The summer events season is nearly upon us, and whether you’re attending a good friends wedding, Royal Ascot races or a fancy family BBQ soiree, you’re one and only ‘bring it our for every occasion suit’ just won’t do. It’s time to step up in the style stakes this spring/summer and explore the many new and fashionably affordable solutions to update your special occasions wardrobe.
Step away from the black suit and move away from navy if you have to, this season is all about colour. Pastel hues such as mint green, baby blue and lilac are a big trend for 2013. A pastel suit worn with neutrals including a crisp white shirt will balance this outfit perfectly. These light colours also look great with tanned skin tones, as well as tan suede or leather accessories.
An alternative trend this summer is the classic patterned suit in check, gingham or Glen plaid. Wearing a patterned sports jacket, blazer or suit jackets with plain coloured suit trousers is the best way to update your look and will prevent you from looking anything like Rupert the Bear.
If you’re on a budget and you have a perfectly good grey suit already, update your outfit with floral accessories. A matching pocket square and tie worn with a plain coloured shirt can take you from looking bland to dapper in a matter of seconds, and is also easy on the wallet too!
The fit of a suit is extremely important, remember the quarter inch of your shirtsleeve poking out from your jacket sleeve is vital, and check that your trousers aren’t too long or short. Plus, a half-inch of shirt collar should be visible at the back. If this isn’t the case for all these points, make friends with your local tailor to sort the problem ASAP.
Another tricky part to summer events dressing for men, are what shoes to wear. Sometimes black leather shoes can look a little too heavy or harsh on a hot summers day, so opt for softer colours such as navy blue or brown suede derby or oxford style shoes. Don’t forget that tan leather brogues or loafers also make great summer footwear and can be worn with many other casual pieces.
For summer BBQ’s, cotton knee-length shorts paired with boat shoes, or if you’re feet are up to scratch, invest in a pair of real leather sandals in a neutral colour. Faithful khaki or cream chinos will also be a perfect match for BBQ’s and garden parties; they will keep you cool and go with neutral coloured t-shirts and polo shirts.
To top off your smart summer look, a white Panama hat, cufflinks, tie clip, shirt pin or a sleek watch all add to the sartorial gentleman you’re channelling. Remember on these occasions, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.