Summer is the ideal time for a wedding: The weather’s warm, everyone’s in a good mood, the daylight lingers, and the nights feel like they could last forever.
If you’re heading to a summer wedding (or simply a wedding in a warm-weather locale), this is the ideal type of men’s attire to consider. The looks are sharp, modern, and elegant. You’ll look great, and hopefully feel confident too!
Choose the style of men’s attire based on the dress code (formal, beach wedding, casual, or black tie) of the wedding you’re attending. And if you’re not sure, well, better figure that part out first!
If The Dress Code Is Formal
The majority of weddings you’ll be invited to attend are going to call for a formal dress code.
This means you have to bust out your best suit and throw on some leather shoes!
If the weather is warm, you can experiment with different fabrics, or opt for 100% cotton, which we do below:
Your Suit: J.Crew Ludlow Suit in green
The only sub $500 suit you should be considering. J. Crew’s 100% cotton Ludlow suit is as timeless as they come.
Available in 4 colors on the J. Crew website at the time that I’m writing this, I recommend going green, a nontraditional suit color that is picking up some steam.
It’s dark enough to feel neutral, but colorful enough to make you feel avant-garde during cocktail hour.
Shirt: White Brooks Brothers Dress Shirt
There’s not much to say about this white
Buy 5 of them and rotate through them! You’re a popular guy, so if you have multiple weddings to go to, you won’t worry about spilling a glass of red on one of them.
The Necktie: Todd Snyder Silk Tie
Let’s keep the green theme going here. This green Todd Snyder necktie with the white stripe is preppy and collegiate, just the look you want to go for at a more classic wedding.
I own a tie from Todd Snyder and let me tell you the quality is through the roof. It punches way about its $118 price tag.
Your Shoes: Morjas Black Calf Oxfords
Morjas is a brand that’s making a lot of noise lately for their sleek and elegant dress shoes.
These handcrafted black calf oxfords are going to last years, decades even. They’ll be your best friends during the many wedding seasons ahead. Wear them for all your formal occasions.
Summer Formal Wedding Attire Accessories
You’ll want a good belt—I suggest a braided woven leather belt for an added punch of pizzazz without shelling out for a Gucci Belt. Uniqlo has a good option.
Then you’ll need a
If you’re attending a Beach Wedding, Try This
Men’s beach wedding attire doesn’t necessarily mean the happy couple is getting hitched on the beach. I went to a beach attire wedding at a winery in Napa during the middle of August and the temp was teetering on 90ºF.
In this case, I like going for linen suit separates. You want to bridge the gap between style and comfort here.
Your Pants: Khaki linen Trousers
Nothing comes across as more chill, yet put together, like Khaki linen pants. These aren’t the same pants that you’d see your retired uncle wearing on a beachfront property somewhere in the Florida Keys.
These are beautifully, well-cut, Italian-inspired pants. Show up in these, and you’re guaranteed to be one of the most stylish men at the shindig.
Up Top: Light Blue Sport coat
Usually we’d tell you never wear a suit jacket separately, but in this case, it makes sense. You’re wearing tailored trousers in a more casual fabric (linen). This light blue linen suit jacket from Percival is equally as tailored / casual.
They both “match” in terms of formality, so it’s OK to pair together.
Sticking with the light colors, you can style your new pants with this baby blue linen jacket from Banana Republic. It comes with its own matching pants if you choose to go that route, but I believe they’ll look terrific with the khaki linen pants.
shirt: A Striped Camp Collar Shirt from Bather
A short sleeve shirt is nice for a warm, tropical wedding. It’s hard to go against this striped
Camp collars are still going strong!
Your Shoes: Beckett Simonon Tassel Loafers
Loafers have been trending for a really long time now, and while penny loafers are ubiquitous at this point, Tassel loafers are now starting to trend in fashion circles.
These tassels from Beckett Simonon are a bargain compared to some of the other tassel or Belgian loafers on the market. Grab a brown pair for this look, as they’re a bit more toned down than black.
