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From the end of March until the middle of September, my life is taken over by the boys of summer! So when it comes to our Summer in the South series, we couldn’t leave out our handsome beaus.

Since we’re a girl’s club here at Southern Weddings, we’re turning to our friend and stylish blogger, Darren at Well Groomed, for his manly summer essentials. Take it away, Darren!

A. Try offsetting a classic navy button-down with unexpected soft red pants.

B. Too flustered to remember what to pack? This dopp kit’s illustrations make it a no-brainer.

C. Wedding planning? You’ll inevitably be dragged into some late-night, last-minute DIYs. This Baxter of California cream will keep your under eye bags and circles in check for the big day.

D. Bow ties are a must in the summer. Wear yours on the floral side, and the groomsmen on the chambray for a coordinated look that isn’t matchy-matchy.

E. Firing up the grill is dirty work. Give each groomsman a bar of Rocky Top Soap Shop soap to put their briquettes on cleanup duty before their walk down the aisle.

F. Don’t let glaring rays cause you to squint in every candid shot. Warby Parker takes the classic aviator shape and gives it a modern update in navy.

G. Keep track of to-dos, write and re-write vows, and leave notes with these convenient J. Crew notebooks.

H. Get physical without breaking a sweat with a classic lawn game from Amish Avenue.

I. These derby shoes from Walkover will make you want to go sans socks year round.

J. Add 8oz of Kentucky bourbon to traditional peach iced tea for a cool, guzzle-inducing drink.

Y’all are going to have mighty handsome gents, aren’t you? Thanks for your advice, Darren!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Darren reply

    Glad I could add my testosterone-filled two cents to the series!

  2. avatar Nicole reply

    Thanks for the great southern groom tips! I have a question for the southern wedding experts! I am planning our wedding for Spring, outside at plantation in Mississippi. I would love for my fiance to wear/purchase a great summer weight blue or grey suit (instead of renting). I see so many great options in your featured weddings, but never see groom attire vendors in the credits. Can you post some of the most common vendors for groom attire of this sort?! Thanks Southern Weddings! I love what you do! xoxo,nicole

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Hi Nicole! Happy to help! First, though, thank you for pointing out the lack of groom’s attire credits – I don’t know how we missed it, but we weren’t asking for that info on our real wedding interviews!! I’ve added the question, so expect to see many more menswear credits on future posts! In the meantime, I’d try Brooks Brothers, J.Crew, Jos. A. Bank, Macy’s, and/or Men’s Wearhouse! Independent brands like Billy Reid and Sid Mashburn are also great, but more expensive!

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