29/11/2021
The History of Suits: The Attire of Fine Gentlemen the World Over

Choosing the right suit for the groom

Choosing the right suit for the groom can be stressful, as without looking sharp you might not have the confidence that you deserve on your special day! Here are some of our tips to ensure you look your best. Make sure you consider the following when picking your bib and tucker!

Fabric weight – The lighter weight fabrics are more suited for spring and summer weddings while fall and winter require heavier weights. In general, natural fabrics such as wool look better than polyester blends. And yet again, if the couple has chosen a casual informal style wedding, linen or cotton may be preferable over wool or cashmere.

Accessories – Generally speaking, a more formal wedding ceremony will require more formal accessories. For instance, the groomsmen’s neckties should match the bridesmaids’ dresses in colour and fabric. If you’ll be wearing a boutonniere, make sure to ask about whether it’s necessary to wear one at all.

 

Formality – Make sure your spouse-to-be understands what type of wedding they are having before choosing an outfit. If there are no strict rules on what classifies as formal or informal, err on the side of caution when choosing attire for yourself or your groomsmen. You don’t want anyone to feel underdressed at his own wedding!

Colour – Although this may seem obvious, if your future spouse is anything like me then he probably has something specific in mind when it comes to the colour of his wedding ensemble. Brides love white, but this is not always practical. If you’re wearing a light coloured suit, then make sure there are no issues with staining (such as with red wine or blueberries) or it will be ruined!

Style – Depending on the formality of the wedding, there are certain styles that are more appropriate than others. Generally, relaxed fashions will be fine at a casual ceremony while anything too casual (i.e., polo shirts) might be frowned upon at a formal wedding. Stay away from jeans unless your spouse gives you permission to wear them!

Patterns and prints – You should never wear anything with large patterns or strong prints to any wedding, regardless of whether it’s formal or informal. If you do choose an outfit with something like stripes, make sure they are subtle and not bright! For example, pinstripe suits may look nice but make sure you don’t have any bright colours in your tie or shirt to bring out the stripes.

Shoes – It is important that the shoes match the rest of your outfit, including any belts you intend to wear with them. Leather looks better for suits since they are more formal and can be dressed up a bit more. You don’t want to wear sneakers or anything too casual with a suit!

The waistcoat – If you plan to wear a waistcoat (vest) under your jacket, make sure it matches your tie, shirt, and trousers’ colour. This will ensure the whole thing flows together nicely!



Suit colours – Although black and charcoal should always be worn as part of a tuxedo ensemble, if you’re wearing a black suit by itself then consider which accessories you will pair with it before making a final decision. For instance, lighter coloured ties work well with black suits, but maybe you should choose brown shoes instead of black ones so as not to look too formal.

Suit style – Not all suit styles are appropriate for weddings, especially since most ceremonies are fairly formal affairs. Make sure you avoid the following: 3-button single-breasted jackets, notch lapels, and flat fronts. Formal wedding ceremonies usually require peaked lapels, two- or three-piece suits, and possibly even double vents in your jacket!

Regardless of what type of suit you choose to wear on your big day, make sure it fits properly! Taking a trip to the tailor may be expensive but it’s better than wearing something ill-fitting!

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