It’s your big day and looking your best is an absolute must! The multitude of colour, pattern, style and fit options can be overwhelming especially with everything else you need to arrange for the ceremony, reception and honeymoon. Rest easy, in this quick guide to wedding suits, we’ll outline all the considerations that should go into your suit – taking care of one of the many stresses involved in getting married so you can relax and enjoy a day that’s all about you, safe in the knowledge that you’re the best dressed in the room.
Colours Patterns and weaves
Your choice of fabric is going to go a long way to dictating how your finished outfit looks. Unlike with workwear and formalwear, which can be incredibly restrictive in terms of what colours and patterns you can go for, your wedding is the prime opportunity to express your personal style preferences – bigger, bolder colours and patterns are not only more appropriate but suggested, you want to stand-out and look the best in the room after all.
It’s fairly common to have colour theme at a wedding but we suggest you don’t use whatever that colour is as the base colour for your suit, it can end up clashing with other stylistic choices at the wedding. However, choosing to integrate that colour into the suit in some way is a great way of maintaining consistency throughout. For instance, a grey base with an overcheck or stripe in the themed colour is one way of doing that, as is choosing a lining that matches or picking out that colour on one of the cuff holes or under the collar.
Whilst in general we suggest muting down the choice of pattern for work suits, a wedding suit should go the opposite way, without crossing the line into the garish, obviously. By choosing bolder checks, stripes weaves and colours, you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd and make a statement. Don’t worry too much about how the suit will look in retrospect, fabrics tend not to fluctuate as much in terms of what is in and out of trend as do style and fit, so we’ll talk about those next.
The fit and style of a suit are really what dictates the end look, obviously the fabric has a massive effect too but the fit, loose, close or in-between coupled with stylistic choices are really the considerations that define the theme and overall vibe of the suit; ideally we’re looking to straddle the line between contemporary and class styling and fit and classic – way too will look dated when looking back on your wedding photos in the years ahead. We do this by adopting moderated versions of what is currently in vogue. I’ll explain below.
A great way of articulating the point is by looking at lapel styles as a means of understanding how to aim for a happy centre ground. From the late 00’s until the mid 10’s slim lapels were very much in fashion, starting with a move away from the oversized lapels of the 90’s eventually this trend become hyperbolic with some suits seen with lapels that were extremely narrow. We now see the opposite, lapels began to become wider again in the mid-10’s with a greater focus on peak, rather than notch lapels and now we are again in an era of oversized lapels, especially amongst trendsetters. Either side of a standard width lapel (as dictated by tradition) is fine, it marks the suit as being from a specific era but in general doesn’t look gaudy unless overdone, looking back on super slim, or massively oversized lapels will always seem dated unless at the exact same spot in the fashion cycle in the future. You should aim, therefore, to mirror the trend of the day, currently oversized, but only marginally so, that way, the suit will look smart and only slightly dated (if at all) when looking back. The same is true of the pocket styles, front fastening, pleats on trousers and a multitude of other suit styling options.
Fit is exactly the same as styling, slim-fit vs loose fit is a cyclical stylistic choice that mirrors lapel width. We are again just coming out of the era of the super-slim and into the loose-fit. However, we want to mirror the fit of the day cautiously. By going too far in either direction we run the risk of looking ridiculously dated in the same way zoot-suits of the 30’s and drainpipes of the 70’s do now. There is an acceptable span of fit though, slightly tighter than centre and looser than centre that will not age poorly but will in fact demonstrate a personal preference as well as an understanding of the cyclical nature of menswear.
Whilst buying suits off-the-peg can be suitable for business suits, I’d rarely, if ever, recommend the same for wedding suits. Going bespoke is always the best option, after all, this is your big day and happens (hopefully) but once in a lifetime. Navigating the myriad of options in terms of fabrics, styles and fit is daunting enough without the multitude of other decisions required of you when organising your wedding. By visiting an experienced tailor, the process not only become much less of a headache but a pleasure and you can rest assured that you’ll not only look your absolute best, but also look better than anyone else there, which after all, should be the ultimate aim.
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