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Q I would like to get my­self a suit. How can I add el­e­ments of my bride’s dress in my suit to match on the day when we en­ter as a cou­ple?

A It has al­ways been quite tricky for gen­tle­men to have a wed­ding suit that looks dif­fer­ent than a work suit. Equally chal­leng­ing has been the fact of mak­ing the groom’s suit blend in with the bride’s wed­ding dress on the day. For­tu­nately there are ways to have them com­ple­ment­ing each other rather than it be­ing com­pletely di­ver­gent.

In­creas­ingly grooms are opt­ing to wear three-piece suits for their wed­ding. This is keep­ing in line the clas­si­cal tra­di­tion alive and the for­mal­ity of the oc­ca­sion.

It also en­sures the groom looks slightly dif­fer­ent from the sea of other men at­tend­ing as guests who could be wear­ing their usual two-piece suits. It is also quite com­mon for the groom to go for a dif­fer­ent colour for the waist­coat that con­trasts with the colour of his wed­ding suit jacket and trousers.

The waist coat colour in this case could be one that co­or­di­nates with the colour of the bride’s dress. This show­cases the one­ness of the cou­ple with el­e­ments of her out­fit in­cor­po­rated into his.

With even more sub­tlety and panache if enough ex­tra fab­ric is left over from the bride’s dress and if it is of a per­mis­si­ble ma­te­rial, it can be used as the lin­ing ma­te­rial for the groom’s suit. Even though it would be quite dis­creet, glimpses of it be­ing in­side could be seen when the gen­tle­man walks in his suit once the but­ton of the jacket is re­laxed.

The suit jacket of the groom could have el­e­ments of colour that could be co­or­di­nated well with the bride’s dress. The first but­ton­hole of the sleeve from the bot­tom in the jacket could be matched to the colour of the bride’s dress. This could be ac­com­pa­nied with it be­ing matched to the colour of the lapel hole in the coat where the flower or bou­ton­nière would be placed.

Ac­ces­sories in a gen­tle­man’s suit can play a huge part in com­ple­ment­ing the en­tire out­fit with the brides dress. In a for­mal suit, the tie can lend that sup­port with it match­ing the colour of the bride’s dress.

Al­ter­na­tively, el­e­ments of the colour in the bride’s dress can be had as the colour of a mo­tif or pat­terns on the tie. If the groom de­cides to wear a tie to match the theme colour of the wed­ding, then the pocket square can be used ef­fec­tively to com­ple­ment the bride’s wed­ding dress. There are times when braces or sus­penders add an ex­tra layer of for­mal­ity to the suit apart from be­ing a more clas­si­cal way of hold­ing the trousers in place than a belt. The colour of the braces if worn should be matched with the bride’s dress colour to main­tain that uni­for­mity in look when walk­ing in to­gether as a cou­ple.

In a wed­ding, the aes­thetic of thought­fully pair­ing de­tails of the groom’s at­tire with the bride’s dress re­mains com­pletely un­matched solely be­cause they are the fo­cal point of at­ten­tion on the day.

PAWAN AND ASHISH ISH­WAR are tai­lors at Knights & Lords, a be­spoke tai­lor­ing house in Dubai.

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