Wedding suits – complementing your partner’s outfit

03 November 2017
Wedding suits – complementing your partner’s outfit
Your wedding day should be one of those occasions in your life that is as perfect as you’ve always imagined it would be. With preparations under way, chances are you’ve got your hands full (or at least your partner has) in making sure everything is right for the day – and this includes your suit. Ensuring your suit is picture perfect on your wedding comes down to a number of factors, each of which we’ve looked at below.

Before we start we should mention that at Hemingway we cater for both men and women’s wedding suits which has seen us create suits for grooms, brides and in some cases, both partners - allowing us to experience and overcome a wide range of hurdles, all which have helped us write this blog.

Who’s wearing the suit?

You’ll first need to establish who is wearing the suit, will it be one of you or both? While this is something that applies more to same sex couples, some women in straight marriages have also ditched the traditional white dress for a sharp suit. Why is this important? Well the manner in which you go about complementing your suit with a dress will be completely different to how you’ll approach complementing another suit.

Complementing your partner’s outfit

If your partner is going for a traditional white dress then you’ve got pretty much open reign on what you can wear. Just keep in mind the colours and theme of the wedding and attempt to incorporate these subtly into your look. If your partner decides to go with a dress which is just off white, for example a pastel shade of pink then you can simply use accessories such as your tie or pocket square to complement her dress.

Now if there isn’t going to be a dress in sight then you’ll need to consider how you go about complementing each other’s suits as opposed to clashing. One solution for a bride and groom in suits is the groom wears a traditionally dark suit while the bride wears a white one. This is also a look that 2 female partners can opt for, with the beauty of the combination stemming from the fact it maintains the “bride dressed in white” look which is commonly associated with weddings, albeit with a modern twist with the help of the suit.

If you and your partner are planning on steering clear of the traditional wedding look then you can still tastefully complement one another’s looks. A favourite amongst some couples is to have one partner in a blazer and trousers while the other opts for a waistcoat and trousers. This allows you to wear similar suits without the fear of clashing. Alternatively, if you both want to wear the same suits then don’t opt for anything that’s too bold. Doing so could create an eye sore, given the fact that you and your partner will both be wearing it. Keep the suit itself minimal yet elegant and if you feel the need add a little character then do so with your accessories.

Final words

If both of you are wearing a suit then we’d certainly recommend you get them tailored from the same place. The last thing you want is to outshine your partner with a perfectly fitted suit while the ill-fitting nature of theirs makes them stand out for all of the wrong reasons.

Be sure to also plan ahead and leave yourself plenty of time to make all of the necessary alterations, however try doing so while knowing how you want your venue to look on the day as this could impact your look. It's worth noting that bespoke suits can be made exactly how you want them, allowing you to make sure each nuance of detail is to your exact taste, from the buttons through to the stitching.

Abbas Mahmood
Abbas Mahmood
As a lifelong purveyor of fashion, Abbas has been writing for Hemingway Tailors for 2 years, keeping readers up to date with style trends and delivering a regular insight into the world of tailoring.
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