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The 10 Commandments of Summer Weddings

  • Kempt Staff


Ah, we can feel the love in the air. And the heat. ’Tis the season.

Summer wedding season, that is. Which means you’ve probably got a few RSVPs to attend to, stat. Next order of business: what to wear. It’s a tricky situation, balancing the unrelenting summer heat with the level of decorum required of a wedding. But that’s why we’re here to help, with:

The 10 Commandments of Dressing for a Summer Wedding...

1. Thy Favorite Suit Is Never the Wrong Choice. You’ve got a standby suit you wear to everything—but it’s probably a year-round wool that’s not exactly the coolest option for a summer wedding. Especially if outdoors. But, hey, in a pinch, it should do.

2. Obey the Code. Usually the invitation will denote a dress code—otherwise, assume suit and tie. If it’s a “tie-less” affair, you can probably get away with ditching the above suit and opting for a cotton blazer with an open collar.

3. No One Knoweth What “Festive Black Tie” Means. So, you know, just wear a tux and play it cool.

4. Thou Must Tie Thy Own Bow Tie. Consider it earning your right to wear one—here’s a quick refresher.

5. Linen Is Thy Friend. Whether it’s a linen dress shirt, a tie or an entire suit. (Actually, this is a good excuse for investing in a linen suit, which you’ll get plenty of mileage out of during summer gatherings, from weddings to semiformal clambakes.)

6. Same Goeth for Seersucker. Especially if you’re attending any weddings south of the Mason-Dixon.

7. Rent if Thou Must. Renting a tux is never ideal, but if the bride and groom want the wedding party to wear the same exact notch-lapel tux (and yours is a double-breasted peak lapel), you’re going to have to suck it up and rent. Maybe buying a d-b tux was a bit of gamble anyway.

8. Thou May Not Peacock. The focus shouldn’t be on how you look, or your flashy suspenders—it should be on the bride, foremost, and the groom.

9. But Dress Not Too Plain. Or you might end up looking like every other guy in a cheap dark suit and tie at the wedding, passing out hors d’oeuvres.

10. Wear Thy Dancing Shoes. This is a celebration, with an open bar, so you better plan on cutting a rug.