You’ve got to hand it to us Brits, we’re bloody optimistic creatures – we just love organising our nuptials for the summer season. I hate to break it to you but there’s only one day that has a higher chance of rain than your wedding day during British summertime, and that’s Wimbledon Men’s Finals day.
OK, I’m being a miserable cynic. Weddings are in fact wonderful occasions. Delicious food, so much alcohol consumed you’d be forgiven if you thought it was going out of fashion, and of course the wide array style. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a staunch traditionalist, and when it comes to the bridal party and groomsmen, I expect nothing less than traditional attire. Yet, it’s a chance for guests to really show a bit of flare, as well as knowledge about gentleman’s apparel.
Chaps, it’s time to embrace your inner cupid – prepare to create a sartorial match made in heaven that may just bag you a bridesmaid…
Linen is your best man…
Now, weddings are a joyous affair, so I would advise an injection of colour, and where better to start than with a vibrant, yet refined blazer. Pastel colours can work brilliantly, however if you don’t want to be that daring (and fair enough old boy, it’s a tough nut to crack) then a nice stone or tan can also look cracking. Please, for the love of god, if you go for a white jacket, do not pair it with white trousers (more info to come) …1) You’ll look like you’re trying to be Enrique Iglesias – and trust me you’ll be nobody’s hero 2) You’re just asking for a wine infused mishap that will not result in a happy ever after.
No One Ever Said, ‘Why is he wearing that white shirt?’
If your blazer does the talking, let your shirt leave a lasting memory of sartorial sharpness. A crisp cotton white shirt can speak volumes, and be as loud a style announcement as any outrageous shirt, due to its class and minimalism – just remember white wine. If you are going to back the coloured shirt, follow the above instructions and keep it minimalist.
Whether you’re as slick as Patrick Swayze on the dance floor, or more of a two-step kind of guy, you’re going to have to dance at a wedding, so make sure you get yourself a shirt that is light; otherwise you could be the guy everyone remembers for the awful moves, and the sweat patches. As I said above, cotton (or linen) both work.
A side note – if you’re going to don a tie, get the collar right.
Remember, looks only get you so far…
Ok, so we’ve established that the Blazer is your canvas; so allow your accessories to act as the brush strokes. The difference between creating a Van Gogh and a Van Guff, well it’s all in the details.
The wedding is the perfect arena to boast your tip-top personality through your accessorising skills – whether it’s a snazzy polokadot pocket square, a statement Paisley tie or perhaps even a cheeky pair of suspenders, a wedding provides the perfect opportunity to express yourself. There’s a fine line between killing it and overkill, so I’d advise a maximum of two accessories.
To Sock or Not to Sock
Right, let’s get one thing straight – chaps can look suave with a cropped trouser accompanied by a robust (and elegant) loafer. It’s no myth; it’s no um and ah moment; it’s a bloody fact, and the sooner you accept it, the better.
And I tell you what champ, this is a cracking move for a wedding. Not only will it make your outfit appear slightly less formal, it’s also a great way of showcasing your sense of style. The mankle is here to stay, so finally tie the knot, and embrace it in holy matrimony.
One thing to note; your trouser leg should stop above your shoe and there should be no break in the leg; fail to do this and you lose the elegance of the look.
PS. Please wear those ridiculous looking socks, otherwise you’ll just ruin your lovely loafers.
Oh and one last thing, no matter how well you know or don’t know the groom – he may act like he doesn’t give a shit, but he wants to look (or at least feel like he looks) the best.
Never upstage the groom.