Whether you're heavily involved in the wedding planning or just need to show up for the big day, there's one thing a groom can't overlook - your suit.
You may be sure about showing up, but what about how you will show up? Here are a few things you'll need to consider for your wedding suit.
COLOR - Explore when it's called for.
You can't go wrong with a navy or charcoal gray suit. Either is appropriate for the big day. We'll even say that having a suit in either color should be in every gentleman's closet as they're great for any formal.
A garden or beach wedding is a great opportunity to explore and be playful with design (not just color) as it is on the casual side of wedding themes. Not as bound by formality requirements, you can now pick other colors such as cream and grey, which are lighter tones that stand out more. We have even had some greens done (pictured above) in lighter and darker tones. If you are reading this after you have had your suit made in charcoal, there is no reason to be anxious as the aforementioned dark colors are still wedding appropriate.
As for your shirt, opt for a solid color to preserve the formality of the event regardless of theme. Best go for white or other lighter shades such as blue and cream.
Lastly on color, match your trousers with your suit jacket. Broken suits are rarely opted for as they can come off as being too casua.
SUIT STYLE - More layers, more formal.
A two-piece suit with a single breasted, two button jacket is a simple option with timeless elegance. Like the picking a charcoal and navy color, you cannot go wrong with this one either.
If you're seeking added flair and formality, go for a double-breasted suit. Always have a formal dress shirt and necktie when you do. There may be less flexibility when moving in this jacket (when compared to the former), so we would like to reiterate the importance of visiting your tailor to get the right fit.
For added confidence, and more formal themes, consider a three-piece suit. Having a vest or waistcoat allows you to look longer and leaner by covering more of the upper, thus visually lengthening your legs.
Naturally, for black tie events, the Tuxedo is your default.
FABRIC - Explore when it's called for pt.2
One can’t go wrong with a wool suit. To the common ear, it does sound like a heavy material, but on suits it is actually very lightweight, breathable, and has an excellent drape. This is perfect for any occasion – weddings included.
A linen or seersucker suit suit is a perfect for a casual and/or outdoor wedding. While these are visually softer than wool, they are also more breathable and can come in slightly looser fits.
PATTERNS - Simple or Subtle, rarely Striking.
The urge to do something special for such a memorable day may be tempting, but there’s no shame in going in a simple patternless suit. It is not boring. It is classic and makes complying with the event's official wedding palette easier. This also keeps one from taking too much attention from the bride and the groom (if you are a guest).
Maybe the wedding theme allows for more styling options and you really feel like taking it up a notch. A subtle twist would be going for light patterns such as pinstripes for added texture.
Chalk stripes, window panes, herringbone and glenchecks are a few recommended patterns that add more flair. Houndstooth, awning stripes, and the like may be excessive but again... if the wedding theme permits it, so be it!
A WORD ON FIT
Always remember: Fit is king. Your suit loses power when it is too tight or loose.
Don’t just take out a measuring tape, do it yourself, and text the details to your tailor. 2-3 months before you go down that aisle, make the time and effort to get fitted professionally for a flattering, form-fitting suit.
Thank you for reading, and, if you are the groom, congratulations on your engagement! We hope this guide has provided you with the information to get you started on your suit. If you are still looking where to get your a bespoke suit done, we hope you consider booking with us as we adhere to all of the above points and offer a number of fabric and styling options as well.