Alternative wedding suits for men

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Alternative wedding suits for men
Male wedding guests are rarely required to wear a tailcoat. (Elegant tailcoat hanging image by Angel_a from

The days are long gone when a groom's attire options were restricted to the uninspiring choice of either morning or evening wear. With weddings being held in increasingly unusual places, modern grooms are consequently able to dress accordingly. That doesn't mean, however, that grooms can just wear anything. The bride will inevitably put a lot of time and effort into choosing a dress, and the groom should aim to match her stylistically and thematically. By extension, the male guests should take their stylistic cues from the groom.

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Every decade has its own style of suit. Some, such as the drastically flared jackets and trousers of the 70s, will make guests immediately obvious, and may be out of place unless the wedding is specifically themed. Males with a trim figure can try a slim-fitting 60s Modernist (mod) suit. Those carrying a few extra pounds should try suits from the 20s and 30s, which are a little more forgiving.


Military-style suits provide a smart alternative to more traditional outfits. Military dress jackets are formal but have enough detail on them to make them interesting and eye-catching. Wear relatively plain trousers to balance the look. Military dress jackets can be found in a number of vintage shops, in varying states of disrepair. Older jackets are generally more extravagant but may need work on them before they can be worn. Try to avoid buying online as the sizing can be difficult.


While suits are traditionally associated with formality, there's no reason that a suit needs to be stuffy. Linen suits are a light alternative and a safe bet for summer weddings in non-church settings such as the beach. Also consider a blazer finished with a boater and suit trousers for riverside or lakeside occasions. In general, male guests at a summer wedding should opt for a two-piece suit in a light color.


Traditionally restricted to highland weddings, the Scottish version of the suit has since become fashionable for grooms and their male guests with even a smattering of Celtic blood in them. According to, kilts are a surprisingly popular choice for Japanese grooms. The formal Prince Charlie jacket is cropped and designed to be worn with a waistcoat and a kilt. Most kilt-wearing grooms accessorize with a sporran -- a small, decorative leather purse that hangs at the front. Argyll jackets are a less formal option than the Prince Charlie. It main features are the upturned cuffs, square silver buttons and lapels that end at the mid-rift, then slope away outwards.

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