Expert advice about men's formal wear

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Q. My hubby-to-be's family is Scottish and we'd love to honour their heritage on our big day. However, I'm afraid neither of us are overly familiar with the custom surrounding wearing a kilt – can we choose any colourway? Are there any other considerations to take into account?

A. Paul Swadzba says: Paul says: Most specialist kilt stores should have a comprehensive range of hire tartans and accessories that cover the most up-to-date wedding colours. Even if you do opt for a specific tartan, you can always play around with the jacket style and colourway. Choose from the traditional Prince Charlie or Argyle or a more contemporary shape, both will be available in a range of shades from plain black, grey and navy to the new tweeds for a less formal look. You can personalise the look further with special accessories, such as your own style and colour of socks, shirt, tie and kilt pin.

Most stores will be able to make a kilt in most clan tartans – even better, some offer a 'hire before you buy' option, so you, the client, will get to wear the clan tartan or the tartan choice and colour for the special day, with an option to buy after the event.

I'd always advise visiting a couple of stores to browse their range, pick the brains of the friendly and knowledgeable staff and try a few things on.

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