Wedding Attire Suggestions

Discussion in 'Andy's Trad Forum' started by zsmith95, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. zsmith95

    zsmith95 Starting Member

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    Hello all,

    I will be getting married this July and wanted a few suggestions on a couple elements of my outfit. First of all, the wedding will be fairly informal. Having a black tie wedding in rural Florida would be a sartorial disaster waiting to happen for the majority of our guests.

    That said, I am having a suit made through the Southwick factory store for a great price. Base fabrics start at $450 (edit: $495) for half canvas and $50 upcharge for full canvas. I just received some swatches, and most (if not all) appear to be VBC 110s-120s fabrics (not that I give two hoots about "super numbers"). I'm leaning towards a dark-ish medium grey, but something short of a charcoal. The Cambridge model in 43L looks like it should fit almost perfectly from the size charts, and it will get me all the nice Ivy details.

    Shoes are settled, I picked up some black Allen Edmonds Exchange Place cap toes for $130 during a recent sale.

    The shirt is the main place I would like some suggestions. While I would love to wear an OCBD, I'm not sure I want to go that casual, but if there were precedent for it I wouldn't be entirely opposed. I also thought perhaps a button down in a more formal cloth like a pinpoint or sturdy twill. But even then some people frown of a button down collar in such a situation. I'm not a fan of point collars very much, but kind of like the idea of an unfused buttonless button down like what Mercer or Michael Spencer offer. Spread collars aren't really my thing, but a moderate unfused spread collar might not be bad.

    For the tie I would like a traditional wedding tie, possibly from Kent Wang or Sam Hober, but I'm open to suggestions on other choices here as well.

    Let me know your thoughts
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2019
  2. Andy

    Andy Site Creator/Administrator Staff Member

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    zsmith95:

    Much depends on the time of day for the wedding. Traditional button-down collars are not worn after 6 PM (too casual).

    The S number of fabric is important as a indicator of durability. S100 would be more durable that S500.

    You'll get some good advice here and this might be very helpful:

    The Ask Andy Wedding Guide for Men
     
  3. TKI67

    TKI67 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    Austin
    My daughter and son in law were married in a rural setting in Texas. The men wore medium grey suits, black boots, white shirts, and red VV bow ties. They look sharp, but it was a challenge helping several slightly inebriated groomsmen face that as the moment they would learn how to tie bow ties. Telling them “Don’t look. Just tie a bow as if you were tying your shoes” wasn’t enough (although that’s how my father taught me, but I was sober).
     
  4. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast Connoisseur

    United States
    New York
    NY
    First and most importantly, congratulations on your wedding. I'm sure you'll have a great day.

    As to a shirt, if you want to do something traditional but more dressy than an OCBD (or button-down shirt in general), you could consider a tab collar. It's not a point collar and, IMO, gives a very neat, polished and classic look as seen here on Jimmy Stewart:
    bell-44-2.jpg

    If you are interested in going that route, Kamakura Shirts offers a reasonably priced one - it also has a MTM program. I haven't tried its MTM service, but have had great experience with its OTR shirts (and the store's service).

    Here's a link to a Kamakura OTR tab-collar shirt:
    https://kamakurashirts.com/products/lhbn0110

    Here's a link to its MTM program (scroll down to see collar options):
    https://kamakurashirts.com/pages/made_to_measure?header_category=
     
  5. zsmith95

    zsmith95 Starting Member

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    United States
    FL
    Mayo
    I'm not opposed to the tab collar, but I fear I would get weird looks for it in this area. It would probably be perceived as more dandy-ish than I would like. But, on the topic of Kamakura, do you happen to know how heavily lined their non-button down collars are?
     
  6. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast Connoisseur

    United States
    New York
    NY
    It's a shame as I think a tab would look nice, but you know the ethos of your region.

    Re Kamakura, I do not as I only its OCBDs. That said, the in-store service was far superior than most stores, so maybe if you called, they'd be helpful.
     
  7. FLMike

    FLMike Connoisseur

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    FL
    West Coast
    What is a buttonless button down? Doesn’t seem possible to be both. :icon_scratch:
     
  8. zsmith95

    zsmith95 Starting Member

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    FL
    Mayo
    Its just their standard button down collar sans the buttons and buttonholes
     
  9. FLMike

    FLMike Connoisseur

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    FL
    West Coast
    Interesting. Wasn’t aware such an animal existed.
     
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  10. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    It’s a zen Koan, like the sound of one hand clapping.
     

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