Calling all grooms, ushers, best men and masters of ceremony. If you’re getting married, or helping out at a wedding this year, there’s only one way to do it, and that’s in tweed.
What better way to get the most out of a new suit bought especially for the upcoming nuptials than to go for something effortlessly stylish and eminently wearable? Tweed is a fabric that suits a wide variety of occasions, and only gets better with age. Here’s what to look for in a tweed wedding suit.
What better way to show you’re in it for the long haul than to wear a tweed suit that oozes timelessness? A tweed suit is all about heritage and, like your marriage, it’s designed to be long lasting, comfortable and forgiving.
Because tweed is made predominantly from wool, it’s warm, hard wearing and tactile. Interviewed for the Financial Times, Patrick Grant of tailor E Tautz, says: “The blend of colour in woollen yarns give tweed a depth and a life that worsted cloths find difficult to match. It has a texture and a response to the tailors’ needle that lighter cloths just don’t have.”
Take the classic look all the way by opting for a tweed three piece – the full suited and booted effect gives your wedding attire a lift that puts it way above your usual workwear. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for traditional rustic colours for jacket and trousers with a tweed waistcoat in a bold contrasting colour.
Fans of the hit TV show, Peaky Blinders will also love the tweed three piece for its potential to display a period pocket watch, a wonderful wedding accessory with the added bonus that it’s guaranteed to get you to the church on time. If Tommy Shelby’s your man, you’ll be looking for a single chain and fob – a “single Albert”. Fans of toughnut, Arthur, will want to ape his double chain look with a “double Albert”.
With its orb and cross label, true Harris Tweed comes only from the Outer Hebrides, and is renowned for its rather prickly stiffness and high price tag. Of course a premium cloth like this wears beautifully, becoming softer and more comfortable as it ages. If you don’t have time to wear in your tweed suit before saying “I do”, consider going for a suit made from one of the lighter fabrics which are currently on trend.
There are still plenty of woollen mills in the UK whose products offer a link to our industrial past, while producing stunning modern lightweight tweeds.
The great thing about tweed is that it gives you footwear options you wouldn’t have with more formal wedding suit combinations. Oxfords and Derbys both look great with tweed, and you needn’t wear black shoes if you don’t want to – brown or even wine also look good. Our top choice is a pair of brogues. The footwear of scottish gamekeepers since time immemorial, they’re very much the traditional pairing.
The original tweeds were dyed using only the colours provided by nature – hues manufactured by brewing mosses, berries and bark. The heathers, muted greens, and soft browns that resulted are still great colour options, but modern dyes provide a wider palette to choose from.
Flinty blues and soft greys are just two of the myriad colour options available to the discerning groom. Also perfect for parties, meals out and trips to the theatre, these are great colours for anyone who wants to wear their wedding outfit for smart casual social events, far into their happily married future.
And don’t forget to incorporate your tie into the colour mix. Tweed really suits textured neckwear – country ties – in a block colour look great.
Mix and match
If formality isn’t really your thing, going for tweed separates will give your special day a casual vibe that still ticks all the boxes for smartness, especially if you go for a tweed jacket with matching waistcoat worn over contrasting trousers.
Summer wedding? A lightweight wool linen mix tweed in a soft colour like grey, or moss twinned with chinos and brown brogues will win the mother-in-law’s approval. For winter ceremonies, go for darker shades, and wear a contrasting country waistcoat in brick, navy or wine.
And don’t forget, mixing and matching applies to whole outfits. The glory of tweed is that its tones suit individuality; if you wish, everyone on the male side of the equation can choose their own tweed, and despite the varying tones and cuts, you’ll all still match in a triumph of versatility over conformity.