Gone are the days when a rented tuxedo was the only fashion option open to the groom for his own wedding, while the bride spent hours and hours choosing a tailor and fabric for her beautiful dress. Modern grooms are approaching their sartorial decision well determined to inject a bit of their own style into their wedding suit, and there is evidence that grooms are becoming more fashion conscious: in London, for example, many Savile Row fashion houses from Turnbull and Asser to Anderson and Sheppard are now offering a wider choice of wedding attire and in the finest wedding venues (Claridge’s, Soho House, Savoy), it is more and more common to see a variety of stunning men’s wedding fashion styles. So, if I were to organise my wedding today, what fashion choices would I make? I went to talk to my friend Attilio Iaboni of Momento Moda, London fashion consultants, and asked him to guide me through the choice. After listening to him and looking at the wonderful suits he provides, these are the main options I would consider for my own wedding.
Classic morning coat.
You can never rule this out of course; this is always a great choice if you want that “Old establishment” look (with a kilt, if you are Scottish). Maybe, if you wish to break the rules a little, you can play with the waistcoat colour and introduce a bit of fantasy there.
The modern-day tuxedo.
A superb alternative to the morning suit and definitely the one I would choose. I would go for a slim fit, one-button jacket with satin-trimmed lapels. I would also pick a plain shirt, because it’s less pompous and more modern, with fly front or satin-covered buttons and double cuffs. For the same reason I would go for a bow-tie instead of a cravat; strictly hand-done. For my accessories, I would just choose rose-gold cufflinks and -of course- black shoes. As for my guests, if any of them came seeking my advice, I would point them in the following directions.
The blue suit.
A two or three-piece suit in a shade of navy blue: strong, sophisticated and stately. If my guests wanted to avoid dark blue, I would recommend to pick a lighter shade or add a gold tie and pochette, or a chequered shirt.
The country squire look (for the edgier and fashion-savvy)
I would love to see some of my male guests dressed in this particular style ( and maybe I would consider it myself for a pre-wedding reception). I would recommend this for weddings in autumn or winter, because of the heavier materials like herringbone, flannel and tweed. This allows men more freedom to dress up (adding de-luxe accessories like tie pins, watches or gloves) and oozes prestige if you are looking for that kind of vibe. I would play with different colours, patterns and styles.