You can listen to some amazing conversations on the Tube in London. In fact, the London edition of Time Out magazine runs a feature called “Overheard in London”. Quotes include “I was so hungry at lunch that I didn’t even take a picture of my salad. I just ate it straight away” and “I love wanking, but there’s an awful lot of paperwork.” On my way back from work today a couple were discussing the things they had seen that day at a wedding fair. The soon to be husband was saying “Why should I spend £1,500 on a wedding cake? I can ask my secretary to make just as good a one, of course I’d pay her.” The stunning weather this week and and the announcement of a family friend’s wedding a couple of days ago reminded me that wedding season has really begun.
Previously, I have discussed women’s wedding fashion etiquette but this time it is the men’s turn. The suit is everything. You need a breathable fabric: if you remove your jacket before the post dinner dancing you will look like a primary school pupil after school, scruffy and unused to dressing properly, your friend’s or in-law’s special day is not the right time to rebel out of uniform. Managing to keep the whole suit ensemble on is a much more sophisticated look. Shiny is just tacky on any occasion. A dark suit paired with a pastel coloured tie and maybe even a pocket square or socks will separate you from office attire. Also, if you are going with a ‘plus one’ then she will appreciate the jacket not clashing with her outfit when she inevitably steals it from you in the evening chill. If you are flying solo, you will need a stylish jacket to offer to a chilly lady…Add a white shirt and black shoes and the outfit is complete.
Alternatively, try tweed for a traditional look. Easy to hide wine and food stains, warm for unwelcome cold ceremonies and a timeless look. You can accessorise a tweed suit with dark accessories like my brother-from-another-mother above or as suggested above, although only wear a white or grey shirt underneath.
On another sophistication note, on a sunny day sunglasses designed for sport are exactly for that, sport and are not wedding appropriate. Instead of looking like a ski instructor opt for some classic aviators, square plastic Rayban styles should be avoided as they are too hipster for this occasion.
Follow these tips and it is only your behaviour which will lower the tone.