Expert advice about men's formal wear

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding

 

Dressed to impress

Dressed to impress

Q. I want to look similar to my groomsmen at our wedding but still stand out. How can I achieve this?

A. Sharon Cousans says: A smart and coordinated look is something ever couple wants for their wedding party, but the groom must stand out against his groomsmen just as the bride will stand out against her bridesmaids.

One way to achieve this, especially if you all want to wear the same suits, is for you to choose a very distinctive waistcoat. To help keep the groomsmen a little more in the background, choose waistcoats that either match their suits or ones that are plainer or darker.

A similar effect can be achieved with neckwear by wearing a cravat whilst they have a tie in the same colour - or wear a patterned tie whilst theirs are plain.

Try giving them a pocket square that matches your patterned tie to look coordinated but still maintain your style.

If you're feeling confident, choose a check or patterned suit for yourself and then a plain but similar colour for your party. This works even if you all wear the same tie and waistcoat.

Sharon Cousans,Chimney Formal Menswear
www.chimneymenswear.co.uk

 

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
www.chimneymenswear.co.uk