Yesterday we shared one of our first blog posts ever written by a soon-to-be groom. A groom’s style is fast becoming the hot topic amongst the main guy and his groomsmen (second of course after the stag do). The high street alone has so many more unique options than the traditional cravat and morning suit these days, not to mention a plethora of bespoke tailoring solutions that can cater to his every sartorial whim.
We took a trip down to the London Collections, had a quick peak at the shows emerging from Paris and Milan and caught up with Will Tattersall from Regent Tailoring to get the latest on formal menswear trends.
Bright canary yellow is set to be the must-have colour for weddings in 2015, not only did we spot yellow on the women’s couture and ready-to-wear catwalks, but now also stemming in to menswear. Top designers such as Jimmy Choo and Paul Smith allowed the summery hue to inform their footwear collections, seen in traditional lace-up styles, whilst the likes of Richard Nicoll used it on relaxed tailoring.
Regent Tailoring’s Will comments on how you might combine yellow accents in to your look, using it as a subtle stripe in ties and accessories…
“With suits we do recommend to keep the choice of cloth simple, it means you have a more versatile suit that you can get more use from in the future. If you are going with stripes on your tie, then for an elegant look, a plain shirt will always be best”.
A seventies revival seemingly kicked off with the return of the bootcut trouser and has now made its way in to tailoring. Think suits with subtle flares, enlarged lapels and wider ties, coming of course in an array of nostalgic colour combinations. Ede & Ravenscroft showcased a dapper version in London while even the likes of Louis Vuitton have toyed with a patterned shirt to accompany a retro suit.
If trying a seventies-style wide tie, Will recommends “considering the width of your suit jacket lapels and the cut of the suit when thinking about the width. If you have a jacket with slim lapels and a slim cut then a narrower tie will be better. We’re a fan of the classic tie with a width at the end of 8cm.”
Check out Regent Tailoring’s chic selection of handmade ties made to this width here.
Brown suits look set to make a comeback too, with retro cuts and tones spotted on the catwalks and red carpet alike. “We are making more suits and waistcoats in brown tweeds” comments Will. “A contrasting waistcoat is a great way to introduce a different tone or colour into an outfit and with tweeds you can find so many complementary colours woven into the cloth.”
Clockwise from top left: Love My Dress wedding shot by Mark Tattersall Photography + Regent Tailoring
This effortless look works well with relaxed slim-line tailoring.
Will is also a fan of the new take on cravats – “tied in this loose style gives a more relaxed feel to an outfit than a formal tie and you can have fun introducing some spots or a paisley print. A cotton or silk tootle scarf is perfect for creating this look”.
From blazers to brogues, blush pink is another colour making waves for next spring/summer. Be careful with the tone – this look is subtle and sophisticated. Will’s top tip is to combine the look with a classic brown tweed and “lift the outfit with some colour such as a pink tie”.
Clockwise from top top left: Dunhill, The wedding of 91 Magazine Editor Caroline on Love My Dress shot by Pearl Pictures, Pearl Pictures
Gatsby inspired pale pink wedding on Love My Dress shot by Craig & Eva Sanders + Paul Smith
Classic brands such as Dunhill and Bottega Veneta presented double-breasted pink blazers for s/s 2015, which will work perfectly with a laid-back English wedding theme. In contrast, Calvin Klein Collection unveiled a sharp pale pink suit with a vivid lemon trim, faultless for city-chic nuptials.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone,
As well as being our regular fashion contributor, Sarah-Leigh Wade is the International Contributing Editor for Olivia Palermo. She also co-runs events and communication agency What Peggy Did Next and is the lady behind Bridal Boot Sales. You can see Sarah-Leigh’s own wedding here.
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