Section: Formalwear and Accessories - Blog
Getting ready for the big day with your partner-to-be can only be described as organized pandemonium. Between cake tasting, venue hopping, and the million and one other things that need seeing to, it’s tough finding some time to think about yourself. So it comes as no surprise that many of us men set aside fancy notions of patterned suspenders and oxblood brogues as we sit through yet another meeting with the wedding planner. And that’s why we’ve put together this list of accessories that will add more than a touch of personality to your custom tailored wedding suit.
Absolutely essential unless you’re getting hitched on the beach (and even then we still think you should have a pair), the dress shoe can make or break a suit. Too light or dark in colour can make them the focal point of your outfit which is not good. And remember that the black suit, black shoe rule doesn’t always apply. Take a look at our post on how to colour match your shoes to your suit for an in-depth guide on choosing the right hues.
Brides have the right idea when they bring along a small shoe collection to their nuptials, and it’s about time guys got in on the act. The fact is that those wingtips might not be as comfy after four hours of presenting your best smile for the obligatory photo ops. And this is when a comfortable pair of broken in shoes will save your feet from blisters and bunions. Make sure though that you have a pair that works well with your suit; you still want to look your best after all.
Has there ever been a man that got married and didn’t present his groomsmen with a pair of cufflinks each? They add the most perfect of flourishes to non-descript dress shirts, and we love them. Now we have warned you before to stay away from novelty cufflinks, but subtle symbols or shapes are perfect for making you feel like yourself, especially if you don’t wear suits so often.
Some men like ties, some like cravats, but we suggest that you drop your usual modus operandi for tie selection and think outside the box.
We have previously written at length on how to choose the right dress socks so we’ll just summarize with these few points.
A new belt is a must and leather is the only option you should be considering. Whether it’s brown or black depends on your choice of suit and shoes. Some like to match the shoes to the belt while others prefer something plain and black. The safe bet is to choose dark brown or black with a smallish buckle in brass or silver. And yes, that means you need to leave the Bat Belt at home.
Remember too that a belt is worn as an accessory and not a necessity. So if you need it to hold your pants up, then it’s time for a chat with your tailor.
If you think that braces are only for bankers, clowns, and your dear old Uncle Charlie, then think again. A set of braces can do wonders for a look whether it’s an ultra-formal or a smart casual wedding. These can liven up any look and will look great once your jacket is off. But keep in mind that it’s not only the colour that is important, but the width is too. Keep ultra slim for skinny ties and wider suspenders for, yes you guessed it, wider ties.
This is a simple finishing touch that many completely forget about. The tie bar is another way to bring a bit of sparkle or bling into your look. You can’t really go wrong with this unless you’re into rhinestones in which case we’ll remind you about the subtlety is everything approach.
This is without doubt one of our favourite accessories, and we’ve yet to understand why people still ask what’s the big deal about pocket squares? It’s a look defining touch that you can go pretty crazy with and still get away with it. Try to match the colour with another element of your ensemble but never match it with your tie. A colour in your tie, yes. As part of a tie/square combo, never.
Time for another backup and, this time, it’s for when your mum inevitably sheds a tear or two at the prospect of becoming a mother-in-law. Keep that pocket square where it belongs and pull out your plain white substitute from your inside pocket.
Black leather strap or gold band, this is a purely personal choice, but we have a few favourites that we listed here. You may notice with some dismay that your trusty old Casio doesn’t make our list, and that’s because it’s not a dress watch. Anything plastic or with a rugged exterior shouldn’t be anywhere near your wrist.
This might seem a bit out there, but on what other occasion would you be able to use a silver plated money clip without looking like a show off? This is your time so milk it for all it’s worth. You might even consider having it engraved too.
We all need to wear one but does it have to be the same old same old? If when you visit the florist next, ask to have your boutonnière made using one of the flowers from the bridal bouquet. Not only will it look good on the day but you’ll score a few points for showing your sensitive side and actually paying attention when the florist speaks.
We were going to add a pocket knife to the list in case the horse drawing the bridal carriage throws a shoe, but we imagine the driver has that covered.
So if your nuptials are in the planning stages, and you’ve yet to decide on a suit, then please drop by the showroom where our team will gladly show you some of our wedding day creations.
Montagio did a great job on wedding suits for me and my two groomsmen. Bally provided us with fantastic service and the result was definitely superior to an off-the-rack option... more »
I have bought a total of 11 pieces custom made so far - quality and attention to detail is spectacular, material choice is broad and the input customers have in creating the exact look they want is a great experience... more »
I went back for another suit, a few shirts and some ties. Outstanding! I had so many complements on my new suit yesterday! more »