Post # 1
So I’m having a morning wedding, and I think we’ll be doing suits and vests with plain white shirts and whatever color ties for all the men.
My groom is about 6’0″-6’1″ and has broad shoulders, muscular arms/legs and a bit of a tummy. I’ve been doing some googling for the best type of suit, so does this sound ok:
Single-breasted, shawl collar, vest, wide tie? How many buttons should his jacket have?
Is a shawl collar only found on tuxes? If so, what collar would better suit him, as we don’t want a tux? Also, no satin trim on the lapels, pockets, etc., right?
Flat front pants ok?
Also, Groomsmen vests/ties are matching Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses (at groom’s insistence), so I’d like groom to wear a white vest and white tie, for a classy look. But my dress is ivory, does that matter in pictures?
Post # 3
My Fiance is a similar build – 6’1, muscular with a tummy. He’s wearing a single-breasted suit with a two button jacket and vest and a bow tie. They recommended a vest as opposed to a cummerbund or just the shirt for someone of his build, as it’s more slimming. His suit does not have satin trim.
Post # 5
@littlebeanpole: Awesome, thanks for replying. Do you know what kind of collar your groom has on his suit?
Post # 6
@fzesguer: A shawl collar is only found on tuxedos, and, very rarely, on morning coats. Notch lapels or peak lapels are the options on suits. Fewer buttons are more formal (one button is most formal), and peak lapels are more formal than notches. Neither will look better or worse based on build. If you do’nt care about formality, it’s just preference. Single breasted or double breasted will look good if it fits properly, but single breasted is more formal.
As to one or two button looking better on your fi, it’s more the silhouette of the jacket that matters, than that detail. Go to two or three tailors – not menswear stores, tailors. Ask them to show you some differnt cuts of jacket to see what looks best. Just like a store, you’re not obligated to buy from the tailor – though you should go back to the one you like best for alterations.
Flat front pants are the right call. For vest colour, it does not matter if he is white and you are ivory. Personally, I wouldn’t do a white vest under a regular suit; I would do buff. But, white vest and an ivory dress are just fine. Your dress will not look dirty.
Only Tuxedos, and some formal day time wear, have satin facings or trim. A regular suit should not.
What colour suit are you looking for? If you are looking for the most wear afterward, navy and charcoal are the best options, in that order.