FAQs and expert advice about men's formal wear

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Men's Formal Wear


Suited and booted

Suited and booted

Q. My groom-to-be wants something a bit different and super-stylish for our wedding. Where should he shop?

A. Dean Anderson says: Meet the expert: Dean Anderson is the owner of Saint Crispin Bespoke Menswear based in Northampton, easily reached from Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. They offering high-quality, made-to-measure suits using fabric sourced from heritage manufacturers where animal welfare and the environment are a priority.

Dean says: Whether it's a James Bond-inspired tuxedo or stylish three-piece suit, grooms want to feel comfortable and confident on their wedding day. That goes for the fathers and groomsmen, too. They can all wear versions of the same suit to keep everyone in unison, but with slight variations to show their personal style.

You'd be surprised with how much versatility you can get out of one durable suit and with 67 different fabric combinations to choose from, you're spoilt for choice. When temperatures soar, remain cool and composed at a summer wedding in a lightweight tailored suit – you can buy a summer-weight suit even in winter!

It's important to look smart even when you remove your jacket so choose beautiful accompaniments such as matching waistcoats, fitted shirts with embroidered cuffs or even a bespoke jacket lining to complement the colour theme. Every garment can be personalised with a date and initials for that extra-special touch.

Here at Saint Crispin Bespoke Menswear, we make sure your high-quality suit fits impeccably while being 100 per cent individual for the biggest day of your life.

Dean Anderson, Saint Crispin Bepsoke Menswear


Suited and booted

Suited and booted

Q. We are two grooms-to-be planning a same-sex ceremony next summer and would like to invest in tailor-made suits that aren't the same but complement one another - can you give us some much-needed inspiration?

A. Graeme Healy says: Graeme says: The most important thing is for you both to feel comfortable and confident - a gentleman always looks his most stylish when he's not thinking about what he's wearing. That effortless style is something we all strive for, especially on the biggest day of our lives! I suggest for you both to agree on an overall aesthetic and level of formality to adhere to so for example, pick dinner suits or the ever-popular English rural tweed look and once that has been decided, focus on the two of you as individuals. A properly tailored suit should be an extension of yourselves as well as a signature of the tailor. Find a reputable tailoring house whose cutting style you both like and trust them to take your traits into account - bespoke is all about flattering each client. Aim for timelessness, elegance and sharpness, and you can't fail!

Graeme Healy, Healy and Son


Making the cut

Making the cut

Q. I'm looking for something on-trend but understated for the big day. What are your suggestions when it comes to groomswear?

A. Rachel Jolliffe says: Mohair slim cut suits are a big hit at the moment. 2020 will see the new subtle check materials and a different shade of brown. All our mohair suits are available in traditional morning coats (tails) and formal lounge jackets, and with four shades of blue and four shades of grey, there are a variety of colour schemes. Tweeds are a strong option for the rustic and on-trend wedding and the dinner suit black tie theme is also very popular. If you are looking for something different there should be a very broad choice. For instance, in our shop, most of our suits are available from age two to 62” chest and all can be hired or purchased. An on-site tailor can help can ensure the perfect fit, and wherever you decide to buy or hire from, look for somewhere with a good reputation for customer service. Remember, your needs should always come first!

Rachel Jolliffe


Hire love

Hire love

Q. With finance in mind, what are the choices in terms of groomswear, and can my husband-to-be cut costs and still look great on the big day?

A. Alex Rathkey says: Let's start practically. Is the suit just for the wedding day? Is it just for the groom, or is there a party of people needing the same suit? If there is a party of groomsmen needing to match the groom, hiring would be the better option. As grooms could be looking for a suit they may not wear again, the benefit of hiring may mean they can choose a more extravagant outfit. Hiring prestige suits and tails with alternative waistcoats is perfect for grooms who wish to feel their best on the day and the more affordable option, especially if more than one suit is required. At Elegans Menswear, we can also provide matching suits for boys and all the size scales for adults to ensure everyone is comfortable on the big day. A mixture of hiring and buying is a great way to keep costs down. The groom can buy his perfect suit and look to hire suits and accessories that complement the wedding theme for others.

Alex Rathkey


Trends for grooms

Trends for grooms

Q. My on-trend groom is looking to make his mark on his big-day look - what do you suggest?

A. Karen Broude says: Pocket squares have blown up on the menswear scene recently with Bradley Cooper, David Beckham, Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Craig, to name but a few, rocking the look.

This classic accessory allows you to have a bit of fun with your look and add some flair to a stylish groom's outfit. The colours can be mix-and-matched and themed to your own wedding palette.

Choose to stand out by selecting a design with a pop of colour to add a focal point to a plain suit, or opt for soft pastels a shade lighter or darker than your tie for a romantic look.

Karen Broude

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