TORONTO - While heavy sportcoats and wool pullovers have been tucked away amid sweltering temperatures, men don't have to shelve good style as the thermostat climbs -- particularly as they head out to formal events.
Men unsure of what to wear to a summer wedding should take their cues from the groom, noted Walter Dimini, divisional merchandise manager for dresswear at Tip Top Tailors.
"If the groom is wearing shorts, obviously, it's OK to wear shorts. It could be short sleeves, it doesn't have to be a long sleeve. It really depends on the flavour of the wedding or the tone being set by the bride and groom."
For a stylish but more casual option, Dimini said men could opt for a great pair of chinos in a polished cotton.
"Let's say you do a natural or khaki colour, wear a white shirt. And if it's looking like it's a little bit more formal than you anticipated, if it's a long-sleeved shirt you can just wear it long-sleeved. If it's a little less formal, then you just roll up the sleeves and go a bit more casual.
Here are some fashion must-haves for summer.
A: Anorak Jacket
<a href="http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/pack-and-go/Apres-Practice-Anorak?cc=4247&sli=1" target="_hplink">Apres Practice Anorak</a>, Available at Lululemon, $158.
<a href="http://women.brownsshoes.com/eng_ca/product/Boots-Ankle-high75mm/64604" target="_hplink">BROWNS ID & JC</a>, Available at Brown Shoes, $198.
<a href="http://www.endless.com/Lisa-Stewart-Modern-Gold-Plated-Cuff-Bracelet/dp/B004P5PQ14/180-3732804-0647449?ie=UTF8&ascsubtag=aid10475705-pid2687457-sid59cb68f2d6994ae49e515b8b043e066c&suppressRedirect=1&tag=endlesscj-20" target="_hplink">Lisa Stewart "Modern Myth" 14k Gold-Plated Pink Cuff-Bracelet</a>, Available at Endless.com, $119.
D: Droplet Earrings
<a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/70103950/tigerlily-kite-tail-lace-and-chain" target="_hplink">Tigerlily Kite Tail Lace And Chain Geometric Earrings by This Ilk</a>, Available on Etsy.com, $32.
E: Eco Collections
<a href="http://www.notjustpretty.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_9&products_id=1762" target="_hplink">Covet Open Shoulder Tee</a>, Available at Covet, $56.
F: Flip Flops That Don't Suck
<a href="http://www.michaelkors.com/store/catalog/prod.jhtml?itemId=prod8010008&parentId=" target="_hplink">KORS Michael Kors Winnie Flip-Flops</a>, Available at Michael Kors, $44.
G: Game-On -- Everyday
<a href="http://www.joefresh.com/en/product/tulip-dress" target="_hplink">Tulip Dress</a>, Available at Joe Fresh, $69.
H: High-Low Skirt
<a href="http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?br=F21&Category=BTMs&ProductID=2000036027&VariantID=&utm_source=affiliatetraction&utm_medium=cj&utm_campaign=affiliate" target="_hplink">High-Low Skirt With Belt</a>, Available at Forever 21, $20.
<a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23690100&color=923&color=923&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS" target="_hplink">Circling Initial & Stone Ring</a>, Available at Urban Outfitters, $10.
<a href="http://store.americanapparel.ca/rsa0323.html" target="_hplink">Tri-Blend Pocket Jumpsuit</a>, Available at American Apparel, $54.
K: Kimono Jacket
<a href="http://usa.frenchconnection.com/product/woman+New+In/75XB7/Flutter+Sky+Kimono+Jacket.htm" target="_hplink">Flutter Sky Kimono Jacket</a>, Available at French Connection, $168.
L: Low Backs
<a href="http://www.lulus.com/products/evening-news-backless-neon-yellow-dress/49313.html" target="_hplink">Neon Yellow Dress</a>, Available at LuLu.com, $46.
<a href="http://www.anntaylor.com/ann/product/AT-Accessories/AT-View-All/Glitter-Zip-Clutch/280876?colorExplode=false&skuId=11164203&catid=cata000025&productPageType=search&defaultColor=7586" target="_hplink">Glitter Zip Clutch</a>, Available at Ann Taylor, $48.
N: Touch Of Neon
<a href="http://www.thebay.com/eng/womens-dressescontemporary-weartowork-Jessie_Dress-thebay/237368" target="_hplink">Jessie Dress by Tahari,</a> Available at The Bay, $107.
