Your choice of down-the-aisle duds can have a major impact on the sweatiness factor. If you’re suiting up in the summer months or in a tropical locale, lighter colors and lightweight, breathable materials like cotton and linen will help you keep your cool (there’s a reason seersucker became Southerners’ summer dress uniform)—and of course, you can always lose the jacket altogether come reception time. But if your wedding’s on the more formal side, you can still wear a wool-blend suit without worrying about sweating. Kenneth Cole AWEAR-TECH and Cole Haan Grand O.S. both offer stylish suits made with advanced fabric technology that helps control moisture, aka sweat. Cool, right? (No pun intended.) For an added layer of protection, you can also buy sweatproof undershirts, or ask your tailor about sewing absorbent perspiration pads into the underarms of your shirt or jacket. And don’t forget to keep a handkerchief handy to mop your face or neck as needed—hands off that pocket square!
Donning a dress? Opt for an airy silhouette that will allow air to circulate. Trust us when we say that rocking a formfitting lace gown at an outdoor venue on a 90-plus-degree day has some interesting implications for trips to the ladies’ room. Talk to your stylist about the best fabrics for a hot-weather wedding, such as chiffon, crepe, charmeuse or silk organza. Sleeveless silhouettes with an open or V-shaped back can also help keep things breezy, or if you want a slightly more modest style, breathable illusion fabric is the way to go.