Summer Wedding Style Tips

During the summer wedding season, I get lots of questions of the “What should I wear?” variety. What’s appropriate? What colors? What kind of neckwear? And so on. I’ve written before about how to dress for a summer wedding in the city, country, or garden, but here are a few general tips and guidelines for looking your best when you’re attending someone’s special day.

Summer Wedding Style Tips - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Seersucker suit c/o Saks, Reiss shirt (old, similar HERE), Brooks Brothers bow tie, E. Bannister for He Spoke Style pocket round, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Timex watch, Loafers c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Keep your colors and fabrics light. Be sure to stay seasonal. Summer means lighter colors. Think white, pinks and peaches, and light browns and blues. And more practically, summer means lighter fabrics. You don’t want to be sweating it out in a heavy wool number. It’s the perfect time to break out that linen or seersucker suit.

Go with the bow. I love the idea of wearing a bow tie to a summer wedding. It’s fun and a little different without being over the top (see below). Plus, as I mentioned in the 10 essential ties video, nothing looks cooler than when you untie it at the end of the night.

Summer Wedding Style Tips - He Spoke Style

Don’t upstage the groom/wedding party. If you’re a wedding attendee, you want to look good, but you definitely don’t want to be the focal point of the evening. It’s someone else’s special day, after all! Keep it subtle and avoid choosing accessories that are loud, flamboyant, or that generally call attention to themselves and scream, “Hey, look at me!” It’s a good way to be any day of the week, but even more important in a setting such as this.

Summer Wedding Style Tips - He Spoke Style

Have you attended a summer wedding recently? What did you wear? Share your summer wedding style in the comments.

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • Bill

    Snappy blue seersucker and white bucks at my son’s wedding last month. It was a gorgeous day by the bay! Oh, and a cool blue green plaid bow from Beau Ties in Burlington. Wearing my bucks as often as possible before Labor Day!

    • Brian Sacawa

      I’ve noticed! They look great.

  • BougieHippie
    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers and thank you.

  • Arcadia

    so cute as always!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Too kind. Thanks, Arcadia!

  • Serenity

    I’m a girl so what I would personally wear might not be quite relevant, but I wanted to add that it’s important to have an idea of how formal or casual the wedding will be. Sometimes invitations will specify but when they don’t, I always try to check with someone in the bridal party or someone who would know for sure. For example, I was at a wedding in rural PA this weekend where the outfit you posted here would definitely have outshone the groom et al, though it is a very dapper look in and of itself!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Great point, Serenity. Always good to know what the baseline style is going to be. That’s something I always want to know beforehand when I travel as well if that’s going involve going out at all. Knowing that info, makes it much easier to pack.

  • Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie

    Such a stylish, classic choice – Adore the suit and the bow tie.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Caity. Good to hear from you!

  • Allan

    A year ago I searched for “How to dress for a summer wedding”, trying to figure out an up-to-date and stylish way to look for a Labor Day event, when I stumbled across your website. That began my now year-long rethinking/rebuilding/investing/editing of my wardrobe; with a lot of help and guidance from you and others (including my wife.) It has been a fun and exciting journey so far. Thanks for the inspiration this past year. As always, looking forward to that next new post!

    • Brian Sacawa

      You are more than welcome, Allan. And it’s been great having you as a regular commenter this past year. Thanks for contributing. Here’s to another great year on your journey!

  • Yoda79

    I really need to pick up a sear sucker suit.Nice execution. Wish I could pull off no socks.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much. What’s holding you back?!

  • Jon Kaz

    Brian, I recently got married and I came upon your website and your how to dress for a summer wedding country style. I riffed on what you had posted and created my own look and it was a huge hit at the wedding. Thanks for the website keep up the good work. If your wondering I went with a Hart Schafner Marx Tan silk cotton blend coat, some Hart Schafner Marx blend pants(a shade darker than the jacket), the Brooks Brothers Gatsby club collar shirt, a Maroon diamond point bow tie and matching pocket square from the Tie Bar and the kicker was the amazing Allen Edmonds Walnut Calf Bone Spectator shoes. I topped it with a Goorin Brothers Fedora as well.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Awesome and congrats! Pictures or it didn’t happen…

      • Jon Kaz

        Not sure how to post photos here.

        • Brian Sacawa

          No worries. Not sure it’s allowed. You can always send an email!

  • Delano Scott

    Very helpful and timely information as I have a wedding to attend on Saturday!

    • Brian Sacawa