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How to Dress for Summer Events

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Summer brims with events that put both diary planning and occasion-dressing skills to the test. Weddings, garden parties and sporting fixtures abound – so, what to wear? With a calculated mix of relaxed tailoring, smart-casual charm and prints for peacocking – each deployed as and when it’s right – you’ll find cracking the social season’s dress codes to be a piece of cake.

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Man in short-sleeve shirt and long trousers sitting by a pool

Garden Party

Serpentine Summer Party or cocktails on the lawn with work; treat al-fresco garden parties as opportunities to flex your more daring looks. Like the guest list, your outfit should read like a who’s who of international names to know – be it London’s Wales Bonner or California’s Amiri. Wear a pastel suit that adds colour to the evening’s conversation. Or underscore classic tailoring with a statement silk shirt. Your plus one? Some Jacques Marie Mage shades for arrival.

Man in cream jacket and trousers and black shirt standing in a garden

Centre Court

Acing your outfit for sporting events requires nous. Wimbledon, for instance, has no explicit dress code, yet there remain unwritten rules that it pays to remember. One: the athletes are the spectacle, not you. Lightly puckered shirts à la Studio Nicholson won’t cause a racket, while pristine sneakers in a tennis silhouette are your nod to the game. Two: if in doubt, consult the umpire. Dressed in the tournament’s official outfitter Polo Ralph Lauren, they epitomise collegiate cool via cable-knit sweaters and crease-proof chinos. Your serve.

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