Have you got any suggestions for a winter wedding outfit? I’m not part of the wedding party, but I am there for the whole whack. Any particular fabrics, colours or cuts I should consider?
Adam, via contact form
You’re a wise owl to identify fabric as a deciding factor. While linen two-pieces sit pretty in summer, they’ll do little to stave off the freeze come winter. So try heavier wools and tweed, preferably from a British or Italian tailoring brand. Not only are they known for their craftsmanship, but good quality fabric keeps you warmer, and wears better.
Woollen suits also allow for an extra punch in the weave. Monochrome styles might be office-appropriate, but a wedding is one of those rare occasions on which you can take a risk with your tailoring. Countless tweeds offer a colour accent throughout, which lets your look pop in an otherwise miserable month – be it a combination of browns, blues or a single contrast colour.
The contrast note can continue in your separates, too. We’re increasingly seeing designers suggest mix-and-match tailored pieces for a more memorable look – you could try a grey tweed blazer up top and dark trousers below (or vice versa).
As with most suits, fit is everything. Go for a natural shoulder line, narrower waist and tapered trouser leg, which will be flattering on most frames, but don’t be afraid to experiment with off-the-peg pieces to find a look that suits you. Better yet, pop down to your local tailor to get the ultimate in glove-fits – it’s really not as expensive as you’d think.
Throw in a black, camel or grey overcoat that chimes with your colour palette (because no man can face the January freeze uncoated), and finish with a classic tie and pocket square that complement your suit of choice.
— Murray Clark, assistant editor