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C+L Summer '22 Wedding Style Guide

by Priya Pappu |

Wedding season 2022 is in full swing! Along with all the feelings of everlasting love, late night dance parties, teary eyed vows, cocktail hours, catching bouquets, and all the joy a wedding brings; they also present questions like                    “What should I wear?”

Never fear, dapper friends! We’ve hand-picked some of our favorite C+L looks to take you seamlessly through any nuptial situation imaginable - whether it’s an intimate destination ceremony, boozy farewell brunch, Americana backyard fling, coastal soireé, or one last chance to match your mini-me - we promise, we’ve got you covered!

With that, we are proud to present the Clifton+Leopold Summer 2022 Wedding Style Guide.

If you live anywhere in the Southeast, chances are a rustic barn wedding is somewhere in your future. If the celebration has gone country, but you don’t want to go back to your roots, might we suggest our formal spin on the classic Western string tie? Our satin Kindle tie will have you Boot Scootin’ and turnin’ heads. Just remember, if you drink, don’t drive, do the Watermelon Crawl. 

After two years of wearing mostly sweats, we are so thankful that weddings are providing an occasion to really dress. And don’t be shy - everyone got the memo, and they are bringing their A-game. Our 70’s inspired, oversized Hollywood bow is guaranteed to turn heads! Feel free to strut down the aisle - just be careful not to upstage the bride.

Many couples are favoring an intimate destination wedding over a fussy ballgown-ed affair, and we are here for that! We hope you get a fabulous tropical vacation out of the deal - and if you do, the last thing you’ll be wearing is a buttoned-up suit. Just drape or loosely tie our Altitude twilly over your breezy separates to take your festive attire from Tommy Bahama to Bahama Mama. 

As friends and family reunite after a couple years in quarantine, we are seeing long wedding weekends go from welcome party to farewell brunch - that’s a wonderful amount of quality time, as well as a decent amount of outfits. If you have a get-together before or after the main event, why not opt for a look that’s more casual, but doesn’t skimp on flair. Our best selling Flame kerchief is the perfect +1 for the farewell brunch. The persimmon, poppy, and goldenrod shades will go perfectly with your Mimosa!

If you are lucky enough to receive an invite to a black tie wedding - don’t panic! While traditionally a black tie dress code calls for a dinner jacket, white shirt, and matching trousers or a long gown; 2022 fashion dictates a chic update. Our Solo bow is sure to make a statement for any gender, and we recommend pairing it with luxe trousers and your own personal take on a white button-up. 

The August may be the perfect Summer wedding tie, and that is a hill we are willing to die on. The navy palm print adds a beachy but still sophisticated note to your ensemble, because as you know, just because you’re on the coast, doesn’t mean you’re in Panama City Beach. To further add some personality, we recommend our Adieu pocket. Pattern mixing never looked so upscale. 

If you are attending a celebration that is kid friendly, and your little one is still into matching outfits, we have great news! Our Fearless and Fearless Two bows come in two sizes, and the floral print couldn’t be better suited for a romantic occasion. You never know when your mini-me will pump the brakes on a coordinated look, so jump on it while you can! The two of you are sure to steal the show. 

There are three things that are guaranteed in life - death, taxes, and running into your ex at a wedding. When you do, you’ll want to be feeling put-together and confident in what you’re wearing; with a little bit of pizazz to remind them exactly what they are missing out on. Our Lingua tie brings an accent of romantic florals and greenery, while the tropical Sunrise pocket adds a dash of fun and pairs beautifully. Whatever your goals for the evening - you’ll be dressed for success.  

One wedding trend we are seeing everywhere in 2022 is a technicolor scheme. Florals, invites, and even bridal attire is no longer limited to muted neutrals - the rainbow is literally the color palette! And you know that’s something we can get behind. If you know the event will be all over the spectrum, take a chance on a bold color pairing for your look. Our Chrysalis tie + Fleur pocket compliment a warm weather look perfectly. 

Ah, the backyard wedding. Is there anything more charming and American? Though this classic affair brings to mind a wedge heel that won’t get stuck in the grass; we were reminded when chatting with a friend recently that backyard weddings take place all over the country. Case in point - she had just returned from a friend’s backyard wedding in Hawaii. After we recovered from our jealousy, we realized that a backyard wedding calls for a fresh accessory combo, regardless of location. Enter the Chevy bow + the Ardor pocket; just as lovely in a Midwestern garden as a Hawaiian lanai. 


Wherever your wedding adventures take you this year, Clifton+Leopold is honored to possibly play a small part. And we want to see those looks! Don’t forget to tag us @cliftonandleopold and use #howidodapper. 

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