26 Jul 2011
Here are ten top tips for the groom’s attire from Austen Pickles, Managing director of visiting tailors Norton & Townsend
You’ve set the date, booked the venue and your bride-to-be has already started looking for her dream wedding dress. For what is sure to be one of the most important days of your life, don’t leave your choice of wedding attire to the last minute.
1. Time and budget
Allow lots of it and start thinking about what you are going to wear at least three months before the day. The groom is at the centre of the wedding and in just as many photos as the bride, so don’t compromise on the budget for your attire.
2. Morning suits:
Weddings traditionally took place in the morning, hence the ‘morning suit’ and ‘wedding breakfast’ afterwards. Etiquette suggests morning coats should be black in the morning and grey in the afternoon and trousers should be striped. However, in today’s world, tradition is not always appropriate and a good tailor can make your morning suit from whatever fabric you like.
3. Black tie, dinner suits, tuxedos:
These are usually reserved for formal evening attire but are becoming more popular for weddings.
4. Lounge suit:
If you’re looking for a more contemporary look, a well fitting lounge suit can be equally as smart but less formal.
You should look for two-fold cotton with a double cuff. White or ivory are the norm, although pale pink or blue work too. It should fit properly across your shoulders and not be too baggy round your middle. You should not be able to get more than two fingers between your neck and collar.
6. Ties and cravats:
Neckwear is a great opportunity to tie your outfit in with the general colour theme of the wedding. Traditionally, morning suit wearers can wear a cravat but this should be limited to the groom and best man –other members should simply wear ties.
A well-fitted waistcoat in a plain or subtle stripe suiting fabric will always look best. If you’re looking to make a statement, use it for the lining which will also form the back of the waistcoat.
Traditionally, the safest option is a black leather toecap Oxford shoe. If you have a more relaxed feel and are wearing lounge suits then brown shoes can look good with navy.
9. Button holes:
The flower you wear should match the bride’s bouquet. If you’re wearing a properly tailored suit, the button-hole flower should be inserted through the lapel hole, allowing the stem to go through the loop sewn into the back of the lapel.
10. A good tailor:
A good tailor will help you with all these decisions. Give him a couple of months and he’ll work with you to ensure your jacket, trousers, waistcoat, tie or cravat look and fit perfectly and that they co-ordinate properly.
For further information visit www.nortonandtownsend.co.uk