Having recently written a blog post for Menswear Style on how to choose an outfit if you’re a guest at a wedding, I thought I’d follow it up here and show you a couple of examples of outfits I’ve put together for my clients on personal shopping trips for men recently.
I’ll talk you through how we made up the outfits and what I think makes them suitable for a wedding.
This outfit was bought for a client a couple of weeks ago. Originally he wanted to go for a green suit but then we found this tan one which looked great with his red hair, so we decided on that instead.
Pale blue and tan are a classic combo, and despite the guy in the shop insisting we should put a white shirt with it, we liked the blue! The tie brought the colours together and the bold pattern is not something you’d wear to work, so makes it more wedding appropriate. We went simple for the pocket square so it didn’t fight with the tie, and got this white linen one with blue edging, to bring in the colour of the shirt.
The chestnut coloured shoes provided enough of a contrast to the suit (tan wouldn’t have) and suede always looks nice and summery.
Mid brown herringbone 'Havana' suit - Suit Supply - £599
Light blue twill extra slim fit shirt - Suit Supply - £99
Italian paisley print tie in cornflower blue and Toffee - Charles Tyrwhitt - £49.95
White linen pocket square with blue contrasting piping - Boggi Milano - £29
'Longwood' suede derby shoes - Jones Bookmaker - £99
This suit wasn’t actually bought for a wedding but it could easily be worn for one. In fact when I got this with my client, we weren’t looking for a suit at all, but for a pair of trousers to go with a check jacket he had. These went perfectly, but then when he tried the full suit on, it looked so good, it seemed silly not to get the matching jacket too!
It’s a very subtle green, and in some lights it actually looks more charcoal. I love the combination of pale pink with dark green, so this shirt was a winner. We didn’t get a tie, but if we had, I’d have suggested getting one in a shade or too darker than the shirt, and with a lighthearted floral pattern, as that helps to give it a 'wedding' rather than work feel.
Loafers are a great choice and a bit less formal than lace ups. And don’t forget your socks will be on show more when wearing loafers - these shadow stripe ones are some of my favourites as they’re elegant but slightly different.
And by the way, the suit comes in 2 fits - one’s slim and the other has a straight cut trouser so it’s a bit more forgiving if you have slightly bigger legs.
'Jerretts' olive suit - Tiger of Sweden - £618
Tailored fit pink cotton 'artist stripe' cuff shirt - Paul Smith - £170
Silk jacquard tie - Favourbrook at Mr Porter - £110
Oxford shadow stripe socks - Falke - £19
'Elton' tasselled leather loafers - Trickers at Mr Porter - £495
I got a similar outfit to this with a client a couple of years ago. A blue grey like this is very “wedding” but more sophisticated than bright blue or pale grey which can sometimes go a bit 80s!
A plain white shirt is all that’s needed with this but I decided to include one with a collar bar, to up the ante a bit and make it look a little smarter and special.
The gold tones of the bar and the cufflinks go well with the warm pattern in the tie. I’ve gone with black Oxfords rather than brown, to match the buttons on the suit. It’s small details like this that make a great outfit!
Soft blue tailored fit sharkskin suit - Paul Smith - £1,000
White slim fit pinned collar double cuff shirt - Tom Ford at Mr Porter - £435
Printed silk tie in light brown - Pal Zileri - £175
'Gancio' gold tone cufflinks - Ferragamo at Mr Porter - £235
''Giove' Oxfords - Scarosso - £275
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