What to wear to a summer wedding

If you're getting married later this year, or your mantelpiece is already bowing under the weight of wedding invitations then this article is most definitely for you! Whether groom or guest, we'll quickly run through some of our favourite sartorial options no matter what the style of wedding. Enjoy!

The Formal Wedding

It's not like the morning suit has a multitude of formats so you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be a straightforward case of finding one that fits and being done with it. If only life were that simple! There are in fact myriad options to choose from in regards to the morning suit itself, from the traditional black morning coat and cashmere stripe trousers, to an all-charcoal 3-piece and even a navy 3-piece. That's not even considering one's waistcoat choice (which we'll come to). The process of finding the perfect (and perfectly fitting) morning suit will be a lot more enjoyable and painless if you can manage to do the one thing that most men struggle with - ask for help! 

Black Windsor Herringbone
Wool Morning Coat

Navy Furlong Wool
Morning Coat

Charcoal Shaftesbury Cashmere
Wool Morning Coat

At Favourbrook, our personal shopping service is dedicated to this very task. Our experts have decades of experience outfitting gentlemen for a wide variety of sophisticated formal weddings and will be able to guide you through the best options for your particular circumstances. To book an appointment simply email sales@favourbrook.com or call +44 (0)20 7493 5060. It's advisable to get this whole process rolling at least two months prior to the big day. While alterations are usually turned around within a week, you'll want to leave plenty of time to ensure that all the details have been carefully seen to, especially if you are outfitting your groomsmen.

Grey Westminster Stripe Wool Cavalry Trousers

Grey Westminster
Stripe Wool Cavalry
Trousers

Navy Hardewick Linen
Double-Breasted Shawl
Lapel Waistcoat

Cobalt Durlston
Paisley silk/wool Tie

Waistcoats

The degree of personality and individualisation to be had with a waistcoat is almost endless. Starting from the silhouette - single-breasted or double-breasted - and moving on to front and rear fabrics, our made-to-measure service will ensure that your waistcoat will be truly unique. But if that all sounds like decision overload, we have literally hundreds of off-the-peg styles cut in a variety of fabrics that will look equally as polished and sophisticated. Linen styles work especially well for summer weddings, and the long, smooth parabola of a double-breasted shawl lapel is the perfect foil for the crisp lines of a morning coat. Whether plain cloth, or patterned, you won't be short of options.

The other bits

Namely, shirt, tie, pocket square, socks and shoes. The shirt - a formal dress shirt in this case - comes in a variety of options, from the most minimal hidden placket style to the classic spread collar. White 99% of the time, but pale pastel tones are not out of the question although we would always recommend a white collar to keep things formal and sharp. In all honesty, the best modus operandi would involve coming into the Pall Mall store and trying them all on and deciding what looks best with a morning coat and waistcoat. The tie and pocket square may seem like facile details but they are anything but. Get them wrong and you botch the entire look. Do you mix or do you match? Again, this will be dependent on a number of factors but at Favourbrook we almost always prefer an unmatched trio of waistcoat, tie and pocket square, provided they complement one another. 

The Less Formal Wedding

Whether guest or groom, a linen suit is the perfect option for a less formal summer wedding. For whatever reason (it's the weather, it's always the weather) the English don't fling themselves into summer tailoring quite like our European cousins, for whom unstructured lightweight linen blazers and chinos seem as natural a combination as ripe tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella. We tend to wear our suits like armour, as a symbol of strength and power, whereas the likes of the Italians wear their own version of tailoring as a personal expression of la dolce vita. One would do well to purloin a few leaves from the Mediterranean book!

One thing we Brits do well is pragmatism, so let's get straight to it. For a summer wedding, whether in the UK or abroad, a linen suit is without doubt the ensemble that ticks all of the boxes. Lightweight and almost always cut without any internal structure, it drapes beautifully and has that natural crumple to the texture that downplays the formality of the suit silhouette. Not only that, linen holds dye well, particularly the pastel tones which slide right into a summer sartorial setting. At Favourbrook, we have created linen suits in baby pink, sky blue, royal blue, tobacco brown and a neutral grey tone, all of which are perfect for the discerning wedding guest. They're smart and traditional yet with a touch of that aforementioned Mediterranean savoir-faire.

If a suit feels too formal for the type of wedding you are attending, you can just as easily wear the linen blazer as a separate with contrast trousers or chinos. White trousers are an excellent choice (if you have young children, forget about it) as they provide a crisp canvas to bounce your pastel tones off and help turn good shoes into great shoes - in the case of a summer wedding we would suggest a pair of tan loafers.

SKY EVERING LINEN NEWPORT JACKET

SKY EVERING LINEN
NEWPORT JACKET

SKY EVERING LINEN WINDSOR TROUSER

SKY EVERING LINEN
WINDSOR TROUSER

Where shirting is concerned, a crisp white shirt is never a bad option with summer tailoring, but for something a little more extravagant, you could try embracing pattern in the form of Favourbrook's oratory shirts, which reference tropical floral prints. They are especially effective when worn with a navy or cream blazer and contrast colour pleated trousers and loafers for example - think Our Man in Havana, only you're in a marquee in Surrey.

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Indigo Woodcroft Linen
Casablanca Jacket

Indigo Woodcroft Linen Windsor Trouser

Indigo Woodcroft Linen
Windsor Trouser

To wear a tie or not to wear a tie will largely boil down to the dress code stipulated on the wedding invitation, but we doubt that anyone will turn their nose up at your unbuttoned collar sans tie in these more casual days that we find ourselves in. If in doubt, there's never any harm in folding one up in your blazer pocket, should you need to make a quick knot-and-go.

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