If you follow me on social, you’ll know I’ve had a cool and exciting project coming up with the chaps at Burton Menswear. Well, it’s here! I was recently contacted by them and tasked with creating a chilled look for a very specific smart occasion. The occasion I was given was a wedding abroad, after donning my suit and waiting what seemed like years for a spot of sun, I headed out on the shoot.
I think for an abroad wedding you want to be comfortable, chilled and effortless. The ‘less is more’ approach definitely works better when it comes to being abroad. The light coloured suit offers a fantastic base to build off of for the overall look.
I love a good wedding and I think it’s so important to look your best, whether you’re the groom, the father of the bride or the best man - it’s all in the suit and how you style it up! Here’s exactly how you should be styling up a suit when you head to the South of France for your best mate’s wedding.
You want a nice light suit, especially if the wedding is on the beach or in amongst the amazing sandstone buildings, the Slim Fit Grey Cotton Suit that I am wearing is perfect for this. The material is actually quite light which makes it a great choice for warmer climes - plus the slim fitting tailoring makes it a really nice, modern looking fit, especially if you’re of a slimmer build. This suit is actually perfect to keep in your wardrobe at all times, it’s great to dress up or down and offers total dapper versatility, both with and without a tie.
Soft and neutral tones are great for weddings abroad, blacks and dark blues can look a bit harsh plus you’ll be absolutely boiling when your suit absorbs the summer rays! The bottoms of the legs roll up really nicely, which is great if the wedding is on the beach and you fancy a paddle…it just looks super chilled and comfortable.
Style it up
Often it’s not necessarily what you wear, it’s how you wear it. Adding cool additional touches is the ultimate way to get the most from an outfit. As we’re talking a warm Mediterranean wedding I think it’s all about the shades. I’m rocking a pair of super cool Black Matte Clubmasters which literally cost twelve quid but look and feel like much higher quality. These are literally summer all wrapped up in a pair of sunnies, and they’re possibly one of the best ways you can make your wedding look go from hot to sizzling. The white skinny fit shirt, which you can grab for £22 is great for offsetting against the dark sunglasses, and for keeping you cool!
The great thing about this suit, and of course attending weddings abroad is that you don’t have to wear a tie! I’ve shown you the look both with and without the tie, and both look smart and effortlessly cool. If you fancy wearing a tie, you should of course pick one to match your date’s dress. Burton has a huge range of ties available, the one I am wearing is the Slim Neutral Patterned Tie - actually the key word in this is neutral and is the one theme I would recommend carrying through the whole look, this £10 tie is great for creating a clean and really fresh look. I’ve teamed it with a gold tie clip, again to keep the really fresh tones. At just £10 these are a real steal, plus they come with some cufflinks which is great for a double cuffed shirt!
I’d always recommend accessorising, a bit of man jewellery never went amiss I’m wearing the Smart Ridge Bangle, this is a super cool detailed bangle that’ll fit most wrists, it just helps to make the suit a little more casual, comfortable and smart looking. The other important thing is shoes! Now, not going to lie, if it’s a beach wedding I’d be totally happy going barefoot - however in this instance I chose to roll up the legs of the trousers and wear some super smart Burgundy Tassel Loafers, a bit of a steal at £18!
Now all that’s left to do is add a buttonhole, rather than putting mine in the usual buttonhole position, I opted to pop mine in my breast pocket, it’s a great way of replacing a pocket square and adds a cool dynamic to the look.
It’s the perfect look for a nice chilled wedding, the look is adaptable to help you stay comfy in warmer climates but is also crazy affordable, helping you offset the cost of your plane ticket!
Hello! I'm Sam Squire - I am a UK industry recognised mens style and lifestyle blogger from imsamsquire.com