From shirts to slacks, we’ve got you sorted!
The strategy here is “less stress, more success”. We’re talking simple, straight-to-the-point, no-fuss dressing. The checklist is short and sweet:
- Your suit
- A t-shirt
- A pocket square
- Casual shoes
- Killer shades
A BBQ, even if it is a Wedding BBQ, is always casual. Not the 'Star-Wars t-shirt and combat pants' kind of casual. But the 'tie-less, buttoned downed, chest hair on show' type casual.
It’s also a day to have a bit of relaxed fun. It’s still important to dress sharp – all the in-laws are still around. But the tie-pin, bow-tie and cravat aren’t a requirement (unless you’re a master of the modern dandy look).
If it’s warm, you want some tailored to-the-knee shorts. Perhaps chinos – relaxed, but sharp. And comfortable! Comfort is key for the day after BBQ, as a game of hangover footie, table tennis or rounders is likely to make an appearance...which we all now, when it involves in-laws, can get quite competitive.
Sockless loafers and a good quality shirt with the sleeves rolled up is also a shout, and gives you an opportunity to have a bit of fun with it. Floral, bright colours, big stripes – you’re most likely gonna have the jacket off here for most of the day so let your shirt do the talking.
If you’re re-working the suit for day two and aren't into loud shirts, stick a bright-coloured pocket-square in your suit jacket and you’ll achieve a similar effect. Make sure you’re wearing a t-shirt underneath to relax out the suit.
Add fresh kicks or boat shoes to dress down the outfit and a pair of killer sunglasses - you’re good to go.
For the very adventurous: white trousers in summer, camel-on-camel in winter – but steer clear of those drinking red wine.
And lastly –no matter what time you got in from the night before (if you even stopped) – slicked-back hair and a well-groomed beard are still required. It might not be the main event, but you still can’t look scruffy.