A summer wedding in the country is a chance to have a little fun and mix things up. For some reason, a quilt is one of the first things that comes to mind when I think of the country. It may be because my mother is an accomplished quilter and lives on a street with the word ‘country’ in its name, but regardless, it’s definitely an association I make. It is also the inspiration for this look that I put together for a summer wedding in the country.
Regular readers of the site have heard me say more than once that a suit is more than just a suit. Each piece of a suit can be taken out of context and worn as a separate very easily. Like a quilt, this look pulls together many different elements, including the coat from my khaki suit and a waistcoat form one of my favorite tweed suits. All stitched together into a cohesive whole.
With the release of The Great Gatsby earlier this year, it’s been great to see more and more club (or golf) collar shirts available. The one I’m wearing with a contrast club collar is from the Brooks Brothers Great Gatsby Collection and has quickly become one of my favorites and is a perfect touch for a country wedding.
While I love the collar of this shirt, the cuffs really make it for me. And don’t forget that your suit jacket has pockets that can hold more than your wallet or cell phone.
If you don’t consider yourself a “hat guy”—and I would have put myself in that camp not too long ago—it may simply be that you haven’t found the hat that is right for you yet. Personally, I have a hard time finding hats that look good because my head is small. I also know people who complain of the opposite problem. My advice would be to try on as many hats as possible and don’t stop until you find one that you feel works for you. It’s a great accessory that can really compliment a look.
This Look: Khaki cotton sport coat by Brooks Brothers (part of suit) – Navy chinos by J.Crew – Blue striped dress shirt with club collar by Brooks Brothers – Brown tweed waistcoat by Michael Andrews Bespoke (part of suit, similar here) – Red striped bow tie c/o Brooks Brothers (no longer available, similar here) – Walnut calf leather dress belt c/o Allen Edmonds (Manistee) – Hat by Bailey of Hollywood – Brown patterned pocket round by Quinntessential Gentleman Handmade (similar here) – Pocket watch by Bellagio bel Tiempo (similar here) – Silver t-bar pocket watch chain by Dueber Watch Company – Sterling silver cufflinks by Tiffany & Co. (similar here) – Crocodile embossed flask by Fine and Dandy (similar here) – Sunglasses by Persol (PO3046S) – Navy and red striped socks by Original Penguin – Walnut calf/bone spectator shoes c/o Allen Edmonds (Broadstreet)
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.
He Spoke Style
Photography by Rob McIver Photo.