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 partnerships I am sometimes shocked to see images in magazines of gay men wearing matching white suits and pink ties – how original is that?! Just because you are having a civil partnership it doesn’t mean that you have to look like a gay cliché, or a pair of matching bookends!

Look and Feel Great

You’ve put a lot of thought and effort into creating the day you both want for yourselves and your guests. What you wear speaks volumes about who you are. A well made suit, whether bespoke, made to measure or off the peg, can really boost your confidence. With the right accessories and excellent grooming you’ll look and feel a million dollars.

A good suit is always an investment and doesn’t have to cost the earth. You can even design your own suits online. The beauty of a service like this is that you can add customised details that will show your individual style.

When choosing a suit it’s always important to choose the right fabric for the season (you don’t want to be wearing heavy tweed in July or linen in December), and a good tailor will always advise you. Also, invest in a suit that is not going to be a one hit wonder. By this I mean choose a style that you can wear after your civil partnership. A classic suit is a joy forever, and if it becomes your favourite for style and fit, when it does wear out you’ll have the perfect template to replace it.


Accessorise to your heart’s content if you wish, but remember less is more. A beautiful silk tie (I always favour a Windsor Knot), silk handkerchief in your top pocket (making sure it doesn’t match the tie), and finishing details of cufflinks, stick pin, a good watch and fabulous shoes.

Guest post by Lester Gethings

Image from David Walters Photography

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