My absolute favorite part of a wedding day is the fashion, you know this! But, who says the ladies should have all the fun!? Between bow ties and ascots to single-breasted and double-breasted coats, things get a little complicated when it comes to wedding day fashion for the men. Fortunately, Michael of Michael Andrews Bespoke is here with a guide to men’s attire for each type of wedding. He opened a men’s boutique in DC and we couldn’t be more excited! This is your basic, men’s wedding primer and believe me, we are taking notes. Take it away, Michael…
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Black Tie Occasions
A “formal” wedding can be loosely defined as an affair that is held I the evening, indoors, at a grand venue such as a ballroom or a private estate. If the wedding is formal in nature, a classic tuxedo is the garment of choice. A classic tuxedo jacket should have either a peak lapel or a shawl collar, and either a one-button front closure or a double-breasted closure. While tuxedos designed like business suits with notch lapels and two button closures are quite common today, they lack refinement traditionally demanded of formal occasions. The front pockets on the jacket should not have flaps, and the pocket opening should be piped in the same trim as the lapels. While tuxedo jackets are historically unvented, this is the one area Michael Andrews Bespoke advocates deviating from tradition. Side vents are more flattering on nearly every body type, as they lengthen the leg line and enhance the overall silhouette of the jacket.
Whether you’re the groom, groomsman, or simply party crashing, not all weddings call for tuxedos. In many settings, such as a daytime wedding in a vineyard, a tuxedo may be too formal and will look out place. If you want to retain a degree of formality to a daytime affair, opt for a classic dark blue or dark grey suit. As an added benefit, semi-formal dress often gives ample opportunity to wear the suit again.
If the wedding is outdoors or during the daytime in warmer months, a lighter colored suit is also a valid selection. Solid fabrics are best; stripes tend to be suited strictly for the office, and checks are considered less formal. If you opt for a black suit, it is advised that you don’t pretend it’s a tuxedo (i.e. do not wear a bow tie and studs.
The invitation may read “casual,” but a wedding along the Eastern Shore is still a wedding. If you’re the groom, you want to make sure everyone attending knows that you’re the man of the hour. Linen, cotton, and summer-weight wool suits are ideal for a beach wedding. Linen suits can be worn with sandals and cotton suits look best with loafers (socks are optional). Any of these suiting options can be paired with a fine poplin or linen shirt, and in these settings, crisp white or a soft pastel color is an
Finally! Wedding fashion advice for men! Thank you so much, Michael! If you’re looking for more men’s fashion advice or a custom tailor for your wedding (or everyday!) in Washington, DC, be sure to check out Michael Andrews Bespoke.