O: Old School
<a href="http://www.thetwistband.com/hair-ties/anchor-gigi-hair-tie-set.html" target="_hplink">Anchor Gigi Hair Tie</a>, Available at TwistBand, $10.
<a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-belts/24259517.jsp?cm_mmc=PJN-_-Affiliates-_-Placement=20648-_-ShopAnthropologie" target="_hplink">Corsetta Belt</a>, Available at Anthropologie, $48.
<a href="http://www.etsy.com/listing/87500197/clear-crystal-quartz-necklace-14k-gold?ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=quartz+necklace&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=quartz+necklace&ga_includes%5B%5D=tags&ga_view_type=gallery" target="_hplink">Clear Crystal Quartz Necklace 14K Gold Filled chain Jewelry Icicle Point Arrow Spike</a>, Available at Etsy.com, $20.
R: Retro Watches
Timex 80, Available at ASOS.com, $93.
Stacey Brass Snake Cuff, Available at Chloe, $595.
<a href="http://www.hm.com/ca/product/98706?article=98706-A" target="_hplink">Denim Shorts</a>, Available at H&M, $30.
<a href="http://www.fultonumbrellas.com/shop/info_L042_lily.html" target="_hplink">Lily Birdcage Umbrella</a>, Available at Fulton, $29.
<a href="http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/clearance/womens-shoes/heels/81421914-spaziano/57" target="_hplink">SPAZIANO High Heels</a>, Available at ALDO, $40.
W: Woven Bags
<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/am/product/189254?cm_mmc=LinkshareUS-_-ProductFeed-_-Marc_by_Marc_Jacobs-_-Shoulder+Bags&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-CXrwIWUh9jS_YfeX42xN9w" target="_hplink">Rosie Woven Bucket Bag</a>, Available at Marc Jacobs, $430.
X: Cross Borders
It was recently <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/01/bloomingdales-canada-the-bay_n_1468292.html#s=924869" target="_hplink">reported retail giant Bloomingdale's could be making its way to Canada</a> -- along with Target, J.Crew and Marshalls.
<a href="http://us.asos.com/countryid/2/ASOS-Palm-Print-Hipster-Bikini-Pant/tfov0/?sgid=3755&MID=35719&affid=2135&siteID=J84DHJLQkR4-ZAGXs9JuPZ3uU3lPoSE8wA" target="_hplink">50's Cross Front Sweetheart Bathing Suit</a>, Available at ASOS, $37.
<a href="http://www.forzieri.com/usa/product_view.asp?l=usa&c=usa&dept_id=18&sku=mi132912-004-00" target="_hplink">Medium Fabric and Leather Shoulder Bag</a>, Available at Missoni, $690.
"If it's going to be in August, and especially during the day, and it's going to be on the beach, I don't think people are expecting anybody to be wearing a jacket," he added.
Dimini said men should also swap out their dress shirt — which is meant to be mostly worn with suits — and seek a more fun alternative.
"It should be just kind of a cool shirt. It could be linen, it could have an interesting pattern on it, it could be a great colour, like a great royal blue," he said.
Dimini noted that pink is also re-emerging as a go-to hue in the men's wardrobe. Ginghams, checks and houndstooth are among the hot choices in patterns — and it extends beyond shirts and ties.
Dimini said a notable trend to dress up suits without wearing a tie is a pocket square, allowing for a small sliver of colour to be visible in the breast pocket.
"If you have a houndstooth shirt, then if you could find a houndstooth-patterned pocket square it would be great — but it would have to be a tiny, tiny pattern," Dimini said. "If you've got a solid shirt, you could play with any pattern on the pocket puff, provided it doesn't clash with the suit."
Men seeking to invest in a suit will want to get some versatility out of the look. Dimini said those who want an option suitable for businesswear should consider going for a lightweight wool suit. But for men looking to lengthen the wear of their new buy beyond summer, he cautions them to be mindful of their colour choice.
"If it's a pearl grey, it's really not great for during the winter. It stands out. So if this is THE suit you're going to buy, then I would steer away from a really pale, pale grey. I would go with the mid-tone."
Tip Top Tailors: www.tiptoptailors.ca