FAQs and expert advice about men's formal wear

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourlondon.wedding


Looking dapper

Looking dapper

Q. I want to look suave and wear something eye-catching for my big day. What menswear trends should I look out for?

A. Matthew Deboise says: One of the looks we've created many times is a cream or ivory dinner jacket with a shawl lapel, paired with black trousers. This originated while throwing around some ideas with Glenn O'Brien of American GQ. He loved the film Casablanca and the classic style of Humphrey Bogart, who wore the same style of dinner jacket. We made the jacket for Glenn, which featured in the magazine. This look is perfect for those who are wanting more formal attire for their big day, but don't want to go down the usual black-tie route with a traditional black dinner suit. The colour makes it perfect for summer, lawn-style weddings and gives you the flexibility of using the outfit for years to come at celebrations and cocktail parties where you want to stand out from the crowd.

Matthew Deboise,Steed Bespoke Tailors


What lies beneath?

What lies beneath?

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.

Meet the experts: Director of kilt hire service Eight Yards, what Paul Swadzba doesn't know about kilts isn't worth knowing.

Paul Swadzba

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