It’s officially wedding season, and there are occasions when formalwear—yes, real, bona-fide formalwear—is required for your little one. But how to avoid the cheesy “little man” vibe and let boys be boys? Unless he’s over 3, go for a more traditional approach, such as a john-john, an Eton suit or knickers paired with a vest.  (In other words, skip the I-Work-at-Goldman ensembles.) As they get older, integrate a blazer and tie, piece by piece, and pair with shorts or dress pants instead of a matchy-matchy ensemble. Our favorite neckwear comes courtesy of Urban Sunday, which focuses almost exclusively on neckties and bowties in adorable fabrics like gingham and seersucker. As for tuxedos? Well, the truly black and white-tie weddings do require them, but we suggest borrowing from a friend rather than investing in one yourself (though Crewcuts makes a nice one). Chances are, he’ll never need it again—well, until prom!—CC

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Florence Eiseman, TF Laurence Boys Blue Stripes Seersucker Jacket Blazer, $68.00

Florence Eiseman, TF FLaurence Boys Blue Stripe Seersucker Dress Short, $49.00

Gordon and Co., Boys Flax/Khaki Linen Eton Suit with Shirt, $96.00

Crewcuts, Boys’ purple madras tie, $24.50

Crewcuts,Boy’s Suit Pant in Italian Chino, $78.00

Crewcuts, Boys vest in Italian Chino, $79.50

Crewcuts, Boys’ Thomas Mason fabric shirt in Classic White, $78.00

Ralph Lauren, Cotton Twill Suit, $249.99 (was $395.00)

Marie Chantal, Boys Blazer, Navy, $224.00

Marie Chantal, Long Sleeve Shirt, Small Blue Check, $52.00 (was $104.00)

Marie Chantal, Flat Front Pant, Off-White $45.00 (was $90.00)

Ralph Lauren, Camel Hair Jacket, $350.00

Ralph Lauren, Linen Flat-Front Pant, $109.99 (was $125.00)

Ralph Lauren, Wool Brass-Button Blazer, $260.00

Ralph Lauren, Suffield Flat-Front Chino Pant, $35.00

Boy’s Crab Bow Tie, $45.00

Urban Sunday, Newport Necktie, $25.00

Urban Sunday, London Necktie, $25.00


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