How to Suit Up for a Spring Wedding

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How to Suit Up for a Spring Wedding
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Spring wedding season is in full effect, and chances are you're attending one yourself. With such a variety of wedding venues, it can be difficult to know what's appropriate for the occasion. To provide some sartorial insight, we enlisted the aid of two top fashion experts to break down what to wear to a spring wedding in three popular settings: country, city and garden.

A Little Bit Country
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A Little Bit Country

Many couples take advantage of warmer temperatures by holding their wedding ceremony outside, perhaps at a winery in the country. For these events, Monte Durham, fashion director for "Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta," says that linen rules. "Pull out the linen shirts and the linen pants," he says. For a more formal touch, you also could add a vest, he notes. Linen suits in light colors, but not white, are quite popular for country weddings in the spring.

Think Casual
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Think Casual

When choosing complementing elements for your linen suit, Durham says to go with brown shoes and a loose tie. The shoes could be lace-up, slip-ons or even loafers. Pair with socks in neutral colors that won't detract from the suit's appearance. The tie should be knotted, but let it hang in a relaxed state rather than tightening it up in a more formal mode. You can also opt to go tieless for a casual wedding.

Back in Time
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Back in Time

To accessorize for a country wedding, Durham says to go with a vintage, organic feel. "Grab dad or granddad's tie," he says. The style and pattern will set the tone for a spring wedding from years past. He adds, "Pocket watches are coming back in vogue, so you may have that in your vest."

Get Cityfied
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Get Cityfied

For spring weddings in the city, expect to take your attire up a notch, although not necessarily to a formal level. Alan Au, vice president and co-owner of Jimmy Au's for Men 5'8" and Under in Beverly Hills, California, recommends donning a navy or midnight blue suit. "Depending on the lighting, blue actually looks richer than black," he says. To add depth, pair the suit with a tonal shirt, one in a lighter or much lighter shade of blue than the suit itself.

Be Distinct
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Be Distinct

Lest you come across as monochromatic, Au suggests setting off your suit and shirt with an elegant floral tie. "It will pop and remind everyone of spring," he says. "If that's too much, add an interesting pocket square. It can be a patterned handkerchief or a solid one with a contrasting rolled edge. If you are a true fashionista, then combine all elements: a lighter tonal shirt, floral tie and graphic pocket square. It's all about confidence."

Bling It On
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Bling It On

Although the bride's wedding rings will rightfully be the ultimate bling, you can still add some of your own to accentuate your attire. For instance, Durham recommends a bold watch and cuff links for a masculine approach to accessories.

In the Garden
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In the Garden

If you are attending a garden wedding, you only have one true choice for what to wear. "Seersucker rules for garden weddings," Durham says. Seersucker pants and a jacket paired with a button-down shirt -- sleeves can be rolled up or down per your preference -- are the way to go.

It's in the Details
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It's in the Details

To make the most of your seersucker suit, outfit it with the right accessories. Durham says a fabric belt, colorful socks and white bucks or saddle shoes will pull the entire outfit together. When choosing a tie, he suggests either a bow tie -- "Make them big and patterned," he says -- or a knitted tie.

The Finishing Touches
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The Finishing Touches

A few simple extras will take your outfit to the next level. "Straw hats rule with this outfit," Durham says. His recommendation is a boater hat. Also, consider a pocket square fitted loosely in your pocket instead of a sharp peak. For jewelry, "Cuff links are at play," Durham says. "Also, the tie bar works well." For a truly dapper élan, add one final piece of the puzzle. "If you're bold, carry a walking stick," Durham says.

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