W-day style ideas for the usually casual groom
Dinner jackets are a great equaliser – all the lads can look good whether they buy or hire. If the two of you are going to a few weddings in the next few years, it may well be worth investing in. If he kicks up a fuss at the expense, simply pose the question: “Would James Bond cut the same dash with his Martini in a tracksuit?”
PUTTING ON THE TOP HAT
You don’t have to be walking down a cathedral aisle to wear this; just remember, a top hat should be only worn outside, carried inside and should always be worn flat to the head (so he should be able to balance a pint on top!).
Smart, and easy for the suitphobic, the lounge suit is the least formal option to wear. Going for a colour theme? Blue has been big in menswear for some time, but grey is making a return; co-ordinate shirts with ties or bow ties to bring the look together.
You can dress your pageboys in all the looks mentioned. However, while a top hat on a toddler for a fun picture is cool, it may be hard for a four-year-old to wear for the whole day!
Stainless steel watch, £350, Hugo Boss White scarf, £250, Brooks Brothers Striped tie, £56.80, Forzieri Black brogues, £185, Barker Velvet loafers, £360, Brooks Brothers Bow tie, £125, Thom Sweeney Leather watch, £495, Christopher Ward White shirt, £125, Gieves & Hawkes Dinosaur cu nks, from £125, Alexis Dove Navy tie, £45, Richard James Gold and black watch, £650, Raymond Weil