Are you one of those grooms who can’t stand the idea of an ultra formal wedding? While most men seem to prefer wearing a lounge suit, dinner suit or morning suit on their big day, some men like to use their wedding as an opportunity to try out something they don’t usually get to wear. Why not?
If the groom matches the bride and the overall theme of the wedding, he’s guaranteed to look good no matter what he’s wearing. Context is key – and if the context is unusual, an unusual wedding suit works.
Here are some ideas for unconventional wedding suits from A Suit That Fits.
The Indo-Western suit
Aristocrats in India are famous for wearing long sherwani coats, often patterned and made of sumptuous fabrics. To this day, Indian and Indian-British grooms still like to get married in sherwani coats. It’s a tradition that goes back years.
Now, most non-Indian Westerners are unlikely to want to get married in such traditional Indian dress, but if you like the look of the sherwani, the next step down is a Nehru jacket.
Featuring a mandarin collar and a buttoned-down sherwani-style front, the Nehru jacket makes for an excellent suit when paired with tailored trousers. Some people have called it the Indian equivalent of the tuxedo, it’s that elegant.
Cotton or linen
With winter coming, now is not the time to get married in a cotton or linen suit. Neither fabric will provide much warmth.
But if you’re planning your wedding for next spring, think about wearing one of these two stylish fabrics.
Whereas worsted wool has professional vibes and is certainly not a cloth you’d call “fun,” cotton and linen have a laid-back, textured appearance perfect for a spring or summer wedding.
Both fabrics can be tailored smartly, but they also look casually stylish.
This style is possibly the most fun of all the styles I’ve mentioned. But what does it mean?
Putting together a “dapper casual” groom’s suit involves mixing and matching tailored items and casual items – whether it’s tailored trousers with a daring pair of boots or a tailored shirt with braces or a neckerchief.
One way to do this is to let A Suit That Fits tailor your “dapper” garments while you shop elsewhere for your “casual” ones.
One popular way to create a “dapper casual” look is to wear canvas trainers (Converse or Vans, for instance). Another way is to use contrast: choose offbeat colours for your ties and accessories and pair them with a classic navy, black or charcoal grey suit.
Of course, using plaid can be one of the best ways to create a “dapper casual” suit. This is because there’s always been something a bit eccentric about plaid. It’s always been on the more casual side of suiting.