Expert advice about men's formal wear

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Suited and booted

Suited and booted

Q. What suit styles and menswear accessories are trending for spring and summer 2021 weddings?

A. Alexander Edwards says: Meet the expert: Alexander Edwards is the managing director of The Cotswold Tailor, an award-winning business taking traditional British cloths and tailoring them with a contemporary twist.

Alexander says: With the majority of weddings this year being impacted in some way by the coronavirus, we are starting to see several patterns emerging in grooms attire for 2021 celebrations. Firstly, there has been a surge in weddings booked for next March. Never before have we been so heavily booked for this month, a result of many 2020 weddings having been rescheduled. Because this can be a colder month, blue tweed suits work well, paired with lighter tweed check waistcoats for a nod to spring and Liberty-print ties that finish the look.

The second change we are seeing is a growing demand for grooms opting for a bespoke suit. As ceremony numbers have been capped for weddings taking place in 2020 and possibly into 2021, an increasing number of grooms contacting us now are looking for something special to wear that has been made just for them. I imagine that we might see groomsmen numbers reduced with greater importance on the groom's suit.

Finally, for summer 2021 celebrations, I am seeing a growing demand for grey lightweight linen-blend suits. This summery look and feel are perfect for the hotter months. We recommend a blend of linen, wool and cashmere because it breaths, is lightweight, feels great to touch and more importantly, it doesn't crease as much as other fabrics.

Alexander Edwards,The Cotswold Tailor


Suited and booted

Suited and booted

Q. How does my hubby-to-be choose his wedding suit and those for his groomsmen and pageboy? How long before the wedding should they start shopping?

A. Richard and Nigel Wratten says: The answer is to choose a well-fitting outfit that enhances the shape of each of the gentlemen (and any pageboys) that's in keeping with the style of the wedding. Both contemporary and more traditional styles come in regular, slim and tailored-fit.

Suit styles have evolved in the past couple of years and we are now seeing a demand for lounge suits as the main choice for the groomsmen, and also check and tweed fabrics. We predict the trends for 2020 will be two- and three-piece tweed suits and blue suits teamed with tweed waistcoats.

The addition of a waistcoat makes the overall look appear smarter and prevents it from looking like a work suit. England football manager Gareth Southgate has helped to make waistcoats fashionable again. The current trend for neckwear is to match the colours to the bridesmaids' dresses with popular shades being antique rose and rose gold. Cravats are styled like ties and bow ties are often requested.

It's always recommended to start suit shopping at least six months prior to the big day, especially if you're hiring them. Some styles are very popular, so a deposit is paid to secure it for the chosen date. Often, the groom may want to purchase his suit and hire those for his groomsmen, and when hiring five or more, we offer one complimentary.

Richard and Nigel Wratten

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