For any one of you guys who may have found your way to my blog, this is for you! Oh, and you girls that love to dress your man, this is also for you. Summer weddings can be tricky when it comes to judging the appropriate attire and dress code. My favorite rule of thumb (thanks Mom!) is that it's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. That being said, I've heard enough complaints from uncomfortable guys in tuxes to know that it's no easy task for you to dress up if you don't have to. Your first step is to check out the invitation. Is it a bright, fun stationary or is it elegant and traditional? This should give you a big clue. If you're still unsure, do a little research on the venue and reception. Better yet, just ask! Here are a few examples of what to wear to your summer weddings.
A traditional wedding should call for traditional attire; a black suit. Unless specified on the invitation, you shouldn't be required to wear a tux. The best part about these weddings is that you probably already have a suit in your closet that works. As long as it fits well, you should be fine! Any alterations should be arranged at least a week in advance. Don't have a suit? Don't fret! This is the perfect time to invest in one. Styles don't change all that much from year to year, so don't be afraid to purchase something on sale like the one above. It does help to go to a store that does alterations for you or at least has someone who specializes in fitting and tailoring.
Ok guys, this is your chance to relax and get comfortable! Casual, outdoor weddings leave much more room for creativity. First of all, opt for a lighter, more breathable fabric than wool like cotton or linen. You may want to avoid black suits as well. I recommend a lighter grey or khaki color if you'll be in the sun. Are you celebrating a destination wedding on a beach resort? Then you might not need a suit jacket at all! Again, check out the invitation and see if you can pick out any tips.