Ah, summer wedding season: the days are long, the nights are warm, and if you're anything like us, you're looking for an alternative to a stuffy suit and tie.
If the thought of spending days sweating inside layers of formal attire already has you hot under the collar, fret not.
It's time to embrace the new seersucker suit.
No, we're serious. Fortunately for young men everywhere, designers have reinvented it, eschewing cheesy gimmicks and launching a spirited, streamlined revival of this summer classic—call it Seersucker 2.0—that will have you looking as cool as you feel.
Here, we've selected our favorite new takes on the seersucker suit, plus everything you'll need to complete the look.
Why We Love It: Three elements separate the new seersucker suit from its past iterations: the cut of the pants (slim, tailored), color (elegant, evening-appropriate), and the crop of the jacket (short, hitting at the waist). This affordable and thoroughly modern option from Topman checks all the boxes.
How to Wear It: Short-sleeve shirts are your first line of defense on a hot summer day. Keep it simple with Slate & Stone's white linen shirt ($128, slateandstoneclothing.com), David Hart's pink madras tie ($90, davidhartnyc.com) and a tipped linen pocket square ($10, thetiebar.com).
Why We Love It: Paul Surridge, creative director at Z Zegna, made a name for himself by subverting the stodgy rules of menswear. Beige and gray would put many a man to sleep—but not on a suit as expertly tailored and gloriously mismatched as this one.
How to wear it: A navy polo, like this one from Burberry ($450, burberry.com), keeps this suit casual for a quick-and-easy wedding in town. For a more formal ceremony, pair it with a narrow-collared white shirt ($195, sandro-paris.com), a striped linen silk tie ($99, gucci.com), and Thom Browne's printed linen pocket square ($85, mrporter.com).
Why we love it: Burgundy seersucker: is it a thing? The dapper dudes at Thom Sweeney certainly think so. (And now, so do we.) The optional waistcoat will keep you looking sharp long after you've ditched the jacket for a turn on the dance floor.
How to Wear It: A crisp striped oxford shirt ($100, gant.com) acts as a palate cleanser for elegant, patterned accessories including a striped Turnbull & Asser tie ($195, mrporter.com) and a Paolo Albizzati pocket square ($85, barneys.com).
You're Also Going to Need Some Great Shoes
Here are five that are perfect for a special occasion.
For the Barnhouse Rehearsal Dinner
Suede derbies should be a staple item in your wardrobe, wedding or not. This style is easy to match to a variety of trousers, and the ivory salpa welt sole makes it a sporty alternative to the ubiquitous clay-soled buck.
For the Country Club Wedding
Broguing, the distinctive perforations that adorn many men's dress shoes, was invented to drain the water from walking shoes in the bogs of Scotland, which makes this pair from Johnston & Murphy ideally suited for the late-night sprinkler run at your sister's country club soirée.
For the Reception Near the Surf
Sneakers, like this hula-print number from Vans, are a great way to dress down a suit at a tropical destination wedding.
For an Intimate, Beach-Town Wedding
Penny loafers languished in the sale bins of discount shops for decades (those of us with bargain-hunting fathers can attest to this). But a renewed interest in retro rock 'n' roll style has given us glamorous renditions like this one.
For Anything and Everything
It's only taken a few years for the monk strap to soar to the top of every well-dressed guy's shopping list. We love everything about this pair from Alfred Sargent, from the mahogany leather to the elegant contrast stitching; and with a solid, weatherproof sole, you'll be able to wear these shoes with your favorite jeans well into the fall, too.