Men's Wedding Style | What to wear as a guest to a Winter Wedding

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Hello everyone. Today I'm going to bring some suggestions on what one could wear to a Winter Wedding here in the UK is 9 degrees centigrade, 5 degrees Fahrenheit. 

So I'd suggest a 3 piece suit and an over coat. Bear in mind that all these looks are just my opinion coming from a viewpoint of what I would wear. 

I'm not looking to subtract any eyeballs away from the groom. Yet at the same time I'd like to distinguish myself from the other guests. The fit will need to be perfect so planning is key. Don't leave it until the last week to get measured for a suit because last minute alterations might be required. 

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JUMPERS BENEATH SUITS

Having a V-Neck sweater in place of a waistcoat is a great idea. On a quick Google search I've picked out some interesting looks for you to consider. 

I really like all the looks in the slide below, only the middle one would not be appropriate for a wedding. Consider wearing a roll-neck throughout the duration of the day. You might want to take a jacket off during reception or at the dinner. Not wearing a shirt and tie at the dinner table of a wedding is unforgivable. 

The look on the left is more conservative than the dandy on the far right. But both would be more suitable for a winter wedding than the one in the middle. 

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THE ROYAL WAY 

Admittedly the wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was in May, not a Winter month. However, a traditional long morning dress, tailcoat, 3 x 6 double breasted waistcoat and trousers works perfectly for all seasons. You can go for a heavier fabric on the coat should you wish. 

Prince George you'll notice has double reverse pleated trousers probably from Gieves and Hawkes. Prince Harry and David Beckham have gone for flat front trousers. Becks has a tighter fit and a lower rise for a modern style. Doesn't Victoria look a knockout? 

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THE EMERGENCY OVERCOAT

Having a camel cashmere overcoat will be the true Excalibur of your winter wedding outfit. It's light enough that you won't sweat away and protective enough to keep you from freezing in a cold non-heated English church in early December. 

What's best is that this Cashmere Camel overcoat is not only half price but interchangeable with almost any colour suit. From burgundy, to navy, to black or blue, this coat will have you looking fine through all the seasons and ceremonies. 



Great Suits and Shirt Pairings | Men's Style Advice

It's not always the simplest of tasks to pair the right suit with the right shirt. Depending also on what side of the fashion spectrum you sit on, some shirts that could be construed bilious, have little chance of being tempered by a suit, no matter the quality. Here are some simple style pairings that might help you.

Pin or Tab Collar Shirts = Double Breasted Suits

The 20's were considered the high water mark of men’s tailoring. The pin collar shirt was introduced as a mode of rebellion. The young fashionistas of the day didn't connect with the formality of the stiffened starched collars and migrated over to the soft pin collar shirts. A problem arose however when the relaxed silky fabrics were too delicate to support a tie without looking unkempt. Hence the introduction of connecting the collar to a pin, allowing the wearer a more defined shape.

During the 30's the Double-Breasted jackets were becoming more prevalent, popularised by the Duke of Kent, hence why the four-button construction that buttons at the lower button is eponymously referred to as the "Kent". A suitable marriage for the pin collar shirt would be a double breasted jacket. With the double breasted jacket comes the broad peaked lapels which offers the verisimilitude of a large chest, a look that would certainly augment ones masculinity. A look that has survived in the UK thanks to modern renaissances of London Speakeasy's and Gangster series such as Boardwalk Empire and Peaky Blinders. 

Grandad Collars and Waistcoats

Grandad Collars are considered less formal because of their unconventional look. With a few different interpretations to the origins, from foundry workers to New York wives cutting off their husbands' collars to clean, it has a colourful narrative. Most bloggers will tell you that a simple neutrally-hued blazer will do the trick, however I gravitate towards a waistcoat only, or if the climate is conducive, simple accoutrements such as braces will suffice. 

Mix and Match

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The one unsubtractable rule to mix and matching the suit jacket and trousers is to keep the shirt simple. Anything too ambitious in the pattern or motif department and the entire look will unbalanced. A tieless button down shirt will maintain a clean look. 

Ivory Tuxedo - English Spread

Whilst black and midnight blue dinner jackets have silk facings to primarily differentiate them from ordinary lounge jackets, the Ivory Dinner Jacket does not need such a distinctive mark. Not only should the IDJ be a statement in its own right, silk facings invariably pair and precipitously clash with black silk bow ties. A classic pleated-front shirt with soft turndown collar is traditionally paired, although if you're looking for something more contemporary, David Gandy's interpretation using the blue cotton English Spread collar is a suitable act to follow. 

 

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How to wear a navy suit 5 ways

Here is my latest edition to my 'How to wear an item of men's clothing 5 ways' playlist and if you haven't already watched last weeks post on how to wear a grey suit 5 ways, go check it out. This week I'm showing you how to style a navy suit for work or for a wedding. A navy suit is the most versatile of all suit colours which is why most men have one or more hanging in their wardrobe. Bold colours work well with navy and in particular red, orange and yellow - however so do earthy tones such as brown or green. So here are my 5 looks to arm you with some basic palette choices when wearing a navy suit.

 

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So there you go, my 5 ways to style a men's navy suit - let me know which one you prefer and here is a recap:

How to wear a grey suit 5 ways

Every man's wardrobe should include a grey suit, a tonal grey suit is extremely versatile and easy to style but there are some colours that work well and some not-so-well. So if you are heading to the office or want inspiration for what to wear at a wedding then this is for you. With a grey suit, I would avoid wearing really dark, bold shirts - such as dark navy or black. Stick to white or pastel coloured shirts then add some of your personality with a tie and pocket square accessory.

 

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So there you go, my 5 ways to style a men's grey suit - let me know which one you prefer and here is a recap:

HOW TO FOLD A POCKET SQUARE 3 WAYS

I’ve always had a keen eye for detail and think it’s important to consider every aspect of an outfit, particularly when dressing for an occasion. I often pay close attention to accessories when it comes to wearing a suit so when I was asked by Matalan to collaborate with them on their Guys Guide to Prom, I was really excited to get involved.

Whether you’re attending a wedding or a school prom this summer, you can add an extra dimension to your look by playing around with accessories to create something memorable and unique. I think that a pocket square is the perfect addition to any formal attire as it exudes masculinity, confidence and class to ensure you always make a great first impression.  

I was excited to experiment with a few classic folding techniques and help out any gents in need of a final flourish for their occasion wear this summer so for the guide I chose my three favourite styles that are relatively easy to fold but offer maximum impact: The Scallop Fold, The Three Stairs Fold and finally The Four Point Fold.

 

THE SCALLOP FOLD

 

THE THREE STAIRS FOLD

 

THE FOUR POINT FOLD

Each of these folds can be mastered with a little practice and once you have perfected the skill, you will never leave your pocket empty again – the opportunities are endless!

For a full step by step walk through on how to recreate the pocket square looks in this post alongside expert hints and tips to make sure you look dapper this season, take a look at Matalan’s comprehensive guide here: http://www.matalan.co.uk/mens/collections/suits-and-workwear/suits/guys-guide-to-prom

 

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