Expert advice about men's formal wear

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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

Eastwood Park Training & Conference Centre
Abbey Meadow Flowers
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