Who knew that when it come to groom’s wear there would be such a choice out there, so if you find yourself in my situation and don’t know what to wear here are some classic examples of wedding wear for men.
A Lounge Suit
A lounge suit is your basic suit, if worn with a waistcoat it can look pretty smart, now the waistcoat doesn’t necessarily have to be matching and that adds something different and can actually lend a dash of colour to your special day.
A Morning Suit
Your basic morning suit is a morning tailcoat with a waistcoat and a pair of striped trousers, a classic look popular in Edwardian times and still in fashion to this day, worn with a cravat or tie is the height of wedding chic, but I will warn you, if you are going to wear a top hat to complete the look be sure that you aren’t a little on the larger side, because speaking from recent experience if you are and go for this look you do run the risk of looking like the fat controller from Thomas The Tank Engine.
A Prince Edward Suit
A cross between the lounge suit and a frock coat, the Prince Edward suit is a draped jacket that ends mid way between the waist and the knee (mid thigh) and works as both a suit or as a jacket over matching waistcoats and trousers.
A Frock Coat
A long formal coat with satin lapels, to be worn with matching trousers over a waistcoat and cravat, again from recent experience, a navy blue frock coat looks bad ass over a burgandy waistcoat and a gold cravat, coupled with tan shoes and gold topped cane. Best worn during the winter months because they are very often made of thick wool.
Bow tie with a satin lapel jacket, the height of chic that the modern world offers, however I always feel that it isn’t really appropriate for a wedding, as weddings usually take place in the day and black tie is very much evening wear, and it does still bring up the waistcoat/ cummerbund debate. Other variants also include the velvet jacket and or a white diner jacket.
White tie is a classic, an evening tailcoat, a white waistcoat and matching bow tie, what could possibly look more elegant.
Accessories that will also need some consideration for all of the above will be:
- Bow Ties
- Pocket Square
- Pocket Watch
- Top Hat
- Tie Clips
- Stick Pins
- Cravat Pins
- Button Holes