Expert advice about men's formal wear

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Trend setters

Trend setters

Q. I'm looking for the perfect suit for my wedding day, what is currently on-trend?

A. Sharon Cousans says: Grooms are becoming a little more adventurous and demanding a stand-out suit for their special day. Here at national awardwinning Chimney Formal Menswear, we find our grooms are also looking for a distinctive waistcoat to keep them as the focus, even when they have removed their jacket.

Checks are a popular trend for the discerning grooms for both the suit and the waistcoat. It can be worn successfully together, so long as one of the checks is more subtle than the other. Blue is still the most requested hue as it can work with almost any colour scheme, looking perfect with burgundy, tones of pink, blue and botanical shades.

Floral ties remain as popular as ever and, by choosing a design which contains one of the colours of the suit in the pattern, it will provide the perfect accessory to a check suit.

Tweed is still a style and texture on a groom's radar, but what seems more important is finding a style which allow him to be as much the focus of attention as the bride.

Sharon Cousans,Chimney Formal Menswear


Festive fashion

Festive fashion

Q. My hubby-to-be is looking for his winter wedding outfit what should we bear in mind?

A. Danielle Harvey says: Fabric is key at this time of year to keep the chill off – especially for those outside snaps. Tweed is ideal for a rustic setting and countryside themes, it's super-warm, breathable yet water resistant. A herringbone suit made from a twilled yarn such as wool, would be perfect for more contemporary settings as it's cosy for winter nuptials and is available in a wide range of styles and colours. At this time of year, your best option is to layer up, especially for the younger pageboys. Waistcoats are a must-have, and will keep a little warmth when suit jackets are removed after the wedding breakfast or during the evening reception.

When it comes to colours and accessories, keep it classic with dark hues, and consider the weather for footwear. Those suede shoes may look cool, but they'll get ruined in the rain.

Danielle Harvey

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