The Royal Wedding Menswear Review | Who Wore it Best

Photo Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Photo Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

It was a dead heat between Idris Elba, David Beckham and the guy behind George Clooney for best dressed guest at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle over the weekend. But rightly the groom Prince Harry was not to be eclipsed in his worn the frock coat uniform of the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals. 

Indeed, I was out of the morning of the wedding and overheard a woman at the till giddily spurt 'I must dash, I want to see the dress'. Of course referring to the much anticipated Givenchy dress worn by the bride.

Menswear might be on the rise according to every male fashion bugle, but I'm not sure that you'll hear any male say to a sales assistant, 'bag that up quicker for me love, I gotta see what Becks is going to wear on the red carpet'. 

Photo Credit: GETTY/GARETH FULLER

Photo Credit: GETTY/GARETH FULLER

It was made by Savile Row tailor, Dege & Skinner who have a 150 year history in crafting military attire. Their cutters visit the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst on a weekly basis to measure and fit uniforms for the British Army Officers of the future. 

Dege & Skinner also tailored the uniform for TRH Prince William when he was commissioned into the Blues & Royals. However, whilst this widely known, they still adhere to a modest unwritten rule of client confidentially. There is zero mention of this on any of their social channels, only their INSTA seems relatively active. 

Photo Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Photo Credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

Away from the groom I had a lot of time for Idris Elba's Birdseye weave navy 3-piece. The trousers are flat fronted with a high rise; the shoulders are roped a distinct hallmark of a Savile Row suit. Crisp peak lapels stretch over a slanted breast pocket, although the two flap pockets are straight. 

We know that Idris is well known for his style, he even launched his own Superdry capsule collection, but little is known about his tailor. 

George Clooney on the other hand is well known for his connection to Armani. His style is actually quite divisive amongst tailors, especially by Soho tailor Chris Kerr who cites on his blog 'Clooney isn’t well dressed: he invariably wears utterly boring dark ready-to-wear clothes, his suits are usually made from overly-shiny fabrics with little visual interest'. 

Photo Credit: GETTY/CHRIS JACKSON

Photo Credit: GETTY/CHRIS JACKSON

Clooney had to play second fiddle to his wife Amal who looked utterly redolent in a bright yellow dress cut by Stella McCartney. Clooney wore a light grey glen plaid suit, mildly reminiscent of the infamous Kilgour glen plaid suit worn by Cary Grant in North by North West.

Clooney also opted for slightly less ostentatious peak lapels though with hand stitched edges. His sleeve hems are sloped with 3 buttons on the cuff. He has neatly paired his orange chevron tie with his pocket square neatly poised in a 3 stairs fold. Furthermore, look in the background on the above image and excuse me for not knowing who it is behind Clooney but the morning suit combined with a camel coloured double-breasted waistcoat is great mix-and-match style. Personally I would have opted for a crisp white shirt and navy tie as I feel there are just too many colours at play with the purple tie. But think about this: If David Beckham wore that suit combination we would all be talking about that right now as the best styled outfit.

Photo Credit: STEVE PARSONS

Photo Credit: STEVE PARSONS

Of course, any menswear blog is redundant without the mention of David Beckham. Haven't seen much press about Victoria's dress but I guess I'm not plunging far enough into the Daily Mail comments. 

Becks stepped out in Dior Homme designed by Kim Jones. According to the press release David David Beckham wore "a Dior Homme charcoal grey super 130's wool twill morning coat and pants, a light grey super 150's wool twill double-breasted waistcoat, a white 200/2 Egyptian cotton poplin shirt, a grey silk satin tie, a grey silk satin pocket square and derbies in black calfskin leather."

The morning coat is quite something, however the trousers are too trendy with an exaggerated low rise, and extremely fitted around the thigh. He looks happy, that's the main thing. In his defense Becks does have this perfect male model block of 50/50 proportioned body and legs. So a low rise will give him that symmetry and the fit will draw the eyes to the crotch. Which is what we all want to naturally, if not subconsciously. 

SUMMER STYLING WITH TOPMAN

It's taken its time but summer has officially arrived, which means festivals, holidays and beer gardens replace Netflix, cozy nights in and takeaways. Although the last month has been full of Autumn/Winter 2016 collection previews, I've only just started buying my Spring/Summer wardrobe! My first point of call for summer wear was Topman, I put together the above look for my recent trip to Barcelona and decided it was actually also perfect to wear for a local midday Sunday beer in Brixton.

I love outfits that are versatile and work for a multitude of different circumstances, from Topman Oxford Street to Barcelona to Brixton! Two key aspects to this outfit are the shorts and bomber jacket. Chino shorts are comfortable and breathable and therefore perfect to be worn for long sunny walks or chilling out on Clapham Common, Victoria Park or whatever your local green space is. I've chosen a pair of black shorts, although Topman also do these shorts in a variety of other colours. Dark shorts work well if styling with lighter shades on the top half of your body and are a hardier colour for wearing from day-to-night. 

Khaki bomber jackets were an AW15 hit, now in the SS16 season, grey bomber jackets have taken over and looking at the AW16 previews - grey features again (as well as earth rust tones). So if you invest now, you'll have a whole year of wear out of it and some!

 

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Photography by Ella H