Jan 15, 2009

Men's wedding suiting

The first in a wedding series from DESIGNwatcher fashion correspondent Amy Fox!

Well Suited
By Amy Fox

I'm kicking it off with the gents first as I'm a big lover of men's suiting, furnishings and good ol' haberdashery. Maybe it all started when I was a window dresser at J. Crew? Anyway, I truly believe a man can buy a beautifully cut suit, tweak it out with the correct formal accoutrements and call it a day for his wedding ensemble—especially if the nuptials are more on the casual side—and why not save a buck when you can? For inspiration I always start with the above photo. Mr. Mick Jagger kills it in the style department today with the help of his current lady love, L'wren Scott as his stylist and of course in the photo with his first wife, Ms. Bianca Perez Morena De Macias. Such a perfect moment captured in such a casual way. Not staged and probably not even styled.

In regards to a modern wedding look with a vintage/British vibe, I'm a big fan of the following looks:

1. The Burberry slim fit suit which usually runs in the neighborhood of $1600. What I really think is smart about this suit isn't just the color and fabric, which is a beautiful light grey in a light-weight wool, but also that it's perfect for almost any time of year—and clearly can be worn more than just for the wedding. My favorite detail in any suit is the double vent in back, which this one has.

2. Paul Smith waistcoat made from hounds tooth check wool with a notch lapel (approx. $400). My advice when it comes to Paul Smith is to not buy online. You should really go to one of his shops, have a look around, chat up a sales gent and get properly fitted. He does men's suiting with such flair and love for detail, you really can't go wrong. Always timeless and tasteful.

3. The Banana Republic khaki suit (approx $500). This suit is so chic and simple, it's practically a blank canvas. Jazz this up with a Brioni or Prada tux shirt with pleats, a vintage waistcoat, a dark toned neck or bow tie (maybe in midnight navy, dark steel gray or hunter green silk satin), throw on some patent leather lace-up's and you've got a really smart look with that rocker edge. Plus you can take this suit on your honeymoon, pair it with a worn-in tee, some slip-on Vans and head on over to your first brunch as married sweeties! Have a bloody or two for me!


Design Lovely said...

I do like the more skinny type suits. I found a beige one on J. Crew and now I am wondering if my fiance will wear it. Nice blog!

Andy G said...

I abosolutely love the white suit. When I get married I'll look at this. Great job Amy!

Tuxedo said...

I like your wedding suit.skinny type much better