by Avid Thinker February 21, 2014
Groomswear has never been more exciting. From bold colours to stylish accessories, grooms can be just as daring and fashion-forward as their brides.
As well as matching your wedding day look to your personality and taste, you can also style according to the season. Working with some of the UK’s leading groomswear specialists, we’ve created four fabulous moodboards to inspire your unique groom styling.
In spring, fresh colours, including blue and green, look vibrant and effortlessly fashionable. Forget charcoal and dark brown suits; opt for cobalt, navy or jade. Silver accents are dashing in spring and pops of contrasting colour (such as a lilac tie or turquoise cummerbund) work wonders.
“Blue is a great colour for a spring or summer wedding,” says Jake Allen from King & Allen. “Opt for an electric blue if you are feeling very bold — it really sets you apart from your guests who are more likely to be wearing a darker colour. Keep the cloth plain and the style simple: two buttons, fitted notch lapel, then introduce brighter colours with the tie, lining or contrast buttonholes.”
This summer, pink, blush and pastel tones will be huge for grooms. Light-coloured suits look dashing, chic and keep you much cooler, and opt for beige or cream shoes to complete the look. “For the summer, it's hard to beat the style and sophistication of morning tails in a silk/wool mix cloth,” says Susan Rose, marketing director at Slaters. “Combine with a dove-grey double-breasted waistcoat — popular even in Downtown Abbey — to achieve a look that embodies charm and class.”
To keep cool, Liam Eastwood at A Suit that Fits recommends a three piece suit: “If the groom gets too hot with his jacket on, he will still have a waistcoat to keep him looking dapper.” And if you’re worried about a cream or white suit making you look washed out, suiting specialist Stephen Bishop recommends opting for a lightweight suit in pale brown or light grey as an alternative. “Accessorise with pastel summer shades via your shirt, tie or waistcoat to exude a summer look,” he adds.
If you’re having an early autumn wedding, Stephen Bishop suggests sticking to on-trend summer shades. “Bright and breezy colours such as light pinks and lilacs and Ivory are still en vogue,” he says. But if you’re marrying further into the season, nature provides the only colour palette inspiration you’ll need. Darker suits look elegant, but add accent shades of rust, gold, amber, russet and bronze. Stephen suggests “darker, more moody suiting, with browns, oranges and green shading introduced within neckwear colour, waistcoat or buttonholes.”
Quirky and/or vintage touches also look awesome in autumn: think pocket watches, striped ties, buttonholes made with old buttons and aged brogues. “We’ll be offering accessories including 1920s style pocket watches, waistcoat chains, lapel brooches and hats this year,” says Dhiraj Kapoor at K.M. Lowry.
by Jenny Evangelista August 18, 2015
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