Suited & Booted: Groomsmen Outfit Solutions & Occasion Wear Styling Guide for Men
Weddings are some of the happiest days of our lives, so it’s understandable that often a hefty price tag can come with our wedding ensembles – but lucky for you, we’re on hand to help. Whether you’re a wedding guest or a proud member of the groomsmen, discover our top tips for men’s tailoring within our latest styling guide.
For the grooms, exploring high-street solutions for groomsmen outfits can avoid add-on costs that are often encountered with professional tailoring and groomsmen specialists. The best part is, you can solve all of your tailoring needs with seamstresses and adjustments at a fraction of the cost – meaning a bigger bar tab on your special day!
3 Tips for Choosing High Street Occasion Wear
Explore our top tips on choosing a suit to wear for an occasion, building a suit from top to bottom and the do’s and don’ts of how and when to wear them.
1. I don’t want to go for a full 3-piece suit, how do I make this more casual?
DO: Opt for a pair of jeans instead of a matching suit trouser if you’re planning on making the outfit more casual. Try a darker suit jacket with a pattern or texture and ensure your jeans are smart. White jeans also work well with lighter blue blazers. We also suggest opting for a funkier style of button-down shirt to make the ensemble more playful. This means you can skip the waistcoat all together.
DON’T: Wear a t-shirt under your blazer. Unless otherwise stated, weddings require a more formal approach to styling, so that should be respected. Try to avoid jeans or trainers unless they’re clean and smart enough to work well with your blazer.
2. I don’t know whether to dress up or down – what do I do?
If you’re unsure of the dress code for a wedding, the chances are there isn’t a strict dress code. In any case, we recommend going traditional with a 3-piece suit – but with a twist. Try checks and lighter colours with your suit or add a floral shirt.
Another option would be to experiment with waistcoats. A contrasting waistcoat can add instant dimension to your ensemble, showing you’ve carefully thought through your outfit. Be sure to pair this with a smart plain shirt and tie. If you’d like to add a twist, try one of our double collar shirts!
3. How would high street shopping for my groomsmen work?
DO: Ensure you have the measurements for your groomsmen before you set out shopping the high street. If you find something appropriate, check to see if they have a multi-buy offer (because it can’t hurt to ask!) and then look for someone who can tailor all these suits at a later date. Better still, bring the groomsmen with you and have a pint or two afterwards!
DON’T: Guess your groomsmen’s sizes. Anything that’s too big or small may pose the risk of the shop running out of the correct sizes before the big day. Simple accessories such as ties and pocket squares can be purchased afterwards, so try to focus on the main suit for now.
Our Top 5 Choices for Men’s Tailoring
Discover our favourite occasion wear for any event and explore our men’s tailoring to find something dapper and full of personality for an upcoming wedding, whether you’re at the pews or at the altar.
1. Classic and Charismatic in Checks
One of our favourite men’s occasion looks this season is the Sensational Check Blazer, waistcoat and trousers. Based on a best-selling texture in a brand-new colourway, we’ve even introduced a matching double-collar shirt for an expertly styled outfit. When paired together, this outfit is charismatic for a cool and collected style that you’ll love to wear.
2. Sophisticated Stripes with a Twist
Our Standout Stripe Blazer is our take on a classic boating blazer. Note how the bold stripes in tan complement the navy colour – making it the perfect partner to our Serious Style Waistcoat. With this amount of sophistication on top, you’re able to pair some cream jeans or linen trousers to offset the entire ensemble that gives a masterfully curated look that’s sure to turn heads.
3. Seriously Cool Sunset Tones
If you’re not afraid of a bit of colour, our Sunset Blazer could be your answer. This premium blazer’s colour adds the point of difference to this outfit, and allows you to dress it up with a contrasting neutral-toned waistcoat or keep it simple with a funky shirt. Our super smart floral shirt was designed to match this blazer, so why not let Joe Browns be your one-stop shop?
4. Drop Dead Dapper in Classic Stripes
If you want to play it safe and sophisticated, check out the Deadly Dapper Blazer that has a matching waistcoat and trousers. There’s no shame in playing it safe, as this suit is a real investment piece that you can wear to all of your summer occasions. Joe recommends a plain white shirt with this piece to really help this classic outfit pop.
5. Feeling Great in Green
If our sunset blazer isn’t your style, consider our Sensational Summer Blazer in a gorgeous shade of green. Pairing this with our double-collar shirt to match and let your outfit do all the talking. You can even opt for a funky check waistcoat, or keep it simple with a neutral-toned waistcoat. If you want a more casual vibe, this blazer is a great one to pair with your favourite smart blue jeans for unstoppable style!
Has anything caught your eye? After reading, we hope you’ve found all the inspiration you need to feel confident and charismatic. There’s nothing like donning a suit to feel the most remarkable version of yourself, so we hope we’ve given you some food for thought.
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