How wedding suits can showcase personality
Getting married is a huge milestone and a significant moment in your life. When looking back on the big day, you want to remember feeling and looking your absolute best. While there’s a lot of focus on the bride, it’s time for grooms to share the spotlight.
More men are showcasing their personality through fashion with bold patterns, androgynous clothing and vibrant colours. But translating this to a wedding suit, while following a certain dress code, can be challenging.
Carla Bicknell, marketing manager at New & Lingwood, said: “There is a big emphasis on how women look at weddings, whether that’s the bride, bridesmaids or female guests. However, more men are dressing to impress too. Grooms, groomsmen and male guests want to get creative and express their character.”
Although several men enjoy embodying James Bond with a classic dinner suit at weddings, some would sooner pick something more unique that represents their style and pushes boundaries.
So, what’s the best way for grooms to stand out on their wedding day and make the dressing experience special?
When would men treat themselves to a made-to-measure suit?
When brides shop for their wedding dress, they often make a day of it with friends and family, trying on many different styles until finding ‘the one’, while sipping on champagne.
On the other hand, grooms often see it as a chore and try to get it done quickly. However, this takes all the fun out of it and can lead to rushed decisions, leaving you with a suit you aren’t happy with.
Before going suit shopping, it helps to know if your wedding has a colour theme which you may want to mirror in your suit or accessories. If you have any accessories that you want to wear, such as cufflinks, bring them with you to try on with the suits.
Although your partner might want to keep their outfit a secret until the wedding, make sure you’re on the same page with the level of formality. Also, decide whether you want your groomsmen to match or complement your look with similar colours or style.
Also consider the season you’ll be getting married in. If your wedding is in summer, you’ll want a lighter suit that won’t make you too hot on the day just as you wouldn’t want to feel too cold in winter. The time of year might also influence the aesthetic of your suit, for example, choosing a light colour for spring.
Should you get a made-to-measure or bespoke suit?
A tailored suit is the epitome of luxury and the perfect attire for a special occasion. A suit that is specifically designed for you will flatter your proportions and ensure you feel completely comfortable.
A made-to-measure suit is made from an existing pattern that is modified to exact measurements, while a bespoke suit is made entirely from scratch with no base pattern.
When getting a made-to-measure suit, you can specify whether you want subtlety or a standout piece. The tailor will want to know whether you have a preference for the type of cloth and style of the suit, including pockets, lapels, buttons and linings.
In a recent survey conducted by New & Lingwood, almost 40% of men said if they were to treat themselves to a made-to-measure suit, it would be for their own wedding. While over a quarter said they would make the purchase for a special occasion.
Jamie Hamilton, made-to-measure specialist at New and Lingwood, said: “A tailored suit can reflect your signature fashion sense. Grooms who want an understated look could opt for a plain grey two-button suit, while men wanting to put their individual spin on it may want to experiment with bold colours.”
When choosing your wedding outfit, ensure your suit differs from your groomsmen to emphasise who is marrying who.
“You could go for something in between which adds decadence without being overly excessive such as a navy suit with embossed patterns or a black velvet suit,” Jamie added.
A made-to-measure service usually takes between eight and 10 weeks, depending on the fabric choice, so don’t leave this task to the last minute.
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