Words by, Peter Minkoff
Photography by, Henry Sol
The article below is a featured guest post enunciated, and written by lifestyle writer at Men-Ual magazine UK, Peter Minkoff. Specially written for www.igeeokafor.com. Edited and Approved by, Igee Okafor.
Summer is just around the corner, which means a lot of amazing things, like summer holidays or even a new romance. However, the one thing that is certain is that wedding invitations will soon be flooding your mailbox, if they haven’t already.
Now, when it comes to dressing for a summer wedding, you should always honor the dress code if one is stated on the invite. No matter what the dress code in question is, you should always look sleek and polished – even when going for a casual look. Finally, there is the question of comfort, and that is where the right fabrics come to play. Not all fabrics are made equal– some are simply breezier, more breathable and even elegant-looking than others, so before you start shopping for clothes for your upcoming events, make sure you get all the info you need on the right ones.
Of course, the list could not go without the mention of cotton. It is known for holding up well – in terms of shape, allowing you to look polished and sharp. The reason this is an important quality in a fabric is simply that you’ll probably be wearing some type of blazer and trousers – if it’s an outdoor casual wedding, even cotton trouser shorts, and you need that touch of ‘sturdiness’ that somehow still allows the skin to breathe. Depending on the formality of the event, you can go with a cotton dress shirt in a light summery hue, even perhaps something with stripes, or wear a nice blazer in a light color paired with a cool cotton shirt that you can proudly show off, if it gets just a tad warm on that dance floor.
Next In Line
If the kind of wedding you’re most likely to attend this summer is casual, look no further – chambray is here. For those who aren’t in the know, chambray comes from the denim family – more specifically, it’s like a much lighter version of denim, which makes it perfect for those casual summer days. Now, as there are many ways to wear a chambray shirt, you are free to play around with styling until you find the perfect match, and believe it or not, it can even be used in a ‘suit up’ situation, and it works particularly well with a sleek checkered sports jacket, so don’t shy away from the fabric. Not only will the denim hues give you a cool vibe, but you’ll also feel incredibly comfortable as well.
The Summer's Jewel
A summer wardrobe (wedding or not) leaves something to be desired if there aren’t any linen items hanging in there. Linen is not just one of the most durable fabrics out there, but it’s essentially the embodiment of summer. It allows for plenty of movement, it’s even breezier than cotton, and if a suit is what you’re looking for, that perfect sturdiness of linen is just what you need. It has one flaw – it creases easily, but everyone knows that, so you won’t get any judgmental side glances. However, the one advantage that trumps this minor ‘disadvantage’ is that linen suits hold up really well. They’re durable and just look better over time, so they’re actually a great investment that you can wear to a countless number of summer weddings (or summer events of any kind really).
The Unexpected Choice
When someone says ‘wool’ the mind instantly goes to cozy winter sweaters and coats. You may not know this, but there’s a wool variety called fresco wool, which could not be more perfect for a summer suit for separates. The very word ‘fresco’ comes from the Italian ‘fresh’, which means that you will not be deprived of the feeling of freshness when wearing a fresco wool suit. This option is best for weddings that are more upscale, as it does exude a certain ‘super-polished’ quality. This fabric is designed with summer in mind so the open weave ensures maximum airflow, but the crisp feel and look of the fabric that we have the high-twisted wool to thank for makes it look supremely refined. Additional bonus - lightweight wools of this variety work much better than cotton or linen in many cases, as they have the ability to wick away instead of absorbing sweat, so you’re safe even during a wedding taking place in the middle of a heatwave.
Thank you for reading!