Going to a spring wedding? Are you planning a spring wedding of your own? Either way, spring is the perfect time to put aside your heavy winter fabrics and dark colors. Check out some fresh new ideas for the best spring styles.
Fabrics for all spring weather
As much as spring is a nice change of pace from dreary winters, the weather can still be unpredictable. Depending on where the spring wedding will be held, you may have to prepare for snow and blustery cold. It may also be muddy, slushy, or icy. Or, it may be so hot that your outfit will need to keep you cool. Keep the weather and location in mind when choosing your outfit.
If you think it may be cold, but there’s a chance the weather will warm up on and off, choose a wool suit in a midweight cloth. This is a versatile fabric that can work in many different climates and for all occasions. You can add a waistcoat or a heavy overcoat for added layers of warmth if needed.
On the other hand, if your spring wedding is taking place somewhere sunny, humid, or tropical, pick a suit that’s breathable and designed to keep you cool. A heavy cotton or cotton/wool blend suit looks great for more formal weddings. Are you heading to the beach for this spring wedding? Choose a chambray or seersucker cotton suit, or a lightweight, breezy linen suit.
The best spring colors
Not sure what suit colors are “spring-appropriate?” You can’t go wrong with an indigo blue suit or light gray suit. These two suit colors can be paired with all kinds of shirt colors and accessories for a beautiful spring look.
Try these color combinations with either suit:
- A red or pink tie with a white dress shirt
- A lavender or maroon tie with a white dress shirt
- A navy tie with a light blue or pink dress shirt
- A black tie with a white dress shirt
Pastels like robin’s egg blue, mint, canary yellow, and blush are popular spring colors. Bolder colors like salmon, forest green, tangerine, and sky blue will work as well. Once you have an idea of which colors you’d like for your outfit, feel free to try different patterns for your tie and shirt, like polka dots, checks, stripes, or florals.
Finally, use your accessories to complete your spring wedding look. A fresh carnation, rose, or any other lapel flower pinned to your suit jacket will ultimately brighten up your outfit. You can also choose a floral tie, bowtie, pocket square, or dress shirt to evoke spring. Just don’t wear everything floral patterned, which will look overwhelming.
As for shoes, watchbands, and belts, stick to brown leather instead of black in most cases. (One exception would be a light gray suit, white dress shirt, and black tie, which pairs well with black shoes.) Black can often look too heavy with linen and cotton suits, or look out of place with spring colors and patterns. A cognac brown oxford shoe is appropriate for most dress codes and looks good with different kinds of outfits. You might also try brogues, loafers, or clean and sleek sneakers if the dress code is more casual.
Don’t forget about practical accessories that can protect you from the elements! A classic pair of aviator sunglasses or black Wayfarers will protect your eyes from the sun, a must for spring weddings that are outdoors or on the beach. Bring along a nice umbrella, too, which can shield you from harsh sunlight and keep you dry from sudden spring showers.
Find your spring style with Jim’s Formal Wear
Now that you know what to look for in your spring wedding outfit, find all the pieces at Jim’s Formal Wear! Browse our online collection of styles to pick the perfect suit or tuxedo for you.