Despite the odd hailstone in August, I think we had a pretty good summer this year. I’ve seen some wonderfully sunny weddings and I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to show with you through September and October! For today though, I have been thinking about grooms and suits: because isn’t it a bit hot wearing a shirt, waistcoat, jacket and tie for a summer wedding? There’s a lot to say for creative groomswear: personally I love a groom in jeans, shirt and no jacket… but that’s not for everyone. Most couples love the idea of dressing up in full wedding gear, waistcoats, pocket watches and all… so I asked Hayley from A Suit That Fits for some practical summer groomswear advice.
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For a groom, the thought of wearing a suit, whether it is a 2- or a 3-piece suit, can be somewhat daunting on a hot day. But grooms shouldn’t worry: there are so many styles and fabrics that can make you feel cool, calm and collected on your big day.
Your venue may play a big part of the design for your wedding suit so here are my top tips.
Traditional church wedding attire is usually your morning suit and tail coat. By all means keep in with tradition, but bear in mind that there are many lightweight fabrics that would be perfect for your summer wedding suit.
Recently there has been a slight twist with the traditional dress. Instead of greys, blacks and pin striped trousers there has been a surge in mixing contrasting colours, blue tones and checked trousers which is great for a modernizing a tradition or setting a style to your wedding. Accessorize with a tie or a jazzy cravat made from your suit lining.
Linen suits are a popular choice for beautiful picturesque beach weddings. Picture your suit in biscuit coloured linen, with a white lightweight shirt, perfect for walking along a sandy beach hand in hand with your new bride. This is a romantic and relaxed style, but what if you don’t want to wear linen?
There are many cloth options available. The average weight for linen is 240g – 280g yet there are many lightweight wool/silk cloths that weigh the same. The nature and aesthetics are no different to your ‘standard’ suit, it’s just lighter! This is a great option: you are investing in a bespoke suit and would want to wear the suit again, even if it’s just for special occasions.
Vintage has become hugely popular as a wedding theme; there is something so amorous and rustic about vintage. More attention to detail and hand made elements are being used for venue decor: hessian and lace are key elements in vintage styling. Choosing a suit for a vintage wedding can be so much fun: a great look for summer vintage is the use of creams, browns, herringbones, tweeds and checks. With a varied selection of fabrics and linings you can really make your suit stand out!
Trousers and waistcoat is a strong choice for a vintage groom, harmonized with a sharp pair of brogues and a bow tie. The groomsmen would compliment beautifully in contrasting waistcoats or simply trousers, shirt and braces. Roll up those shirt sleeves for a laid back feel.
Vegas inspired wedding
So, what do you wear for a city chic, 1950s vintage or casino style wedding? Depending on the look you’re going for you could wear a tux, but do not feel that you need to limited to the traditional black. Recently inspired by Mr. Bond, the navy tux with black silk lapels and detailing has been a suave and sophisticated look.
If that’s not for you and you want to go down the fun loving 50s casino vibe then go red! A well-tailored red suit with peaked lapels (perhaps contrasting black silk as well?) would look insanely sharp, again teamed with black braces and converse shoes!
Hopefully this helps inspire you with your wedding suit. Enjoy and be creative!