What to wear to a summer wedding

This year is likely to be a bumper one for weddings given that 2020 was a complete write-off. If your mantelpiece isn't already bowing under the weight of invitations and save the dates, then it will surely be soon. Which leads us to the gnawing perennial question of what to wear to said summer engagements. 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!

 SAGE CROMER LINEN NEWPORT JACKET

SAGE CROMER LINEN
NEWPORT JACKET

SAGE CROMER LINEN WINDSOR TROUSER

SAGE CROMER LINEN
WINDSOR TROUSER

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.

 CORAL CULCROSS LINEN NEWPORT JACKET

CORAL CULCROSS LINEN
NEWPORT JACKET

CORAL CULCROSS LINEN WINDSOR TROUSER

CORAL CULCROSS LINEN
WINDSOR TROUSER

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.

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 unbutton 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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