Wedding invitations can add stress to your summer. Never mind the travel arrangements and locking down your plus-one; you'll have to secure the right suit, as the charcoal wool number hanging in your closet isn't going to cut it. It hasn't seen the light of day since your last job interview, and it's entirely too heavy and too dark for an outdoor ceremony under the sun. Our latest installment of the Freshness Grid gets you expertly prepared for wedding season.
Kingsman Cotton Suit Jacket ($1,395) and Trousers ($495)
Linen isn't crisp enough. and sure there are lightweight wools, but you want to go with cotton for your summer suit. Save dark navy for the office and go with a blue shade that skews more toward indigo than royal.
Hugo Boss "Jason" Shirt ($175)
A finely tailored dress shirt is just as important as the suit. This one, featuring a cotton blend for stretch and a classic spread collar, ticks all the boxes.
Brunello Cucinelli Diagonal Stripe Tie ($265)
Skip the skinny ties when you're wearing a spread-collar shirt. A textured cotton silk blend makes this one stand out.
Shinola 41mm Runwell Watch ($550)
At 41mm, the stainless steel case is large and makes a statement, but it's not obnoxiously large. The blue dial features the sort of un-stuffy color you want to sport at a celebratory event.
The Tie Bar Cotton Gingham Pocket Square ($10)
When it comes to coordinating your pocket square and tie, don't get too matchy with the patterns but stay within the same color family.
The Tie Bar Sterling Silver Tie Bar ($30)
When picking out the right tie bar, just follow these rules: keep it simple and make sure it's not as wide as the tie.
Garrett Leight Kinney Sunglasses ($295)
Stick with classic sunglasses that complement the suit, not detract with wild colors or an untraditional silhouette.
Thom Browne Black Leather Card Holder ($290)
Ditch the bulky leather billfold or Velcro sport wallet and opt for a slim card holder, preferably with the added character that a pebbled leather texture provides.
AMI Black Leather Derbys ($495)
Derbys are a bit more casual and versatile than gentlemanly brogues, and these get extra style points for a contrast colored sole.
Master & Dynamic MH40 Leather Over-Ear Headphones ($400)
Any amount of traveling requires quality headphones. Get a quality pair that has the grown-up good looks to match your suit-and-tie ensemble.
Rimowa Salsa Deluxe Cabin Multiwheel Carry-On ($595)
It's time to upgrade from your backpack and duffle. This polycarbonate hard-shell case will keep your belongings secure, while the four-wheel construction makes navigating the busiest terminal a breeze.
Tumi Astor-Cooper Travel Kit ($215)
The coated canvas build means this kit will maintain its structure through years of travel.