Groomed to Impress - menswear guide

03 Feb 2014

Groomed to Impress - menswear guide

It may seem like it is the bride that gets all the fun in choosing what she and her bridesmaids will wear but

the grooms need to get into gear early as well

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Once you have settled on the type of wedding you are having you will have some idea of the sort of outfit you will be wearing to fit the occasion – and there are so many to choose from. Don’t forget, if the bride is keeping her dress a secret then don’t feel you have to let her in on all your choices as well, so long as you are not planning any shock tactics.


There is something particularly elegant about a morning suit and this remains the most popular option. The suit is a combination of penguin dress coat, top hat and tails worn with a white wing-collar shirt, a waistcoat, a cravat and a pair of gloves. For a less formal wedding, opt for a tailored jacket rather than tails and team it with a classic white shirt. Knot your cravat as you would a tie and forget the top hat.


This is an ideal style for a grand evening reception or summer ball but if you’re opting for black tie, you should inform your guests of this dress code. A black dinner jacket is teamed with tapered trousers, evening shirt, bow tie and possibly a cummerbund or a waistcoat.


A white tie outfit consists of a black evening tail coat with silk facings, black dress trousers with a white marcella waistcoat, a dress shirt and bow tie and is only for the most formal occasions.


Frock coats are available in range of colours and designs, usually in a brocade or plain velvet. Team it with a winged-collar shirt and a traditionally tied cravat.


All the girls love a man in uniform and many grooms in the armed forces choose to marry in their regimental uniform, or Blues uniform. But this need not be the reserve of the armed forces – a great choice if you work in the police or fire services as well.


Grooms with Scottish roots may well want to keep it traditional in Highland morning or evening dress with an enormous range of tartans to choose from. A kilt should be worn with a Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket or doublet, a sporran, laced brogues, socks, jabot (frilly tie), cuff and skean dhu (a small dagger carried in your sock).


You may want to forget styles with more flourish and go for a simple, smart, welltailored suit. It’s definitely a sharp and sophisticated choice and, while most associated with register office weddings, is fine for religious weddings as well. Choose your tie carefully to match or contrast with the colour scheme of the wedding.


If a beach wedding is on the cards then you will be best choosing a linen suit in a pale colour teamed with a light shirt, without a tie. Or you could opt for white tuxedo or white jacket with black trousers, a white shirt and black bow tie.

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