Double-breasted, tailcoats…where to start? Luckily, we’re here to help
Every groom wants to look their best on their wedding day. You’re the man of the moment, after all, so – alongside your beautiful new wife or dashing new husband – all eyes are on you! Naturally, you’ll want to make sure you’ve chosen the suit that right for you.
As well as selecting a style that suits you, you’ll want to ensure that you feel comfortable and at ease. You want to enjoy the day and feel relaxed, not find that you’re restricted by an ill-fitting suit jacket or feeling uncomfortable in a three-piece that just doesn’t feel right for you.
We know suit jacket styles can be pretty confusing, especially if you don’t usually wear one. Don’t worry: WeddingHour’s Top Tips this Tuesday are all about guiding you through the jargon to help you pick the suit jacket style that’s right for you:
Probably the style with which you’ll be most familiar, single-breasted jackets, like the one shown below, have a narrow overlap with one column of buttons. Standard, but you can’t go wrong in terms of suitability: they’re ideal for almost every suited occasion, from weddings to the workplace.
Though they suit most shapes and sizes, single-breasted jackets are ideal for shorter men, as they help to elongate the torso.
This type of suit jacket has overlapping front sections with two columns of buttons running parallel to one another. A jacket for a little more of a stylish statement, typically only one column of buttons is actually functional: the other is decorative.
Double buttons can be more restrictive so, when you’re trying on the jacket, slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned up suit-jacket. If there’s a little room to move your hand around, you should have enough space to allow for a smart, neat fit that’s not overly snug and restrictive.
Also known as tuxedo jacket – or tux – this is a formal style of evening suit jacket, with silk or satin lapels and pocket flaps. If you’re having a Black Tie themed wedding, this could be the perfect option for you – especially as they’re traditionally worn with a bow tie.
Dinner jackets also typically have narrower lapels, which is currently a bit of favourite with stylish grooms. If style and trends drive your choice, you may want to bear that in mind!
You may have also heard these referenced as morning suits, and they remain one of the most popular choices for grooms on their wedding day. Unsure how long the tailcoat should be? Ideally, the back should finish in line with your knees.
They can be the perfect choice for larger gents, as the tailcoats’ shape means they can be more forgiving that a tighter-buttoned suit jacket. However, they can be an uncomfortable style to wear if formality isn’t for you. If you’re a shorter man, it may also be worth avoiding as a tailcoat can risk swamping a smaller shape.
What style of suit jacket did you choose for your wedding day? Do you have any suit selection tips for our grooms-to-be? Let us know here at WeddingHour: we’d love to share your tips. Drop us a line: [email protected].