(Closed) Anyone bored? Or just really like fashion? Help me dress my groom!

posted 8 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 5
30393 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@prahajess:  I don’t think he needs to be in 50’s style. It was just an idea. He would probably get more wear out of an outfit purchased in a current style. Men’s clothes are so classic that unless the style was over the top different, it’s not noticed anyhow.

Does he wear hats? What about a nice Fedora?

The Styles of 1950s Mens Hats

Post # 6
2274 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@prahajess:  Well, every man needs a pair of grey flannels in his wardrobe, so if he doesn’t have those, I would take this opportunity to get a very nice pair.  You could also get a three piece suit, and have him wear just the vest and pants for the wedding.  Charcoal grey, or mid-grey sharkskin, or herringbone, would be a good option, as would navy blue.  Those are all suits a man needs – don’t know what’s already in his wardrobe.  So, then he would have the suit for other occasions when it is needed, and something very nice to wear for the wedding – win win!


If he’s already good on suits, I would probably do light grey, if it’s in the summer.  Again, I’d get the full three piece suit, as it’s a great one to add to the wardrobe, if that’s reasonable for your budget.


You could do different colours of vest and pants, but I think that usually works better with denim/streetwear, than with something more classic like you’re thinking.  I would actually consider grey flannels and a sport coat, over the vest.  The pants/vest look is very current, and will look dated later on – so decide if you care about that.  A sport coat is also very 50’s, so it would be a nice match with your dress, and looks good without a tie.  A navy blazer could work, but they’re better with a tie – though you could do it with an informal ascot (cravat in British English), and it would be quite sharp, and unique.  Also a bit of a vintage feel, so it could line up with your look quite nicely.

Really any colour you like will work with the colour scheme you’ve mentioned.  What does the groom want to wear?

Post # 8
2274 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@prahajess:  Yep – grey flannels general refers to grey wool flannel pants.  Flannel is a weave, like velvet, not a material, so it can be made of wool, cotton, whatever.  Medium grey is slightly more versatile for pants than charcoal.  Charcoal is considerably more versatile for a suit.

Of note, the rise of the pants on that model is too low.  Low rise pants (which are the trendy thing right now) do not work very well wih a vest, because the vest shoul cover he waistband.  You should also wear suspenders/braces with a vest, as a belt will cause a bulge – the suspenders will be under the vest.  Low rise pants don’t work very well with suits, or sport coats, either.  The pants should come up to, or close to, the button point of the jacket – meaning the higher button of a two-button jacket, and the middle button of a three button jacket.  A jacket, vest, and pants, especially if they are a suit, should flow from one to the next, and not be disconnected by flashes of shirt at the bottom.  A suit is meant to create a fluid line along the body, that gives a man the appearance of height, elegance, and athleticism.

Of course, once you’re into the vest/pants look, with no jacket, you’re outside of classic menswear, so you could go for a more fashion-type look if that’s what the Groom wants.  However, if you want a lot of use out of these garments in business, or more formal social, settings, you should stick to classic tailoring.  They did spend several decades narrowing down the principles of classic men’s wear, and the state they came to is the result of much experimentation, and keeping the best of what worked.  Rules can be bent skillfully to create lovely looks, but that is best done by gentlemen that are already experts at following them.

Post # 12
990 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Duncan:  I didn’t know all that about suits, but thank you! My fiance is also going to wear a gray suit and waistcoat at our wedding this summer, and I’m going to casually trot out all that info and then act really surprised when he doesn’t know any of it. Ha!

OP, what about a straw fedora, and NOT a douce-y fedora?


I’d suggest it for my fiance too, but he has a really big head.

Post # 14
55 posts
Worker bee

I would agree with a nice dark gray but I want to point out contrary to other posters the following:


Summer + flannel = bad , go with a summer or tropical weight 100% wool if possible. It is usually difficult to find a paired waistcoat and trousers in tropical wool since a three peice suit is usually reserved for cooler weather so you may need to settle on regular or worsted wool. As long as you stay away from flannel you’ll have a far more comfortable groom. 



Post # 15
2274 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mr52:  flannel is a weave, not a material, and in this case is wool

  It comes in many weights.  For mid grey, or charcoal, a year round weight is a much, much better purchase than a summer weight. Only colours like light grey, or beige, etc., make sense to purchase in summer weight wool.

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