Though it’s arguably the bride’s dress that attracts the most anticipation and attention on the wedding day, millennial males are certainly raising the sartorial stakes with suit options now extending far beyond the traditional top and tails.
In previous years the main decision when suit shopping – whether as a groom-to-be or as a guest for a friend or relative’s wedding – would simply be colour, but now there is the fabric, cut and accessories to consider, not to mention taking into account how the style of attire will work with the chosen venue, season and theme of the celebrations.
And it’s not just the suit’s appearance that’s important, it also needs to fit perfectly too for the utmost confidence and comfort. But with so much to consider it can be difficult to know where to start.
Keen to give you brides-to-be the knowledge to steer your other half in the right direction, we’re working in collaboration with one of the fastest growing suit retailers in the UK, Suit Direct. So, prepare to take note and get smart as they talk us through the varying choices available; from the classics to the head-turners, the staples to the statement. And they’ve also got some words of wisdom on the fit too…
Suits Direct say: As we approach the start of a new decade, there are more options than ever when it comes to suiting up for weddings.
Once upon a time there was little more to assembling your outfit than pairing a suit in black or dark blue with a plain coloured waistcoat and, if you’re lucky, a contrast pocket square. But these days there are so many more possibilities and opportunities for grooms to express themselves, although with that comes a few important decisions to make. And while nobody should feel under pressure about what to wear when celebrating the big day with close friends and family, it’s important to make sure the outfit complements the occasion.
Whether your other half is looking to make a big impression or just seeking a look that helps pass muster, help is here.
Let’s start with the classics. For countless decades, the classic wedding suit, often in a deep blue, has provided generation after generation with a timeless and versatile look.
To achieve a more autumnal feel, pair a texture tailored fit jacket with matching waistcoat and trouser and add a tie and pocket square in a dark grey or bottle green. For events in the summer, consider a mustard or gold tie and handkerchief combination.
For those looking to turn heads and make more of an impression, there are plenty of bigger styles out there, like the bold check, which appears to be growing in popularity with every passing season.
If new to check, a navy and brown bold check tailored fit is a great starting point as it allows you to add depth to a look without being too overstated. Pair with a claret or brown tie to create another attractive autumnal palette and complete with a brown brogue.
Another style that has risen to prominence in recent years, and which shows no signs of fading, is tweed. Tweed suits are becoming a true staple of the British wedding day and are available across a broad swatch of colours.
To create an ultra-modern look, pull together a green check heritage tweed suit, jacket and trouser, but ditch the shirt and instead lay over a claret roll neck.
But what if the perfect suit doesn’t come in a single collection? By mixing and matching, you can curate your own individual style, and often from items already in your wardrobe.
A broad grey check jacket on top of a blue waistcoat and trouser produces a combination that conveys a classic wedding vibe, while a navy check tweed jacket and trouser, mixed with a pocket square, bowtie and double-breasted waistcoat in wine, crafts a more modern look.
It goes without saying though that whatever style you craft, men’s suits must always fit just right.
If your jacket fits well then the hem of your sleeve shouldn’t drag too far – or drop too short – of your knuckle when your arms are by your side. You should also be able to comfortably fasten the top button of your waistcoat, while the cuff of your trouser should gently tap your ankle.
The perfect suit may be plain, check, tweed – or a mix of the above – but the fit is always important.
Visit Suit Direct for some inspiration.