steakhouses – calls for classic, dashing style. The old-school shawl collar of this evening jacket from Stvdio by Jeff Banks reminds us of Connery as Bond, and you can’t go wrong with that. Pair it with the matching trousers, and a classic white shirt by Hammond and Co. by Patrick Grant. Sleek black shoes by Loake and distinctive gunmetal cufflinks from Thomas Nash complete the look.
A country wedding is all about heritage – think classic cuts and traditional fabrics with a touch of dandyism thrown in for good measure. We start with this three-piece combo (jacket, waistcoat, and trousers) from J by Jasper Conran. The beauty of a grey suit is that it’s formal, yet doesn’t make you feel like you’re headed to a day of meetings. This dapper bow-tie from Hammond and Co. by Patrick Grant over a checked shirt from Thomas Nash offers a dose of offbeat energy, while these Italian-inspired tramline shoes from Jeff Banks internationalise the look, keeping you from looking like a wannabe Prince William.
Beach weddings pose the challenge of being too hot while the sun’s out and too cold when it gets dark, but does provide an opportunity to keep things more casual. We work our look around J by Jasper Conran’s tailored navy blazer and these smart-casual linen shorts from RJR. John Rocha, which both evoke quintessential coastal style. A modern white linen-blend shirt from Jeff Banks is the perfect underlayer. These pared-back driving shoes from J by Jasper Conran slip off easily, making it easy to go for a dip after.
Lastly, don’t be the guy squinting like a mole exposed to daylight in all the photos – rock these fresh yet functional grey-tinted Ray Ban aviators. Also, girls really like them.