Daniel Johnson is a personal stylist and expert on British tailoring and its history. Back in January 2016, Daniel appeared on BBC2's Millionaires Gift Guide as a supplier of bespoke luxury to wearers of exclusive fabrics. Starting his journey on Savile Row, he now stands alongside the likes of David Gandy as an ambassador for a true 'Made in Great Britain' brands, which include Ross Barr – one of those featured in the British Wool Collective at Bicester Village last year. In our new two part wedding edit for men, Daniel offers his advice on men’s suiting for every kind of wedding.
Let’s get the golden rules out of the way;
1. Never ever, ever outshine the bride.
2. Get your suit tailored to fit beautifully.
3. Do not leave buying your suit until the last minute.
First and foremost to consider is the setting of the wedding. This should be the thing that you think about before picking the suit you’ll get married in. Why? Because the setting, the venue and the formality of the event will directly influence the suit that you should wear.
What to wear: Morning suit
Where to buy: Savoy Taylors Guild or Hackett
What to think about: Is it summer or winter? Will you need another outfit for the evening? (consider a tuxedo or lounge suit)
Setting: Church/hotel/registry office.
What to wear: Woollen lounge suit – two- or three-piece or a tuxedo.
Where to buy: Hackett, Paul Smith, dunhill or Reiss
What to think about: First of all the weather, what time of year is it? Winter – three-piece suit. Summer – two-piece suit in linen or wool mix. The colour – don’t be afraid to break away from a typical suit by choosing separates of a blazer and trousers.
Setting: Church/hotel/country house
What to wear: Lounge suit – two- or three-piece
Where to buy: Paul Smith or Ted Baker
What to think about: Fabric choice is crucial – a light tweed? Or earthy shades in wool? This is perhaps about the only time you can acceptably wear brown shoes.
Setting: On the sand
What to wear: Linen two-piece suit, or trousers and shirt.
Where to buy: dunhill or Paul Smith
What to think about: Colour, I’d advise pastels. A bright blue might mean you blend in with the sea on the photographs, avoid all white unless the dress code requests. Also, wear shoes; if acceptable, woven loafers will do the trick.