The wedding mania that is right now may be over by the weekend, but Harry and Megan’s nuptials herald the start of the wedding season for everyone else. Question is, what to wear to a wedding as groom, best man or best mate? If morning suit isn’t the form (lucky if it is, you just need to get down to Moss Bros and hire), then what is?
The invitation should be your first pointer – dress as advised. But as a brief pre-invite sharpener, here are a few ideas and names to check out. Oh, and we’ve thrown a few grooming hacks into the mix too.
LONDON WEDDING (REGISTER OFFICE)
Mood – smart, chic.
Dress – suit.
Go for – tailored suit.
Go-to – Edward Sexton the cool, heritage brand (Mick and Bianca Jagger’s wedding suits were his, see above), where cut is inspired by the understated and elegant 1920s and 30s gent – think sleek waist and good shoulders. They’re now doing ready-to-wear tailoring which is slightly less harsh on the wallet.
Wear with – simple silk tie, black leather Oxfords or loafers.
COUNTRY WEDDING (CHURCH)
Mood – traditional.
Dress – morning suit.
Go for – classic morning suit comprising black morning coat, pale grey waistcoat (avoid jazzy unless you are Elton John or were in Pop at Eton), black and grey stripe trouser.
Go-to – unless you have a hand-me-down from Grandad, Grandpa or Great Uncle Archie, try Moss Bross for v g value. Or hire from a vintage shop. Oxford is the best city for this. But if you’re the groom and have budget, consider Anderson & Sheppard, bespoke tailors by royal appointment.
Wear with – white shirt, simple silk tie, pocket square, black shoes (Oxfords or Eton loafers).
Mood – La Dolce Vita.
Dress – linen suit.
Go-to – a linen mix fabric with silk or a little something man made (but not shiny), will make the suit better wearing – i.e. not end up a crumpled muddle as soon as you put it on. Tom Ford O’Connor Slim-Fit Linen and Silk-Blend Suit is impeccable. M&S does a great affordable option worth trying on for size. If seeking bespoke and with a Dolce Vita vibe, Scott Fraser Collection is worth considering. Brainchild of model, designer and curator, Scott Fraser Simpson (and bona fide Heath man – see our photo shoot on the home page) works with tailors in the UK and overseas to create a bespoke suit for a special occasion. His mid-century inspiration is on point for now.
Wear with – good shades (Lunetterie Generale Bon Vivant), Italian loafers and a splash of cologne.
Grooming – Spanish or Italian eau de cologne (Alvarez Gomez Agua de Colonia is ideal), sunscreen.
Mood – cool, informal.
Dress – relaxed well-cut cotton or linen jacket.
Go for – try seersucker, it’s elegant and cool, the bobbled finish means the fabric sits away from your skin, keeping you cool; and relaxed chino style trousers, slightly rolled at the bottom. If Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mocking Bird isn’t quite your style inspo, relaxed linen is good.
Wear with – plain white t-shirt, tailored shorts or turned up chino style trouser, espadrilles or moccasins. Good shades (see Villa wedding).
Grooming – beard, beach hair, sunscreen.
Emma Hill for Heath
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