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Everybody knows ivory is a good colour for a wedding suit. This is especially true if the suit has a bespoke look. But ivory suits aren't just for weddings. Billy Zane proved this in Los Angeles recently when he took a stroll in an ivory suit, looking more like an old school cricket player than a Hollywood movie star.
With his flat cap, facial hair and decidedly and , Zane proved that is as good a colour as any for the more wearer.
Though we tend to focus on neater cuts in this blog (we're a bespoke tailoring company, after all), it's sometimes good to remember that not every suit has to be sharp-enough-to-cut. If you want a suit you can be comfortable in at the weekend say, to wear while picnicking in the park and if you still don't want to dress down, a relaxed fit suit in a colour like ivory is a good investment. You'll look great but you'll have room to breathe. Also, take a leaf out of Billy Zane's book and match your tie, shoes and pocket square. Coffee brown goes beautifully with ivory. If you're going for a more relaxed look, add sophistication with your accessories.
Gone are the days when Brides only wear white and so to it seems are the restrictions of the kind of suits that bridegrooms can don for their big day. With the advent of many alternative wedding styles it is quite exciting to be in the studio at the moment and see what interesting ideas walk through my door.
Vintage wedding dresses have for a while been in vogue and now it seems the grooms have got the bug. A recent bridegroom who came to see me in requested a with a bright orange lining.
His father also wanted something jazzy to wear and opted for a brown tweed two piece, also with orange lining. Another vintage trend that is really having a renaissance for bridegrooms suits at the moment is the morning coat. When worn with a waistcoat and top hat it adds that extra pizzazz that makes the big day all the more special.
But what if you decided to elope for your big day? With so many people going abroad to tie the knot by the sea how can the bespoke tailor revamp the archetypal wedding suit? The answer is the white linen two piece. Although not technically a new concept the light colour and light weight gives a freshness to a tailored suit that is perfect for a beach wedding.
Another great trend at the moment is the rockabilly suit. An idea that David and I recently had the good fortune of putting into practice. Ryan came to us wanting a suit for his wedding that matched his personality and style and we did not disappoint. He went for a very slim fitting two piece suit made from HB-6 , a lovely heavy weight herringbone perfect for a spring wedding. He adding red paisley lining and went for a peaked lapel, two button jacket. Ryan added some amazing two tone shoes and a great retro shirt. Perfectly dapper for his big day!
These retro choices show that grooms today really are following their ladies lead and getting into the spirit of dressing up. A great thing I think and something I hope is an on going trend. With the world of bespoke suiting being so varied it's definitely something we can help them with.
It's tough if you're a groom gearing up for the big day (and we're not just talking about Prince William ). If your spouse-to-be has turned into bridezilla obsessing over her dress, then it's only a matter of time before she turns to what you're wearing, making sure everything down to the last cufflink matches the wedding 'theme'.
And even if you've got your outfit is under control (good for you!) then choosing what to wear can still be tricky, especially if you want to stand out in a sea of .
Most chaps go for the fail safe black tie/tuxedo option, but what if you want to experiment? With weddings becoming more unusual and outlandish by the day (the last wedding I went to was Cowboy themed!) there's no reason why you should settle for a boring suit . Here's some inspiration if you don't fancy black tie:
1) Don't go back to black: Yes, black is traditional, but it's as typical as the mad singleton scrambling for the bride's bouquet. You can still look smart in another dark shade - why not go for midnight blue or the darkest grey ? In matte fabrics and a slim fit these can look incredibly slick.
2) Choose a whiter shade of pale: Getting married this summer, on a beach or somewhere exotic? Then you have the right to opt for the pale suit without looking like you stepped off a yacht. Go for light cotton or linen in cream, beige or off white with a white shirt - this smart but relaxed look is perfect for a beach wedding . If you're on dry land, go the whole hog with a full white number - but avoid a black shirt - unless your wedding is Seventies themed.
3) Be colour coordinated... I quite like seeing Grooms match their shirt to theirsuit - and if you can't resist a black suit , an all black look can look sharp for acity wedding (just avoid a shiny material). Don't forget to match your tie too!
4) ...Or not: Who says you have to match your suit with your jacket? A pale grey or beige suit jacket and black trousers, or vice versa, adds a more causal spin to your wedding ensemble - perfect if you're having a low key day. 5) Traditional fabrics : I love this look for a country wedding - suits in heritagefabrics like tweed, herringbone or tartan checks . 6) Velvet - One for winter weddings, a velvet suit will keep you toasty if you'reoutside, and adds a rather dapper 1920s feel to proceedings. 7) Go double breasted : There's something alluring about the double-breasted jacket - it makes a black suit look more special and is flattering if you havebroad shoulders. Pair with a black bow tie for a vintage look. 8) Attention to detail: The easiest way to make your wedding suit stand out?Customize it with your own accents. Maybe go for piping on a navy suit, aflash of colour in a bright silk lining, or a contrasting material on your pocketsor lapels. Have a play with the Style Wizard and see what you come up with!
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