What to wear for your wedding this Summer

The Gorgeous Groom: What to Wear and How to Wear It in 2016

Sartorial elegance and edgy design combine with subtle shades of grey (not the 50 variety – cheeky!) and flashes of bold colour for 2016

Whilst grey isn’t normally a colour you associate with spring and summer it’s a timelessly satisfying colour that can be dressed up or played down. A tailored suit in fine grey wool won’t sit in your wardrobe and hang there unworn after the wedding, no; it will wait patiently on its fine wooden hangar for you to drape yourself into it and whisper ‘wear me’……….

Breaking out in a cold sweat at the thought of all that sober grey? Calm yourself as colour is also a big part of the look this season. Jewel like emerald greens and turquoise rub shoulders with the more subtle hues of soft blues and pink tones that reflect the Pantone colour(s) of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue. Walk tall in sharply tailored suits of single bold colours or choose flamboyantly patterned fabrics that provide the key look for accessories.

How to Wear It: Classic British Gentleman meets Avant Garde Spirit

Making a look or a trend your own is SO important. You want to own your ‘look’, rather than your ‘look’ own you. Of course if you bask in the physical perfection and sartorial stratosphere of the likes of Mr David Gandy you can pretty much own any look, but if not here’s our guide to ‘on trend’ shapes and how to wear this season’s most popular colour(s):


Slim tailored silhouettes are popular with a notch or peak lapel and two buttons. The jacket is shorter this season and designed with side or single vent(s)

 Stunningly Stylish with Textures and Layering:

Multiple layers, textures and shades of grey are bang on trend for spring and summer 2016. We love the sartorial check suit from Italian fashion forward brand, Etro. Fine wool patterned with a subtle floral and check make this a unique and captivating choice for a wedding suit. And, as with any suit from this brand the devil is in the detail with a beautifully patterned paisley style lining in silver greys, black and white. To effortlessly complete the layering, wear with a soft grey slim-fit patterned paisley shirt and dark steel self-patterned paisley tie. A pocket square in shades of black, grey and white adds a dapper touch, whilst black patent lace up shoes add glamour for a wedding day.

Alexandra at AW Bespoke: ‘We work with clients to create their own ‘stand out from the crowd’ look that combines classic tailoring with fashion forward elements, and shades of grey are already proving hugely popular for this season’

Bold and Bodacious with Colour and Pattern:

If you’re confident ‘go green’. Nick Carvell, online fashion editor at GQ advises in his article for Conde Nast Brides to try a bold forest green if you have pale skin, whilst if you have darker skin tones try shades of khaki.

Not quite brave enough to do a whole suit but still want to flash a bit of colour? The Gucci catwalk abounded with colourful toucans, parrots, and exotic flowers that are great as suit linings and if you’re not a fan of having a printed parrot inside your suit there’s also Chinoiserie. Providing décor for many a stately English home this curious pattern has been pulled off the walls and onto the catwalk. Delicate flowers and exotic birds are features with the Birds of Paradise Collection at Dolce Gabbana providing inspiration. Why not eschew a matching jacket and trousers and team dark grey wool trousers with an immaculately tailored jacket with a Chinoiserie print?  Express your sartorial ‘chutzpah’ in the best possible way.

Alexandra at AW Bespoke: Beautiful patterned silks provide individuality and style without the wearer having to be overwhelmed by them. Many of our clients choose to express themselves through a ‘cheeky’ suit jacket lining.

And finally…

Cool and Calm With a Classic Profile:

We get it – you’re a gentleman who knows what they like when it comes to tailoring and you don’t like to mess with a successful formula. Like a classic car, the lines of your suits are graceful, attention to detail paramount and your personality subtly expressed in accessories. What better then than to be inspired by immaculately cut dark grey trousers worn with a fitted white blazer like that seen at Dunhill?

A few top tips from Alexandra:

  • Add personality with subtle hints of this seasons delights. For example, add floral shirt fabric to the vents to add interest.
  • Add alternative accessories to add interest and enable you to wear at a later date.
  • Choose contrast buttons to make your suit more unique.
  • Make it your own by having your own bespoke tie and pocket square made from a vintage fabric

Alexandra at AW Bespoke: You need to be confident and comfortable with your wedding suit. Whatever your style we listen to your ideas and create a ‘look’ that will reflect you and your personality. You’ll look poised, confident and worthy of your bride on your wedding day!

Words By Rowena Wood