Over the summer season you will be expected to smarten up for a number of black tie events such as your mates wedding, a relatives graduation or a trip to the races but with the weather hotting up, pulling together a formal look becomes a little bit more tricky. Your usual safe bet of an all-black look certainly isn’t an option and having to ditch a layer or two might leave you feeling like your look isn’t quite smart enough. If you have a formal event on the horizon this summer then fear not, as we have a few tips and outfit inspirations here to see you through.
Short Sleeve Smarts
A shirt is your go-to piece for a formal look but isn’t exactly what you want to be wearing as the sun beats down – short sleeve shirts are here to save the day. You may feel like a short sleeve shirt leans more towards the casual side but pairing it with the right trousers and smart shoes, and choosing your shirt wisely, will ensure your look doesn’t fall short of the dress code. Choose a shirt with a smart and clean design in a subtle colour and pair with formal textured trousers and dress shoes, to balance out the hint of casual from your top half.
Summer provides you with the perfect excuse to relax your smart look a little bit and opt for lighter fabrics, particularly when layering up, which allows you to get a bit more creative with your outfits than chucking on the usual three-piece. Make a statement and try a plain tee underneath a casual blazer such as this Navy Pique Blazer from Woolrich, paired with formal trousers and smart shoes.
Short and Smart
If you think that wearing shorts at a formal event is a no-go then think again. Opt for a pair of slim fit chino shorts to base your short and smart look around, for an outfit that will keep you cool and comfortable whilst still looking smart. Short sleeve shirts makes for the perfect companion to your chino shorts and when it comes to your footwear, steer away from formal leather shoes when wearing shorts and go for a shoe with a slightly more casual feel, low-rise suede shoes such as these Wingate Navy Suede Shoes from Barbour are the perfect option. This is the ideal look for an outdoor formal event.
Light and Bright
If shorter lengths and layer-free styles aren’t for you and you want to stick to a classic formal look, then lighter colours are your friend. As we all know, dark colours (particularly black) attract the sun and will leave you feeling anything but cool, and besides all the science stuff, you’re going to look like a bit of a misery-guts turning up at a party in all black in the middle of July. Grey, white and blue is the perfect colour palette for a fresh summer look and if you go for chino trousers instead of formal trousers, you will generally find more colour options as you shop, plus the added bonus of them being a lighter weight fabric.