Having had a disastrous outing at a recent wedding (as a rather clownish figure in a suit from Oxfam and winklepickers a size too big) I'd like to make a better impression at the next one. This will be in two weeks time.
As a first step I have bought myself a pair of Church's Oxfords, which although a tad over-formal for my taste, I understand to be the right shoe for the job. I now need to buy a decent suit.
I am 35 years old, six feet tall and have a slim build (so RTW does tend to fit). I have about Â£500 (maximum) to spend on the suit and maybe another Â£200 on shirt and tie and socks. Shopping should be no problem as I work in Soho in London, near Savile Row, Bond St, Selfridges etc.
From this site and Film Noir Buff I understand that a blue suit provides the basis of a man's wardrobe. Also I have reddish hair and a fair complexion, blue suits me rather better than grey. So if I am going to buy a suit I would rather buy a blue one than any other colour. So my first question is "˜can you wear a blue suit to a September wedding?'
If you can, then the next questions are: "˜What type' and "˜who from?' I personally favour a two button jacket (coat?) and as I work in the media and do not shoot, nothing too overly structured (I tried on a suit in Gieves and Hawkes, and had the impression it was wearing me rather than the other way around).
So far, I have found a very nice plain blue lightweight suit in Paul Smith, and am now thinking of looking in Nicole Farhi, and even in Marks and Spencer as I have heard that for simple suits they are not a bad choice. I might also look at Hugo Boss and Zegna (at Harrods or Harvey Nicks).
Finally, given an appropriate suit, what shirt and tie combination would work for such an event? I assume that if I have a blue suit I should brighten it up with a more celebratory choice of shirt and tie? I like the idea of a thinner tie with bold stripes (regimental?), but am confused about shirts (not overly sold on stiff spread collars) and not everything goes with my complexion.
Any advice would be gratefully received as the clock is ticking.