Let’s Talk About The Look
Whether you’re the groom, best man or a humble guest, a wedding is an event you want to bring your fashion ‘A game’ too.
So let’s clear something up right away, a rented men’s wedding suit might be ok for the groomsmen but a big no-no if you’re the groom. Yes, we can see the appeal; more likely than not you will only be spending few hours in the outfit and a wedding suit is not exactly an all-rounder.
Weddings may only last a few hours but the photos, videos and inevitable selfies will last a lifetime.
And, grooms, let’s face it; the spotlight is going to be on you and the person you are committing to spending the rest of your life with.
Rented suits never fit properly, and 90% of a good suit is the fitting.
A well-fitted suit to a man can be likened to a woman choosing the right lingerie; either it fits or it doesn’t. There’s no middle ground.
Be professional about this and let our experienced stylist help you make the right choice.
Even if you want to buy a standard off the peg suit, do not leave it to chance, get the right help from the right people.
At Jennis & Warmann, we love to offer advice on what to wear, what colours to combine and what to stay away from.
The right Shirts, Accessories and Shoes cannot be ignored. Some colours just cannot go together.
A gentleman should always be in perfect symbiosis with his suit. Dress to suit your body type.
Double-breasted suits broaden a man out at the chest area, and horizontal stripes give the impression of width. Conversely, get your suit nipped in around the waist to give the broader man a leaner appearance.
For a more contemporary look go for a slim fit suit, if your body allows it.
You should bear in mind, however, not everyone is suited for a slim fit suit. Respect your body shape and pick the appropriate fit. If you have a rounded body, it is recommended you wear a suit that represents that figure. A slim fitted suit on a rounded body shape will look very tight and ill-fitted. This will send the message that you’re trying too hard.
On the other hand, a slim body should be complemented with a slim fitting suit. If you are slim, wear a slim fit, otherwise, your suit will look like you are wearing daddy’s old outfit. Worse, it could make you look like the first day at secondary school.
Send the message that you actually put in the effort to look well-dressed. It will be appreciated by all.
The secret to the perfect groom suit is all about context. The setting in which the wedding is taking place should influence the style you go for.
A daytime or outdoor wedding can call for more informal dress than an evening affair held in a grand hotel, for example.
If you’re going to a summer wedding, then a black evening suit is probably not the way forward.
It should go without saying that you must coordinate your attire with your betrothed, so that you’re both on the same page, so to speak. It’s no good wearing linen if your bride is wearing a formal ball gown!
Black is a solid and easy option. It can be a bit too sombre for more colourful weddings, so the key is adding colour. A more colourful suit will add a bit of life to proceedings.
If wearing a white shirt, which is recommended for a wedding, use the accessories to lighten up. A louder tie colour will stand out.
The point of colourful ties and accessories is to draw attention from your face and sometimes, your belly.
Grey is a very versatile colour a suit, but for added style, go with charcoal grey which looks more expensive than lighter shades.
If going for a pinstriped suit, stay away from getting it in black as you run the risk of coming across like an office clerk or a salesman. No offence.
Good Things Come In 3’s | 3-Piece Suit To Be Precise
When it comes to wedding, a 3-piece suit is a timeless classic.
The addition of a waistcoat to your wedding suit exudes style and gravitas.
Ideally, the waistcoat should cover your belt line, so consider wearing braces to avoid unwanted bulging down below.
If wearing a belt, select a waistcoat with the V-shape at the bottom front to allow your belt buckle to show. That said, wear a good looking belt. Don’t kid around with a funny buckle. Leave the super-hero stuff to Marvel, they’re good at that.
You don’t work there.
If you are going to wear a double-breasted jacket, please do not wear with a waistcoat. PLEASE.
Simple waistcoats are stylish as opposed to a very complicated waistcoat. What we mean is, please stay away from a waistcoat with lapels for a 3 piece wedding tweed suit. It just makes it look too much and bulky.
Of course, a lapelled waistcoat is nice but on jeans or when you’re going hunting.
The statement, LESS IS MORE, definitely is true in this case.
Accessorise With Intention
Braces have a style function as well as simply keeping your trousers up.
They can lend a more rustic feel to a wedding. Match them to the shirt or suit for a more formal look or be more daring and choose a contrasting colour to your suit whilst matching with your tie, shirt or shoes.
If choosing patterned braces, keep the shirt plain to avoid information overload.
The same applies the other way round. Don’t look like a garden.
Your aim is to look beautiful, not bountiful.
It is very tempting to wear a pocket square that matches your tie. It looks nice when the tie is floral. But the key is to wear a pocket square that elevates your suit. So a matching pocket square should be avoided. If you are wearing a floral or patterned tie, wear a plain pocket square and vice versa.
A lapel pin is also another way of adding some luxury to your look. But please, do not wear a pocket square and a lapel pin at the same time. It’s just too much. Unless you’re wearing a wedding brooch.
Keep the country gent vibe coming with old world fabrics like a herringbone tweed, houndstooth or a plaid; they lend your suit a more casual air whilst being suggestive of an aristocratic luxury – A fashion victory, especially on a budget.
Let’s Conclude With The Feet – Shoes!
Getting the colour right should be a priority. Nine times out of ten it is a choice between black or brown, but it’s the colour of your suit that should help decide this. Black suits need black shoes.
In modern fashion, black shoes are being restricted to black tie event, funerals and security jobs.
A brown shoe lights up your feet. If brown or tan is too loud for your suit colour, go for a wine colour to keep it subtle.
Add a stylish pair of cufflinks and we’re nearly there… all finished off with a boutonniere of course; a carnation or rose pushed through the lapel hole (make sure your suit has one) being the most popular.
If the budget allows, why don’t you go a bit funky?
An experienced tailor should help you make the decisions that unleash your inner style guru without spending a fortune. Because at the end of the day, style is about creativity and flair. And that’s something that should be available to all.