Sun, sea and sartorial dilemmas

What to wear to any wedding can represent a bit of a conundrum. What to wear to a summer wedding on mainland Greece during a heatwave when arriving on a boat represents a whole different set of problems.

The Englishman's wardrobe, after all, is principally built for light drizzle and a persistent north wind. With the temperature in Napflio threatening to push past 37ºC, the typical British dark-coloured wool staple would not only look as out of place as a duffel coat, but could border on the dangerous.

Seersucker obviously has a lot to say about it in the heat, as this website has highlighted before but it's an indulgence when your ability to wear it at home is limited to two days each year. 

White linen could be immediately ruled out, partly for its propensity to crumple (there were no pressing facilities on board), partly for its uncanny ability to leave the wearer looking like a relic of the British diplomatic corps.

White cotton ticks the practical box but also ticks the 'who the hell is that pratt?' box. When I saw that the all-white suit was the staff uniform at the local nightclub, Villa Mercedes, this was confirmed as a good decision.

So, after a discussion with the Esquire fashion team before I left, the answer presented itself in the form of a beautifully cut navy linen suit jacket from Hackett's 2010 spring/summer collection, paired with a pair of white cotton trousers for maximum sun defence, and the kind of shoes you can only get away with on foreign soil - white nubuck oxfords from Grenson.

A light blue shirt provided the colour bridge between the white and navy, the jacket's white buttons providing the Englishman abroad's finishing touch. As Alan Partridge might put it: "The look? Imperial Leisure." www.hackett.com

Will Hersey

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