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I‘ve never been great at math, but by my estimate, I’ve attended approximately 46 gajillion weddings over the past eight years.

At least, that’s how it feels sometimes. And if you’re anything like me, your calendar will be punctuated with weddings each year for the decade that spans from your mid-20s to your mid/late-30s.

Weddings provide a great excuse to suit up in our otherwise increasingly casual culture, but if you don’t wear a suit very often, it can be tough (and even a little uncomfortable) to nail the look.

To make sure you’ve got all your bases covered, I’m putting together a few wedding-gear guides to help you Look Good, Feel Good at any vow-exchanging ceremony.

First up, a head-to-toe explanation of what to wear to a spring wedding.

What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

The Suit

J-Crew Ludlow in Italian Stretch Chino

what to wear to spring wedding menJ.Crew’s Ludlow (pictured here and in the banner above) was one of my top recommendations for guys looking to buy their first suit, and with good reason.

With a damn-near perfect, modern cut that’s available in multiple colors and fabrics, you’ll find few off-the-rack suits better suited to the modern man – pun intended! (Good god, I’m the worst.)

This beige version is the perfect color for spring, and the chino material should be light enough to keep you from over-heating on the dance floor, but thick enough to still feel fine once the sun goes down.

Plus, you’ll likely stand out from the sea of blue and grey suits every other guy will be sporting.

Where to Get It:

$298 | J.Crew – Ludlow suit jacket in Italian stretch chino
$158 | J.Crew – Ludlow suit pant in Italian stretch chino

Note:

For tips about buying a suit off the rack – including how it should fit, how to get it tailored and other options for where to buy it – check out my post about buying your first suit here.


The Shirt

Banana Republic Camden or Grant Fit in Birdseye Blue

what to wear to spring wedding menThe light-blue shirt under a beige suit is a classic spring look that works well and gives you plenty of options for ties (more on that below).

The “birdseye” shade of blue adds just the right amount of color without being over-powering, allowing the suit to get most of the attention.

Note that Banana Republic’s shirts now come in two sizing options: the Grant is their slim fit, while the Camden leaves a little more breathing room in the arms, chest and waist for those still carrying some of their winter weight into spring.

Where to Get It:

$79.50 | Banana Republic – Birdseye Blue Dress Shirt


The Tie

what to wear to a spring wedding menAs noted, you’ve got a few options here.

My first choice would be a dark blue tie, either one sporting small white polka dots or a knit version. The dark blue will play perfectly against the lightness of the birdseye shirt and subtly bring out more of its blue hue.

Another solid, though slightly more casual, option is a grey chambray tie. The lightweight chambray is perfect for spring/summer, just make sure you choose a shade of grey that’s not too light – you want the tie to stand out from your shirt, not disappear into it.

Where to Get It:

$24 | Amazon – Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Connected Dot Tie
$28 | Amazon – The Tie Bar 100% Silk Knit Solid Blue 2 3/4″ Width Tie
$20 | Amazon – The Tie Bar 100% Cotton Soft Gray Classic Chambray 2 1/2″ Skinny Tie



The Tie Bar

what to wear to a spring wedding menThe key to making your tie bar work with the rest of your outfit is to either go with a metal that matches the other metals on your kit – namely your belt buckle and watch – or go with a contrasting color that purposely sticks out.

The watch I recommend (see below) has a mix of rose gold and silver, so if you decide to go the metallic route, you’ll have a few options. I’d recommend picking up this multi-pack of tie bars. Compare your watch with the silver and rose-gold options in your pack to see which works best, then save the rest for pairing with future shirt/suit/tie combos.

Where to Get It:

$28 | Amazon – Beneleaf Men Skinny Fashion Tie Bar Clips, 1.8 inch Set of 4 Colors


The Pocket Square

what to wear to a spring wedding menTraditionally you want your pocket square to complement the colors in your shirt or your tie (or both), so you should be safe with anything in the blue family.

Since it’s spring, fold it in a way that’s a little less Mad Men and a little more Johnny Depp (though not too Johnny Depp) for a look that’s sharp, but still kind of care-free. (Or, as care-free as you can be while wearing a meticulously planned suit comprised of complementary pieces.)

Where to Get It:

$16 | Amazon – Retreez 5 Piece Assorted Woven Microfiber Premium Pocket Square Gift Box Set
Lots More Options Here


The Belt

what to wear to a spring wedding menSince we’re going with blue for the shirt, you’ll want to keep the belt, shoes and watch band brown.

Any slim, dark brown belt will do, and you can find a ton of good options on Amazon. Slim belts tend to look dressier than wide ones, so look for one that’s no more than 1.5 inches in width.

Where to Get It:

$24 | Amazon – Savile Row Men’s Dress Belt – Black, Brown & Reversible
$20 | Amazon – Geoffrey Beene Men’s Milled Kid Grain Belt
And Lots More Options Here


The Watch

what to wear to a spring wedding menThis 35 mm (1.5 inches) minimalist watch from Bulova is by far the nicest and most “dressed up” watch I own – and it costs less than $100 bucks.

The brown leather strap should work perfectly with your belt and shoes as long as they’re on the darker side and the white face and polished rose-gold case look classy and refined, without dipping into ostentatious “watch snob” territory.

I’ve received many unsolicited compliments on this watch, and I get the impression that most people think it cost way more than 100 bucks – and I, of course, am happy to let them go write on thinking that… (unless they read this, of course, in which case I’m screwed)

Where to Get It:

$84 | Amazon – Bulova Men’s Brown Leather Strap and White Dial Watch


The Shoes

A brown belt requires brown shoes – period. End of discussion. This can’t be debated. (I don’t know why I’m still typing.)

Since it’s spring, you can ditch the tread of your winter boots and opt for shoes that have a light weight sole. But keep in mind, weddings tend to mean dancing, and leather soles can lead to slipping on your ass.

Where to Get Them:

$100 | Aldo – Ricmann in Dark Brown or Cognac
$71 to $150 | Amazon – Stacy Adams Men’s Dickinson Cap-Toe Oxford
$148 | Banana Republic – Shaw Italian Leather Oxford


The Socks

Depending on where you live, spring could mean you’re free to go sockless until next fall, or it could mean your ankles won’t see daylight for at least another month.

If you do need socks, opt for something light weight and breathable. Colorwise you have two options: go with a blue pattern that plays on your shirt, tie and pocket square, or keep your ankles from drawing much attention with a beige pair that blends into the color of your pants.

If you decide to go for the sockless look but don’t want to sweat through your shoes, grab a pair of no-show socks that will let you show off your ankles while keeping your feet comfortable (and their attendant smells contained).

Where to Get Them:

$8.50 | Amazon – Men’s Dress Socks, Navy Blue with Polka Dots
$8 to $12 | Amazon – EMEM Apparel Men’s Soft Ribbed Cotton Knit in Beige
$10 to $16 | Amazon – MABUA Cotton No Show Socks

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