Summer is a bustling season for weddings; as thus, party guests are scrambling to find appropriate attire to wear to these events. Selecting the right menswear may seem easy; find a jacket, pants and shoes, pay for them and be on your way. However, before you can purchase any piece of attire, you must consider the specific elements of the wedding you are attending.
In decades past, perhaps the vast majority of weddings were formal. However, as society’s social rules have broadened, so has the scope of weddings. While plenty of nuptial celebrations are still held in formal catering halls, eliciting the need for nicely polished dress shoes, others are casual affairs thrown in the backyard of the bride or groom. On the other hand, some invitations may explicitly state that only black tie attire is acceptable. Purchasing menswear is impossible if you do not know the formality of the event.
While most men opt for black, grey or other muted colors when selecting men’s suits, that’s not always the case. Some like to pick out suits or dress shirts with color. That is a fine approach, but it’s a smart idea to see what colors the bridal party is wearing. Clashing with the bridal party is not generally considered a serious breach of wedding etiquette since every guest cannot be expected to research that element; however, wearing the same colors as the bridal party might make male guests feel uncomfortable at the celebration.
It’s true that some couples want all of their guests to dress in clothing of the black tie nature, others are interested in having themed wedding. For example, couples marrying on or near Halloween may request that all of the guests wear costumes or masks to the celebration. Couples who choose to celebrate their nuptials at Valentine’s Day may ask that each guest wear at least one article of clothing that is red. Reading the invitation is imperative.
An outdoor wedding in the middle of the summer is going to ask for different clothing than an indoor wedding when the snow is falling. Even if men wear the same type of suit to both events, they want to ensure that they have a nice coat that matches the suit for weddings held in the colder weather, but that is not the case for these summer events. They may want to pick out a more lightweight jacket, and they most likely want a nice, short-sleeved dress shirt. Wearing the jacket all day is likely to prove quite uncomfortable in the heat.
Weddings are meant for celebrations, but they are also times for people to put on their best clothes, and these tips help men find the right outfits in the summer.