Official Wedding Attire Question/Answer/Picture Thread

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

  1. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    If I were getting married on a tropical beach, I'd definitely wear a linen suit. Beige or light blue, white shirt, cotton tie, or no tie.
     


  2. Aguy

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    Thank you. I'm working about 6 months out in case I end up wanting to do MTM. Are peak lapels appropriate for anything lighter than a Navy Blue or Charcoal suit? Or are they reserved for the higher end of the color spectrum.


    Definitely considering this option. Don't know how much use I would get out of a beige/ivory linen suit though.
     


  3. Van Veen

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    I don't think peaks are inherently inappropriate with any color, but I'm sure there are some people who would disagree. It's definitely more of a rakish, fashion forward look, but there's no reason not to do it if you don't mind standing out and feel confident in doing so.
     


  4. archibaldleach

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    Regarding your first question, peak lapels are technically more formal than notch lapels. That said, I don't think they would be inappropriate with a suit that is not charcoal or navy. They are also less CBD (conservative business dress), but then again so is a linen suit. If you're going with the linen suit option in the first place and prefer peak lapels, I'd go for it.

    I'd go for a beige linen suit over an ivory one for versatility reasons. I love the idea of an ivory linen suit, but (1) it will stand out anywhere you go and (2) it is a royal pain in the ass to keep clean. I have an off-white linen cotton jacket I wear at times during the summer and can only imagine how much more a full suit would stand out and be a pain to keep clean. A beige linen suit is something you can wear for most of the summer to occasions where a conservative suit and tie might be a bit much but where you still want to dress up. A decent number of people also wear khaki suits in cotton during the summer and the beige linen suit would work in a situation where those are being worn. Beige linen and seersucker are also some of the few suits I'd consider wearing without a tie and also are suits where you could wear the pants and jacket separately.
     


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    QFT. A cheap Marks & Spencer beige linen suit I picked up a few years ago in London has gotten more play than almost anything else in my closet; it's appropriate for just about any daytime social event between May and August around here, and can be dressed down far more easily than navy or charcoal. A friend's stifling July courthouse wedding, a surprise lunch date with for wife, a buddy's Marine retirement ceremony... if I were to attend a beach wedding I wouldn't pull out any other suit, not even the seersucker.

    Incidental: it gets a disproportionate amount of attention from the opposite sex.
     


  6. Aguy

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    Thanks guys,

    Any recommendations as far as manufacturers or website for a cotton/linen suit?
     


  7. ovlov

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    Depends a great deal on your budget and where you live. Given that you don't seem to have a heap of experience in suiting ordering online is probably not the way to go (unless you live in Rural US where there are no stores but apparently every online business in the country offers free returns to locals...)
     


  8. Aguy

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    So it's my understanding that cotton, linen, and chambray are lighter and cooler than wool?
     
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  9. Van Veen

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    Slightly OT, but this is how I'm feeling in the last week of wedding planning:

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  10. ImTheGroom

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    You'll get there. And a couple of things will go wrong. It's just a matter of which ones. And they won't actually matter, and someone will take care of them for you.
     


  11. dieterhellstorm

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    I'm searching for a fly front tuxedo dress shirt for my wedding, and I found the below YSL shirt (15 - 38) at Century 21. My question is, per the pictures below, is the collar too big/wide? When I put on my jacket, I think it looks ok. But without, does the collar seems too wide or weird?

    Where should the points on the collar be in relation to the jacket lapel? Any suggestions on other slim fit fly front brands?

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  12. archibaldleach

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    ^ Collar points should ideally be hidden by your jacket lapels. I would not worry about the collar on the above.
     


  13. Digmenow

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    I STRONGLY urge you to be more specific with your guests regarding their attire. Your post allows me to trot out my 'Mexican Beach Wedding' story/debacle.

    A few years back, my wife (and I, by extension) were invited to attend the wedding of one of her office mates on the beach of the 'Mexican Riviera' at the Rosewood Mayakoba resort. When we inquired about how to dress for the wedding, she told us that we should wear whatever we felt might be comfortable for a beach wedding. I jokingly mentioned swimwear and was told "Absolutely!"

    I began to search for information on what to wear. My first error was thinking that since the location for the wedding was Mexico, I should search for how to dress for a Mexican Wedding. The answer came back as Guyabera shirt, linen pants and some sort of sandals.

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    As it was early in my SF days, I always traveled with proper dress for all but the most formal of occasions as well as swimwear, just in case. On the day of the wedding, my wife, in a lovely and colorful sundress and I, in my Guyabera shirt, linen pants and basketweave loafers took our seats on the deck overlooking the beach. One other office mate of my wife and her husband also came to the event and he took his seat wearing a brand new generic, synthetic polo shirt and cotton cargo shorts with beach thongs on his otherwise bare feet.

    As the other guests began to arrive, I took note that EVERY male guest was wearing either a suit or sport coat and tie. Since the beach was within the resort grounds, there was plenty of time for me to sprint back to our bungalow and change into more compatible attire. I turned to the poor man in the shorts and polo and saw the stricken look on his face as he had come to a similar awareness of the inappropriateness of his state of dress. Unfortunately, he had not come as prepared as I was and had nothing much into which he could change on such short notice.

    Thus, in the spirit of solidarity, I remained in my seat in my now ridiculous shirt so that he would not be the 'sore thumb' alone among the sea of suits and coats.

    :cheers:


    My point, in this tl;dr story is that better guidance from the bridal party would have prevented no small feeling of awkwardness of some of their invited guests. While neither of us had, in no way, done anything wrong based on what we had been told, no one else at the event knew that. I laugh about it now but on that day...
     
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  14. MrDaniels

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    The collar looks greats, as does the self-tie bowtie.
     


  15. Aguy

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    I appreciate that anecdote and strong suggestion and see where your coming from. The invitation requests semi-formal, however our families are different ethnicity so I think there will be two different interpretations of that request. So I am not expecting any uniformity but will be happy as long as there is some appropriateness.
     


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