Your Beach Wedding Attire Accessories
Go sockless! It’s a warm-weather wedding, baby. Let loose a bit! If you absolutely cannot go sockless, we have plenty of no-show socks recommendations.
Do wear a belt though. Any brown leather belt will do, including the one we featured above.
Since you’re wearing short sleeves here, you can wear any
I personally like the simple elegance of the Tissot PRX 35mm.
Men’s Wedding Attire For A Casual Summer Soirée
Casual dress codes are my favorite because it allows you to get creative with your outfit.
Let’s set some ground rules, though: Casual doesn’t mean sloppy. It doesn’t mean “Roll out of bed and come in your house clothes” either.
So no jeans, no shorts, no T-shirts with graphics/slogans/logos, etc. Weddings are still special occasions and the last thing the couple wants is a photo of you in cargo shorts in their wedding album.
Your Pants: Cos Wide Legged Trousers
I’ve been casually wearing wide-legged trousers around during the week and I love the flowy, drapey silhouette.
For a casual wedding, wearing wider trousers can be a good style move. They evoke a nostalgic call to the past when
And yes, in 2023 (and probably for the next 4-5 years, at least), wider leg pants are very much “in”. But if you’re still slowly but surely easing your way out of slim territory, consider a straight leg trouser as a nice stopgap solution.
Shirt: Men’s Long Sleeve Cashmere Polo from Banana Republic
Okay, I’m cheating. I went to a wedding last month in San Francisco that had a fairly lax dress code, so I chose to wear baggy trousers and a long sleeve cashmere polo
I felt svelt and confident. I’m essentially rebuilding that outfit here. A long sleeve cashmere polo is a classic, preppy chic look for a wedding.
If you’re expecting high temps at this wedding, then perhaps opt for a short sleeve ribbed hem polo.
Your Shoes: Aime leon Dore Country Loafer in White
Suede may be too informal to wear to a dressier wedding, and it’s not the right material to wear in the most tropical of settings, but it can be perfect for a more casual vibe.
If you’re wearing two black garments, then you’ll wanna wear white to avoid an all-black look at a wedding. I’ve owned the navy pair for years and they haven’t let me down since!
Men’s Accessories for a Casual Wedding
You can get creative here!
Men’s Attire For An Evening Black Tie Summer Wedding
Have a wedding at the Ritz coming up soon? If so, it’s probably a black tie affair.
Black Tie is one of the most formal dress codes—White Tie is more formal, but unless you’re going to a royal wedding, you most likely won’t ever need White Tie attire. Your best bet is to go as classic as possible for a black tie wedding.
The Outfit: A Classic Black tuxedo
For $600, it’s hard to do better than this tuxedo by Indochino. The classic straight cut and peak lapels will make you feel like a million dollars. You’ll feel like you’re Bond playing high-stakes poker in Monaco.
For something a bit nicer, Barron recommends the Black Tie Package from SuitSupply. You have your choice of two- or three-piece tuxedo in any color they offer. Plus, the package comes with the tuxedo itself, your choice of
Shirt: White Tuxedo Shirt J. Crew Factory
If you don’t already have one, a classic, no-frills tuxedo
The Bowtie: Black Satin BowTie from The Tie Bar
Don’t go for a clip-on! This is not prom! The Tie Bar sells this $24 black bow tie that is perfect for your black tie wedding.
All you need is a quick YouTube tutorial to learn how to tie it yourself, and you’re golden baby!
Your Shoes: Black Calf Oxfords by Morjas
A repeat of the formal dress code shoes. A lot of people want to wear shiny black shoes with a tux, but it’s not a requirement. Regular black oxfords will do the trick.
Men’s Accessories for Formal Summer Wedding Attire
The general rule is you don’t accessorize when wearing Black Tie. At most, cufflinks for the shirt.
Traditionalists say no to
Men’s Summer Wedding Attire Should Fit Your Style & The Occasion
Once you know the wedding’s dress code, explore one of our outfit options we’ve outlined here. While you have plenty of options for summer wedding attire, I hope this gives you some inspo and a place to start!