• I'm happy to introduce the Styleforum Happy Hour, our brand new podcast featuring lively discussion about menswear and the fashion industry. In the inaugural edition, a discussion of what's going on in retail today. Please check it out on the Journal. All episodes will be also be available soon on your favorite podcast platform.

  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Wedding Suit for Groom Question

Get Smart

Don't Crink
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Messages
12,234
Reaction score
227
So one of my best friends is getting married next year and I'm the best man. We were talking about suit ideas (he doesnt want to wear a tux)...is it distasteful to wear a pinstripe suit? I'm not talking a conservative banker's suit, but something more flashy...dark base with really bright bold stripes. Her dress won't be a typical dress either (dont know exactly what it will be tho)

the front page of Duncan Quinn is a perfect example of such a suit....

This suit

thoughts?
 

dah328

Distinguished Member
Joined
Dec 6, 2003
Messages
4,603
Reaction score
110
That the pinstripes aren't parallel at the bottom of that Duncan Quinn jacket is certainly distasteful.
 

philosophe

Distinguished Member
Joined
Oct 20, 2004
Messages
4,951
Reaction score
200
Most pinstripe fabrics say "business," so I'd look at other options. That said, lime green pinstripes don't exactly say "business," and it might work to go for some unconventional colors. But your friend may face the problem of garishness.
 

Quirk

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 11, 2006
Messages
2,581
Reaction score
6
If they want to be untraditional, he should probably find out what she's wearing first, so he can complement her.
 

Get Smart

Don't Crink
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Messages
12,234
Reaction score
227
I think her dress is going to be white-base with maybe some lightly colored flowers (pale pinks, teals etc). Not a traditional wedding dress cut, more of a vintage hawaiian style cut, but made longer down to the floor. If he goes pinstripe, it's definitely not going to be business-appropriate (a la the DQ link)...with something like the lime-green, or pink bold stripes (think Etro). I guess the question isnt whether such suit will look good/bad, but the tastefullness level of it, in context within its own flashiness.

If you saw a guy like on the DQ front page, with his bride described above....would you think "ugh, he shouldnt have worn that suit to his wedding"?
 

lawyerdad

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
24,405
Reaction score
10,480
Originally Posted by Get Smart
I think her dress is going to be white-base with maybe some lightly colored flowers (pale pinks, teals etc). Not a traditional wedding dress cut, more of a vintage hawaiian style cut, but made longer down to the floor. If he goes pinstripe, it's definitely not going to be business-appropriate (a la the DQ link)...with something like the lime-green, or pink bold stripes (think Etro). I guess the question isnt whether such suit will look good/bad, but the tastefullness level of it, in context within its own flashiness.

If you saw a guy like on the DQ front page, with his bride described above....would you think "ugh, he shouldnt have worn that suit to his wedding"?

Completely depends. My concern would be that the DQ suit has the potential to veer into camp or at least excessive flashiness (although it also could look very good - it's a question of context and presentation). Assuming some basic adherence to traditional values, the center of attention should be her dress, not his suit. If they made a collective decision to wear loud, flashy, or campy clothes such that his outfit was "consistent" with hers, that would be one thing. But it sounds like her dress, while not a traditional wedding dress, will be far from loud or flashy. Accordingly, I'd say your friend probably should eschew the stripes and go with something more understated.
 

Get Smart

Don't Crink
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Messages
12,234
Reaction score
227
ok good points! I think we'll suggest a solid color (grayish blue or something of the sorts) in a more modern fitted cut.
 

mano

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 21, 2004
Messages
450
Reaction score
2
Think about how he'll look and react when going over the wedding pictures in 25 years. I have friends and relatives gaffawing over their Barry Manilow wedding tuxes from the 70's.
 

lawyerdad

Stylish Dinosaur
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
24,405
Reaction score
10,480
Originally Posted by mano
Think about how he'll look and react when going over the wedding pictures in 25 years. I have friends and relatives gaffawing over their Barry Manilow wedding tuxes from the 70's.
But isn't that part of the charm of old pictures? "Geez, dad, you looked like a total dork! I can't believe Mom let you out of the house wearing that."
 

Jovan

Banned for Good
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
2,533
Reaction score
0
I was thinking the same thing. I wouldn't go for anything too over the top either.
 

denning

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 30, 2005
Messages
1,292
Reaction score
167
Sorry to take your thread off on a tangent Jason, but doesn't anyone else find that model on the front page of Duncan Quinn's website looks completely incongruous between his feminine, made up face and disgusting old man hands?
 

GBR

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 15, 2006
Messages
8,547
Reaction score
717
To bring the thread back to where it should be surely the Groom can have considerable freedom with what HE (and his bride) want rather than ppure convention.

True that you would be able to look back in amusement at the Kaftan you chose (!) but rules cannot be stipulated generally for so personal an occasion
 

Get Smart

Don't Crink
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Messages
12,234
Reaction score
227
Originally Posted by denning
doesn't anyone else find that model on the front page of Duncan Quinn's website looks completely incongruous between his feminine, made up face and disgusting old man hands?


never really noticed that but yer right....guess they should have dipped his hands in some foundation

the wedding isnt til next April so we'll see what his bride's dress will actually look like then determine his getup, pinstripes or not.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

How many pairs of shoes do you own?

  • 1 - 4

    Votes: 32 3.8%
  • 5 - 10

    Votes: 144 17.1%
  • 11 - 20

    Votes: 278 33.1%
  • 21 - 30

    Votes: 132 15.7%
  • 31 - 40

    Votes: 71 8.4%
  • 41 - 50

    Votes: 49 5.8%
  • 51 - 60

    Votes: 25 3.0%
  • 61 - 70

    Votes: 22 2.6%
  • 71 - 80

    Votes: 17 2.0%
  • 81 - 90

    Votes: 8 1.0%
  • 91 - 100

    Votes: 9 1.1%
  • 100+

    Votes: 54 6.4%

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
429,241
Messages
9,231,026
Members
193,770
Latest member
Alex2045
Top