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A Guide to Summer Formalwear

This summer has brought with it the kind of glorious sunshine and unforgiving heat we’re not used to in the UK, which is fantastic for all those outdoor events taking place between now and September. Attending formal occasions during summer may mean layering up when you’d rather be wearing shorts, but some occasions call for dressing up and you’ll want to do so in style. Here are some tips for looking glamorous during the hottest days of the year.

Lace dress

Lace is one of the prettiest trends of the summer and is the ideal fabric for hot days. If it’s a wedding you’re attending,  you can easily work it into your ensemble without having to wear white, which is reserved for just one special person at the ceremony. Why not try  a pastel lace number in pale pink or cornflower blue?

Silk midi

It’s not too hard to stay cool in a floaty midi dress, with your best option for sunny days being a lightweight silk number. Midi dresses are a chic essential for formal dressing during summer and you should always have a few favourites ready to turn to in your wardrobe. Opt for an elegant thigh slit style for a chic look that will turn heads.

Heeled sandals

Summer occasions mean you can go a little less formal with your footwear, switching up your court shoes and closed toe stilettos with heeled sandals to add a glamorous finishing touch to your outfits. If you’re looking for an easy-wear option that will provide all-day comfort, opt for a pair of espadrille wedges. The best part is, you can also wear them on holiday and with more casual summer outfits, so they won’t be a wasted investment.

Quirky bag

Add a dose of fun to your summer formalwear with a quirky designer accessory to complete your look. It’s important to get your accessories right, whether you opt for a colourful clutch, a jewelled handbag or a quirky design like this Vivienne Westwood shoulder bag.


Crisp shirt

If you’re unsure of what to wear, start with a crisp white shirt and go from there. Vibrant options are a great choice for more casual events, but the white shirt is a classic choice that will never go out of style, and will never make you look under-dressed. For a touch of fun summer style without going overboard, try a white shirt with a quirky patterned trim.

Linen jacket

For an ensemble that’s formal but not stifling, try a linen or linen-blend jacket. Linen is a breathable, lightweight fabric perfect for the summer months, and it’ll keep you cool on those hot summer days when dressing up is non-negotiable. Linen jackets are also very on-trend right now, so you’re sure to impress in the sartorial department.

Coloured suit

No one is denying that black is a timeless option, but why not switch it up a bit during the summer months? A coloured suit is a suave statement piece for the modern man and will be much easier to wear in the sweltering heat. Blue is the new black when it comes to tailoring, so it’s a good idea to start there.


Complete your formal ensembles with a handsome pair of sunglasses. They’re nothing short of a lifesaver if you’ll be outside all day and will add a cool finishing touch to your look for the perfect blend of smart and summery styling.

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