FLOWER (SUIT) POWER
A floral approach to a formal event
SHIRT ZARA MAN
SHOES ZWEIGUT HAMBURG
It is widely acknowledged that if you’re a woman, and you’re attending a wedding, you don’t wear white. There are few other sartorial rules that can be so taboo to break. From this, you get some pretty loose guidelines for what women can wear at a wedding. Hat? Go for it. Fascinator? Even better! Colours? Why not! However, for men, we don’t have quite the same guidelines. Depending on which region of the world you come from, you can see men who attend weddings in all sorts of suits. From morning suits to three pieces, even smart casual for those who are into relaxed weddings. It all goes – depending on the location and the people. But in the end, it’s riffs on the same theme.
One thing that I ALWAYS see though, is the same 3 colours on repeat for men: blue, grey and black. Somehow these sombre colours have ingrained themselves into some of the most joyous occasions. Some say that us men wear duller colours so our female counterparts can shine. I say, let YOUR light shine. Like a moth to the flame, people will come flocking. And if you’re single- you can cash in on all the lovely attention.
So what colours can you legitimately wear to a wedding? Well, other than the standard 3 colours, why not try to get a feel for the venue and the time. Is the wedding in the summer? Winter? Winter weddings could let you wear nice darker, Christmas-y, colours like maroon and forest green. Summer and springtime call for lighter colours, like camel, lilac etc. One look that really caught my eye was printed wedding ware. I mean, when was the last time you saw a guy wearing a suit with a print? Probably never. But think of the way you will stick in everyone’s memories. The thing is, you can’t use it too often in one season. You don’t want to be a one-trick pony and you definitely don’t want to spend too much dosh on something that you won’t use too often. The answer: ASOS.
ASOS do all sorts of printed suits that cater to all tastes and budgets. One that really stood out to me was the super skinny suit in champagne floral. Obviously, you won’t wear this to a traditional affair, but something a bit more relaxed begs for this type of creativity and fun. I loved the silky fabric, which is great for the summer months, and the colour would fit in at any spring or summer wedding over the next few years. So you can mix and match. I even decided to wear the jacket out, with blue trousers, giving the pieces extra wear.
In the end, trust your gut. What type of statement do you want to make? Always think of what someone’s grandmother would say… then ignore it. Dress how you feel and have fun! Weddings are celebrations. Dress to impress. Just make sure you show up on time.