They say that clothes maketh the man – I’m of the opinion that accessories maketh the suit!
Though summer is traditionally wedding high-season, here in the South West we do things a little differently, and my grooms are only just trying on their suits for the first time and considering what accessories to compliment their whistles come their Autumn weddings.
When I’m measuring a groom for a wedding suit , the accessory (if one can consider shoes an accessory) that I’m most interested in is his shoes; why? Because shoes will dictate the cut of the trouser leg at the ankle more often than not, and once we have the cut of the trousers and the shoes taken care if we’re almost at the alter!
For example; the hem of one’s trousers will ideally hover .50 .75" above the heel of traditional heeled-shoes – though this will depend how narrow the ankle of the trousers is as a narrow width will not sit as low so bear this in mind if you have sock-phobia!
Above the arch of the shoe i.e. the laces, there should be no more than a single break – the dent in the crease of your trousers at shin-level.
If slip-ons, trainers or flip-flops – I’m a fan by the way – are to be worn then the trousers ought be bootcut and longer in length i.e. inline with the heel of your foot.
The shirt must complement the suit colour, for example; ivory coloured shirts will provide a softer, more traditional, or vintage, look for grey, black or blue suits, whereas white will give a sharper, more classic look. Whichever you choose, ensure the shirt colour does not clash with the wedding dress colour – if in doubt choose white, better still, take advice from your betrothed!
In most cases the colour of the tie is the same as the wedding colour-scheme i.e. the colour of the bridesmaids dresses and flowers, and, ergo, some thought should be given to the wedding suit cloth at an early stage to ensure the tie complements the suit itself.
Some thought should also be given to the colour of the shirt as it will provide the backdrop for the tie.
Whilst narrow-ties have enjoyed a renaissance of late, be sure to wear a tie that is proportionate to your frame – I’ll say no more.
Pocket Square or corsage: That is the question
Whilst I am of the school of thought that believes that a pocket square/silk-handkerchief or pochette – call it what you will – is required to complete the look of a suit, they may be superfluous to requirements on the big day if you are to wear a corsage. Let taste be your guide, but I see no harm in carrying your pocket square wit you and whipping-it out for the reception to give your suit a more evening appeal!
If wearing a 3pc suit – without doubt the most popular style of suit for weddings, in my book at least – it is an almost natural inclination to want to adorn it with a fob watch, as our forebears would have when 3pc suits were de rigueur and chunky time pieces had not even been thought of by scuba divers – nor had the aqualung for that matter!
And why not, there are some fabulous fob watches around, both antique and new. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to have been passed-down your grandfather’s fob watch, then I think there can be no better compliment to one’s wedding suit.
Whatever you choose to wear with your suit, ensure the colours of the accessories compliment the suit, and that your suit compliments your brides dress.
You may only be in attendance to make up numbers, but revel in what you wear to the party and dont’ forget the most important wedding accessory of all..a cigar!
My thanks to Craig and Jackie Pask for allowing me to use this photo of Craig looking ever so debonair at their wedding, and also to Hana Lee , Craig’s style advisor.