The Post Lockdown Summer Wedding Guide
Weddings have taken a huge hit since the beginning of the pandemic, and while things may not return to normal for a while, we’re looking forward to the summer and the possibility of post-lockdown, Covid-friendly wedding bells. Whether it’s a beach ceremony or a cocktail affair, we’ve created the perfect guide to make sure you’re the best dressed man in the room at your post-lockdown wedding, whether you’re a guest or a groom.
So, after delays, rescheduling, and re-thinking, you finally have a new date set for your long-overdue wedding day. Every type of emotion is running through your head. Firstly, excitement – after so much disapointment and anxiety, 2021 is going to be the year that your special day goes ahead. Secondly, nervousness – the realisation that your wedding day is around the corner and you don’t feel prepared. And finally, apprehension – what on earth are you going to wear?
Where you’d normally have the luxury of hitting Savile Row or tapping up your favourite tailor to make your wedding suit, you may now be looking to find something off the peg, that is going to look as good as made to measure or bespoke. Maybe the suit you had your eye on is now no longer available, or perhaps the suit you were planning to have made by your tailor fell by the waistside due to Covid restrictions. In this guide, we’ll help to tackle these issues head-on and ensure you and your guests are well-prepared ahead of your big day.
Let’s kick of with the main man: The Groom. I’ve created a edit of off the peg suits for all venues, climates and styles, all available on Ottaway Style.
European Summer Wedding
A more elegant proposition than a beach wedding look, but still by no means formal (note the absence of any neckwear). I had an ancient church on the Amalfi Coast in mind when styling this look, but can imagine it going down just as well anywhere from the South of France to Greece.
Even though looking sharp in a hotter climate may be a challenge and the idea of wearing a tie may have you perspiring at the thought, remember this is one day in your life where you will be centre stage and will be looking back at these photos with your grandchildren for years to come. So even if it’s just for the ceremony, I urge you to wear a tie. As a compromise for what may be a very warm day, this beautiful ivory silk, cotton and linen suit from Caruso is more than enough of a nod to the celebratory nature of the occasion. Pair with a crisp ice blue shirt from Bryne & Burge, and a silk knitted tie. Finish the look with a pair of hand-burnished leather loafers from Edward Green, to create an off the peg wedding outfit that’s refined, appropriate to the surrounds, fits well, and looks elegant.
Caruso Double-Breasted Linen and Silk-Blend Twill Suit Jacket & Trousers
Edward Green – Picadilly leather penny loafers
Bryne & Burge – Powder blue Oxford shirt
Fralbo – Dark red knitted tie
The English Summer Wedding
In case a post-lockdown wedding isn’t challenging enough, having guaranteed sun for an English wedding is a challenge impossible to overcome – so don’t lose any sleep over it. The best way to approach this very common concern, is to air on the side of caution and plan for a cloudy day with the possibility of a rogue shower or two. But let’s not forget about the same gun hoe spirit and positivity that has got us this far already. What English summer wedding is the same without your guests running for the nearest pagoda to take shelter from a cheeky shower, and knocking back a few glasses of Pimm’s.
George Cleverley – Dark grain calf leather loafers
Cordone – White Cotton Inglese Shirt
Sefra- Fine Silk Tie
The Wedding Guest
Our social calendars are starting to be booked up with tentative dates for weddings and events in the second half of the year and for 2022. This year will see a backlog of weddings finally taking place with every church, town hall and registry office in the land booked out from now until 2024. All these social events are of course very exciting, but are going to put a strain on a man’s wardrobe, especially one that has consisted mostly of loungewear for the past year and a half. So if the smarter end of your wardrobe needs some refreshing, I’ve come up with a few tips to help you get through the wedding seasons of the future as a sharp and well-dressed guest.
The Separates Look
These black John Lobb monk straps, paired with a smart trouser, add a touch of sophistication to a timeless look. I’ve styled them here with a pair of Bryne & Burg trousers and a cutaway collar shirt from Reiss. Finish off with a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses from Cubbits for a look that embodies understated cool.
John Lobb – Willian Formal leather shoes
Cubbits – Carneige round frame tortoiseshell sunglasses
Reiss – Slim Cutaway collar shirt
The Lightweight Suit
Now that we’ve covered the classic separates option, let’s take things up a notch. This stone suit from Ermenegildo Zegna is a great option for weddings that specify a non-traditional or informal dress code, and the lightweight wool- and silk-blend fabric is sure to keep you cool in warmer temperatures. The neutral shade works well with white and pale blue, and can be worn as really versatile separates after the wedding, so you are gaurenteed to have a strong staple all rounder for any other special occasion this summer.
Try a silk tie in silver-grey, ivory, or even army green. Add a suede woven belt from Anderson & Sheppard in a darker brown to add ccontrast, and a pair of chocolate-brown suede loafers. The trick here is to nail the colour contrast combination shades, making sure that there’s always an element of contrast to your look.
You can’t go wrong with a pale blue shirt with contrasting shades of brown in the accessories and shoes. There is no reason why as a guest you should not look as equally as stylish as the the groom, just make sure to leave it to the bride to take the limelight in all white.
Baudoin & Lange – Dark brown glove suede Loafer
Anderson & Sheappard – Woven leather belt
Dunhill – Blue pinstripe Oxford shirt