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Official Wedding Attire Question/Answer/Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by unbelragazzo, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Prepare thyself for the anti-Windsor lobby. Yes, the wing collar is the one worn sometimes with tuxedos and always with tails.
     
  2. RogerC

    RogerC Senior member

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    In my view, Windsor knots are justifiable in the following situations:

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  3. JimC

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    Haha! Thanks for the heads-up.
     
  4. JimC

    JimC Member

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    So, Roger, a good alternative would be...?
    For many years I've had no cause to wear a tie let alone formal attire that wasn't issued to me by others. The Windsor was my go to knot as it was the only one that suited.
    I'm honestly quite happy to be led on this. Particularly noting the fact that tie I'll be wearing will no doubt be a little more substantial than I'm used to. My hands might struggle tying something different, but I'm sure I can handle it.
     
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    :fonz:

    Jim, the four in hand or double four in hand gets the most love around here. The problem with a Windsor is that it ties a huge knot, which looks silly on, well, everyone.
     
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    Going to a wedding in April here in SE USA. My wife is a bridesmaid and the dress is a light taupe color. I don't really care about matching her but I don't want to clash. I was thinking, given the time of year, of wearing a khaki-colored suit - either chino or gabardine. Light colored bow-tie, either blue or green with a white shirt and a pocket silk with some of those colors in there. Thinking brown suede wingtips for the shoes.

    Seeking advice. Thoughts?
     
  7. RogerC

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    Personally, I'd prefer gabardine, but either would be fine. With a bow tie, you may want to consider a 3-button jacket. The rest sounds just fine.
     
  8. HughJ

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    Is something like this too informal for a groom?
     
  9. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Is this a daytime wedding?
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It would have to be a very intimate wedding IMHO.
     
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    +1.
     
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    Will have to check. If in the evening would attire fallback to dark suit?
     
  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For me, yes.
     
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    Thanks for the help guys.  Appreciate it.

    Edit: would navy or charcoal be more appropriate? I do not have a black suit.
     
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  15. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    Navy or charcoal would be fine if it's an evening wedding.
     
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    as I mentioned a page back, i'll be getting married this fall, in the evening. i'll be wearing a charcoal suit most likely with houndstooth or glen plaid tie. whenever i mention the suit choice to people, they wonder - it's in the evening, why not a black suit? my reply is usually "it's not a funeral." is there a more, um, eloquent answer to that?

    and also, does anyone have a saved copy or know where i can find the oft cited Manton speech about wedding attire?
     
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    No, because black suits are for nighttime. That's why tuxedos / dinner jackets are called "evening attire" and are normally black (or a color so dark that it appears black).

     
  18. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    To me the silk facings give the tuxedo a richness that the black suit on its own doesn't have. Without the facings, a little bit of color helps to enliven the suit. Navy and charcoal are also more forgiving for a wider variety of complexions. Then there's the funereal connotation of the black suit. But I wouldn't say a black suit is terrible, just obviously not as nice as a tuxedo while kind of trying to be like one.
     
  19. trsmith

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    I'm getting married in October, and I'm looking for some guidance for my attire. I'm open to a suit or tux, but probably leaning toward tux.

    My main goal is to have something that works with my fiancee's dress, which is this: http://www.dangdangdress.com/images...illier-bliss-2013-bl1317-3b866e22-700x940.jpg. Beyond that, my style is slightly hipster/vintage. I'm white, on the skinny side, 5'9, and I think I look pretty good in blue.

    Our wedding is going to have a fall theme with a little vintage. It'll be outdoors in Pennsylvania, with a reception in a lodge type of place.

    Any suggestions or ideas, be they general or specific?

    Thanks.
     
  20. RogerC

    RogerC Senior member

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    I like that dress. Make sure you give her a nice bouquet to go with it. The bouquet should have seasonal flowers (there' your fall theme) and you should have one matching flower through your buttonhole (not pinned onto your lapel).

    If you go for a retro theme, and the ceremony starts early, go for the stroller, all-out, and accessorize with an odd waistcoat and perhaps even a bow tie. Otherwise, dinner suit, but make sure that you have all the details right. See Black TIe Guide for example.
     

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