2020 Wedding Suit Trends

2020 Wedding Suit Trends

Like all fashions, men’s suit trends come and go in cycles. While 2019 was certainly a great year for the suit (and weddings), many are predicting 2020 will push the envelope even further. Whether you’re a groom or guest, if you’re in the market for...
Tweed Groomswear

Tweed Groomswear

‘The customer is always right’. Do you agree or disagree? This phrase was famously coined by Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1909. The founder of Selfridge’s department store in London, Harry probably had no idea that this expression would be as relevant...
Mismatching Groomswear

Mismatching Groomswear

They say that ‘variety is the spice of life’, and for today’s fashion-conscious brides and grooms this adage even extends to the groomswear arena. The very definition of the word ‘mismatch’ suggests disparity. However, in a day and age...
Quirky Buttonholes

Quirky Buttonholes

Hands up who thinks that when it comes to wedding flowers the girls get all the attention! On the big day the bride and her bouquet take centre stage, but what about the groom? This is after all just as much his day, so why shouldn’t he have something floral...
The National Wedding Show Catwalk Spring 2017

The National Wedding Show Catwalk Spring 2017

Did you visit any of The National Wedding Shows this spring? We always look forward to The National Wedding Shows, especially the spring shows. For us they kick-start the wedding season and are a great opportunity to see what’s going to be hot for the season...
Choosing Your Wedding Waistcoat

Choosing Your Wedding Waistcoat

Your wedding photos are a memento to last a lifetime, so it is important that you look and feel your best. You wouldn’t want to look back in years to come and wonder why on earth you chose groomswear with a garish colour or busy pattern. Nothing works better or...
Wedding Highland Wear

Wedding Highland Wear

The popularity of tartan, kilts and highland wear in general is no longer simply a Scottish look. The style now spreads throughout the UK and worldwide. English cities including London, Leicester, Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Bristol and Newcastle all rank highly...
Tied Style Buttonholes

Tied Style Buttonholes

Some grooms love them, some grooms hate them and some grooms don’t even know what a buttonhole is! Not so long ago buttonholes were rather poor things. Sad looking creations, usually made with carnations and fern, and wrapped with tin foil. What had once been...
Choosing Your Wedding Suit Colour

Choosing Your Wedding Suit Colour

Your choice of wedding suit colour is likely to be determined by your features as opposed to any inspiration you may have had having seen an advert or that perfect suit at a friend’s wedding. Your size, colouring, and even your personality can often suggest that...
Should You Wear a Kilt to Your Wedding?

Should You Wear a Kilt to Your Wedding?

Scottish guy marrying English gal in England; what to wear? Over the years I have been party to many a debate about wedding kilts, and dread the words “Steve, what do you suggest?”. It really is a tough question, and the only constant opinion that I seem...
Groomswear on a Budget

Groomswear on a Budget

Does groomswear on a budget mean you have to choose cheap quality suits to keep costs down, have less groomsmen, or make do with Uncle Ted’s hand-me-downs? Here is what I have learned over the years. Who’s Paying? The first question is who pays for the...
Getting to Know – Stephen Bishop Suiting

Getting to Know – Stephen Bishop Suiting

Interview with: Stephen Bishop Company Name: Stephen Bishop Suiting Location: Woking, Surrey What does Stephen Bishop Suiting do? Stephen Bishop has a simple goal – offer formal wear based on a truly modern fit and the most lightweight fabric. Not content with...
Choosing Your Pageboy’s Outfit

Choosing Your Pageboy’s Outfit

A pageboy’s outfit is usually decided by what the grown-ups are wearing, their age, or their actual role. Some boys are dressed up because his dad is best man, or he is the son of a groom. Of course, if he has a role such as ring bearer then perhaps a more...
Getting the Most from Your Wedding Suit Fitting

Getting the Most from Your Wedding Suit Fitting

So you’re set for your wedding suit fitting. You have the shops earmarked or appointments booked, but is there anything else to consider apart from simply turning up? The answer is yes, but it does depend on the store or stores that you are visiting and the...
Choosing Your Wedding Neckwear

Choosing Your Wedding Neckwear

Cravat, tie, bow tie…? This is a hot topic. Of course, the colour of the groomsmen’s neckwear is normally easy as it’s usually coordinated with the bride or bridesmaids’ colour scheme. The tricky bit is the age old ‘the groom has to stand...
Should You Hire or Buy Wedding Suits?

Should You Hire or Buy Wedding Suits?

Normally your wedding budget will determine whether you hire or buy your wedding suits. There are several arguments for both, but let me try and steer you in a direction or two. If the groom decides to buy a whizz-bang suit this is all well and good, but what about...
Choosing Groomswear for a Summer or Beach Wedding

Choosing Groomswear for a Summer or Beach Wedding

What groomswear do you wear for a summer or beach wedding? Lightweight, is my answer. Even in dear old England summers can be warm, often humid, so a lighter weight suit should be more comfortable. Unfortunately some formal wear stores offer thicker, more durable suit...
A Guide to Coordinating Groomswear

A Guide to Coordinating Groomswear

One of the biggest talking point with coordinating groomswear is how to distinguish a groom from his best man, his best man from the ushers, the groomsmen from any guests that may dress up. As with most wedding issues, opinions, what the etiquette books say, what your...
Funky Formal Attire

Funky Formal Attire

Can formal attire be ‘funky’? Yes it can, but the problem with formal wear is just that – it is formal. So how do you modernise or ‘funk’ up this sort of thing? Over the last few years my way of achieving this has been to modernise the...
Why Wear a Waistcoat?

Why Wear a Waistcoat?

If you wear a suit to work and don’t want to wear tails at your wedding what do you do? Simple – buy or hire a suit and add a waistcoat. Ideally this will co-ordinate with the suit and neckwear, but a waistcoat can also reflect your personality; flamboyant...
A Quick Guide to Groomswear Styles

A Quick Guide to Groomswear Styles

I believe that a suit reflects you and your personality. Are you cool, calm, funky, trendy, short, tall, flamboyant, quiet etc? You probably get my drift. There does seem to be this illusion that you have to wear this or wear that just because it is a wedding. This...
A Guide to Made to Measure Suits

A Guide to Made to Measure Suits

A ‘Made to Measure’ suit is a garment made individually for you. Not to be mistaken with ‘Bespoke Tailoring’, made to measure should be a suit you have created by choosing from many different fabrics, linings and different styles. Single...
Groom Suits for a Civil Partnership

Groom Suits for a Civil Partnership

When choosing a suit for your civil partnership you should let your individual style shine through. Anyone who knows me will tell you I have a very individual style. My love of clothes and, in particular, shoes, is well known! So when it comes to suits for civil...
A Guide to Buttonholes and Corsages

A Guide to Buttonholes and Corsages

Buttonholes A stylish wedding buttonhole completes the groom’s outfit. Weddings are generally focused on how special the bride looks, but buttonholes are an inexpensive way to ensure that the groom looks and feels special too. You may like the groom to be the...
How to Get the Right Fit for Your Wedding Suit

How to Get the Right Fit for Your Wedding Suit

In order for the groom to look great on the wedding day it’s important that his wedding suit fits properly. Here is how to ensure the right fit for the different elements of your wedding outfit. Suit Jacket Shoulder and Chest Fit Ideally your suit jacket will...
What is Formal Wear?

What is Formal Wear?

We all have our own opinions as to what is casual, smart or indeed formal wear. My definition of formal wear is this… Formal wear to me is clothing that isn’t classed as casual or ‘daywear’. It is clothing that tries to reflect a particular...