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What To Wear To A Summer Wedding

How the MR PORTER team plan to beat the heat at this year’s destination ceremonies

There is no occasion quite as fraught as a wedding. The people, the booze and the distant relatives all combine to create a social minefield. It only gets worse with summer weddings because you have to deal with the heat as well. Your choice of clothes, then, is vital for your wellbeing throughout the day. To help you make a wise choice, we asked the MR PORTER staff to give their fair-weather wedding tips.

I have a wedding in Italy in July and the thought of wearing a suit in 30°C-plus is filling me with dread. This is exactly the situation a pale cream suit was made for (white wine only at dinner, then). I am opting for this slim-fit unstructured cotton-twill suit jacket by Dries Van Noten with matching trousers. The shirt and tie mean it will be smart enough for any formal occasion, while the jacket and trousers can be worn as separates for a casual coastal stroll. I’ve gone for this Salle Privée linen shirt paired with an Ermenegildo Zegna striped knitted tie for a pop of colour. It will be effortlessly stylish for the day and soft enough to tie round your head on the dance floor (you know it’s going to happen).

A wedding can take place anywhere these days – a beach, a church, a muddy field, a warehouse. One thing is certain, though, being comfortably smart is the best way to dress. Tom Ford’s signature O’Connor slim-fit suit is a perfect starting point. It’s made from a lightweight wool that will let the skin breathe and will drape nicely over the body. A crisp white shirt will accent the textured navy suit and make you look sharp. Charvet makes some of the best. Plus, if it’s hot, it’s the best to disguise those embarrassing patches beneath the arms. A tie is an easy way to add a bit of colour to your outfit. This slim, striped Prada number is pleasingly understated.

At the last count, my wife and I had racked up more than 50 weddings between us, and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that in the summer, comfort and versatility are your best friends. Leave the overly tailored suit to the groom. He’s going to be sweating whatever the temperature. Opt for separates, a contrasting jacket (unlined) and trousers (pleats equal comfort). Both (should) work individually, as well as together, should you need to take your jacket off halfway through dinner. Finish with a linen chambray shirt and keep things jolly with a colourful knitted tie.

Every wedding invitation I receive comes with the expectation that I will be the best-dressed guest – I am a MR PORTER Personal Shopper, after all. I’m also the eternal singleton who has somehow managed to maintain his youthful looks well into his mid-thirties while the rest of his friendship circle are getting hitched, having babies and wearing not-so-nice clothes (I hope they’re not reading this). This year I have two weddings: one smart, the other a more relaxed affair abroad. For the latter, I will be channelling Mr Tom Cruise during his 1980s heyday in this Prada suit, which can be worn with a shirt and tie or with a camp-collar shirt. I’ll be going for the more playful, printed option. I will finish the look with a pair of sunglasses that scream 1980s decadence.

Asian weddings are long-lasting, lavish productions that are full of people, food, colour, dancing and more food. When I fly off to Rajasthan this summer, I ought to be sensible about what I wear. I need to dress for the heat of course, but I also need something that’s going to accommodate my expanding waistline after all the food. This silk Gucci shirt in emerald green is just the ticket. It’ll keep me cool in the Indian sun, but help me stand out in the groom’s entourage as well. I plan on wearing it with these lightweight seersucker trousers by Beams F (check out its summer tailoring – very nice) and a pair of khaki Bottega Veneta sandals. It’ll be too warm for anything else.

Over the past few wedding seasons, I’ve been a bit bummed with my city-formal attire while tramping through the inevitable dirt and dust of an outdoorsy (farm, vineyard, countryside) wedding. So this year, I’m dressing as much for the setting – in this case, Texas – as the occasion. Tom Ford is a can’t-miss for formal attire, but I’m planning ahead for my eventual re-expatriation to somewhere out of a novel by Mr Graham Greene with this white linen number. I’ve also come to really love the Neapolitan vibe of wearing a distressed denim shirt with a smart suit, and when in Texas... This polka-dot pocket square, plus some suede boots, sunglasses and maybe a flower in my buttonhole, means I’m ready to throw down at the hoedown. Yeehaw!