FAQs and expert advice about men's formal wear

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Glos & 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


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: Meet the expert: Mark Slater is the suit buyer at Slater Menswear, a gentlemen's outfitter offering a large selection of men's wedding suits and accessories with a store on The Promenade in Cheltenham.

Mark 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:

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 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.

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


Wonderful world of weddings

Wonderful world of weddings

Q. We're considering having a small wedding, even though restrictions have lifted. Do you think this is the new normal?

A. Mark Slater says: Meet the expert: Mark Slater is the suit buyer at Slater Menswear, a gentlemen's outfitters offering a large selection of men's wedding suits and accessories with a store on The Promenade in Cheltenham.

Mark says: Slater Menswear has researched what weddings this summer and beyond may look like now and some of the key findings were that there has been a 62% increase in Google searches for small weddings since last year, a 15% increase in searches for small wedding ideas and a 6% increase in searches for intimate wedding venues. There was also a 41% increase in sales of suits after the roadmap out of lockdown was announced.

Weddings taking place this year, and during 2022, will see smaller ceremonies remaining very popular. Rather than facing the possibility of having to un-invite guests or losing deposits if any more future guidelines are put in place, more couples are investigating the possibility of hosting an intimate ceremony. Whether it's a way to save money on their budget or to simply avoid disappointment, the data suggests that more people are opting to have a smaller ceremony than in previous years.

Intimate wedding venues are here to stay. It's not just the number of guests that we've seen shrink; more couples are choosing smaller venues, too. Of the 71% of British couples that are rescheduling their nuptials currently, one in five are opting for a micro wedding with 20 guests or fewer. This is partly due to a rising trend of 'sequel weddings' which means couples can officially tie the knot with a small handful of loved ones and then host a bigger bash at a later date to invite those who couldn't originally attend. Suit sales soar! Many couples believe that this is the year for their big day, small or large, and it's a time to get suited and booted.

Suit sales at Slater Menswear are increasing every day with more grooms feeling optimistic about their upcoming nuptials.

Mark Slater, Slater Menswear


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