If your wedding is themed, it may not be a consideration at all. And if you’re not known as a fashionable man-about-town, tread carefully in the avante-garde. The bolder your fashion statement, the more embarrassed you’ll be when your kids find the photos in 2044.
That said, what better place to start if you’re lost for inspiration? And if you do have a reputation to uphold, you’ll be wanting to step up to the plate.
A waistcoat is a great way to cut a discreet dash, whether at your own wedding or your girlfriend’s best mate’s. It’s not hard to see why they’re increasing in popularity. A mens waistcoats can add that extra formality that’s perfect for a solemn occasion, while also providing scope for restrained self-expression
Here are some current trends you might like to consider when choosing your wedding waistcoat:
Slim or tailored fit
High fashion continues to dictate a slim (ie tight) fitting waistcoat, and a slim waistcoat for men cut square across the waist is fantastic for creating that 21st-century dandy look, assuming you have the figure to carry it off. A more forgiving trend on the up is the tailored (ie close but well-fitting) waistcoat, which aligns you with the fashion cognoscenti while also creating a classic look that won’t date.
It’s best to stick to the traditional single breasted waistcoat if you’re wearing an ultra-formal morning-suit. But double-breasted waistcoats with lapels are increasingly popular, so definitely worth considering if you’re a fashionable couple. In a hot climate a double-breasted waistcoat looks substantial enough to wear without a jacket, especially if you add a breast pocket.
Silks, satins and brocades are easily sneaked into the most manly ensemble via the waistcoat, and the latest wedding fashions feature bold, embroidered patterns in colours to subtly compliment the bride’s dress, with rounded swirls and paisley teardrops as popular as ever. A finer jacquard brocade can create a subtler effect.
Particularly if you’re going for a clean, formal look with a dark waistcoat, consider a bit of extra adornment. Watch chains and tie pins are huge this year, and great for adding an extra bit of formal pizzazz.