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FAQs and expert advice about men's formal wear

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos and Wilts 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@yourgloswilts.wedding

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Q We want celebrity-inspired, Insta-worthy wedding suits, what can you suggest?
A Slater Menswear says: The suit experts at Slater Menswear took a list of the top 100 richest male celebrities in the world and ran their names through Google to establish which suited iconic celebrities people wanted to dress like the most. Conor McGregor's suits came in at number one with 17,000 searches. In second and third place were Chris Evans and Cristiano Ronaldo, with 2,100 searches respectively.

By far the most-searched-for male style icon, you can achieve the modern look synonymous with the Irish Mixed Martial Arts fighter Conor McGregor by combining the ONESIX5IVE skinny-fit, navy pinstripe three-piece suit by Slater Menswear with their textured pink silk tie. The deep hues of navy contrasted against the pop of colour from the tie will ensure true McGregor style. Keep the waistcoat on for a more formal look, or opt for something a bit more casual with a two-piece suit.

Nothing says well dressed like a classic black suit and tie combo. A nod to the true gentleman, get this classic suited look inspired by Captain America himself, Chris Evans. Slater Menswear's sleek Fellini Traveller regular-fit, two-piece suit works best when teamed with a plain woven black tie for an effortlessly elegant look.

Style up a sleek and modern look inspired by football legend Christiano Ronaldo with a slick black tuxedo. By matching the Ventura slim-fit, two-piece dinner suit with a boxed black bow tie from Slater Menswear, you're sure to stand out in classic style. Finish the look with a pair of Charles Southwell black patent square-toe dress shoes that are bold enough to make a statement.

Slater Menswear, Slater Menswear

Accessorize all areas

Accessorize all areas

Q Please can you give us some ideas for styling the groomsmen's suits?
A Helen King says: I place a strong focus on wedding bow ties that are a trendy way to incorporate the latest looks into your day and also tie in the outfits with your chosen theme. For weddings this year, my silver silk bow tie is very popular because silver adds a dash of sparkle. Nature is another big influence for weddings in 2022 and my wildflowers-printed bow tie adds a natural, whimsical feel.

My stunning lilac silk bow tie is inspired by Pantone's 2022 colour of the year, Very Peri. It's rich and decadent and makes the perfect accent colour. The spring floral bow tie featuring dusty pink florals against vibrant blues also incorporates hints of Very Peri. Alternatively, the blue floral bow tie that I have added to the collection is inspired by the colour schemes of Bridgerton boasting regency blue tones.

The traditional black silk bow tie is ideal for an elegant formal black-tie wedding and will always be in style.

Helen King, Blue Eyes Bow Ties

Suited and booted

Suited and booted

Q We're two grooms planning our same-sex wedding – please can you give us some advice on choosing suits that complement each other?
A Mark Slater says: Suits come in all shapes, sizes, colours, patterns and shades. There's plenty to consider when picking a style - and that's before you decide what shirt or tie to wear with it! Colour theory is more than just a tool for artists. It can (and should) be used when putting together an outfit to create a winning combination. By using the colour wheel as a starting point, you can see which shades work well together and which ones should be avoided. Because you have three potential colours to play with — your shirt, tie and suit — you have the freedom to be creative. There are three main ways you can implement colour theory to help you mix and match your clothing:

Monochromatic
This relates to a single colour throughout. Rather than picking and choosing shades, this approach makes use of a range of tones to differentiate between each article of clothing. This conservative combination is the easiest way to implement colour theory and creates a foolproof, harmonious look.

Complementary
Complementary colour schemes are the most striking. They consist of those that sit opposite one another on the colour wheel, like blue and orange or red and green. These combinations provide contrast and appear more prominent. Take caution when choosing this approach because bold tones can be jarring when mixed. A good approach is to choose a single bold colour choice with more muted accent colours.

Analogous
This option uses colours that sit adjacent to each other on the colour wheel. This offers more versatility yet must be used carefully to avoid being overwhelming. Experiment with strong traditional colour, for example, if you have a navy suit as your base colour, pair it with a sky-blue shirt and a purple tie. This combo utilises analogous colour schemes in a way that creates a sophisticated, well-put-together finish.

Mark Slater, Slaters Menswear

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