FAQs and expert advice about men's formal wear

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Bristol and Somerset Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourbristolsomerset.wedding


Making the cut

Making the cut

Q. What menswear trends should we look out for to make sure we're looking suave?

A. Andrew Webber says: The big trend we noticed on the runways was checks. They are the way to go if you're not afraid to make a statement, with a huge array of colours, scales and textures to choose from. Our advice is to keep it tonal and tailor-fitted – this avoids you being drowned by an excess of detailed fabric. If a full check suit is too bold for your taste, consider a contrasting check waistcoat to complement your block-coloured suit. Once you have your suit sorted, the next step is to think about your neckwear. We love the increasingly popular floral-patterned tie or bow tie. This has been a welcome addition to the menswear industry, pushing the rules set by previous generations. Our guidance would be to avoid mixing too many bold and bright patterns – unless you choose an eclectic look.

Andrew Webber, Clifton Suits




Q. What are the latest menswear trends to get my husband-to-be looking sharp?

A. William Wolstenholme says: We will see huge changes in groomswear for 2020, to ensure your hubby-to-be is looking his best, don't be afraid to push the boat out a little. Check suits have sprung to the forefront this season, with anything from large windowpane to small pin checks giving a clean, contemporary look. This works particularly well with our mix-and-match range; effortlessly stylish pops of colour from a contrasting waistcoat creates a cohesive outfit. It's also great to ensure your husband is identifiable while coordinating with the groomsmen.

Of course, the biggest question is what colour to pick? Throughout this season we've seen bright blues and silky greys working wonderfully together for the main outfit, while pinks, pastels and nudes serve as an excellent partnership for accessories. For the autumnwinter season, black, navy and burgundy houndstooth dinner suits are all the rage.

Tweed remains a timeless option for autumnal weddings. However, when shopping for tweed, make sure you're buying 100% wool for the best seasonal look. This will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer and will last far longer than mixed polyester versions.

William Wolstenholme, Haig-Harrison's Men's Hire & Tailoring


Fix up, look sharp

Fix up, look sharp

Q. My husband-to-be is very fashion conscious. What new trends and styles will get him looking sharp?

A. Charlotte Jackson says: The brilliant Peaky Blinders is still a huge menswear influence for 2020. Think tweeds, checks and mix-and-match waistcoats. For a classic option, try opting for traditional tweed base colour in brown, green or navy or make it playful in a brightly coloured overcheck. A contrast-colour waistcoat underneath finishes the look and provides a change of pace for the evening reception. This look is perfect for the whole party as multiple shades give flexibility when choosing styles to appeal to everyone. We offer a variety of suits in slim, regular and tailored fits so the whole party looks and feels great. Accessories are coming to the forefront of groom's dressing from the classic tie, cravat or pocket square to the bolder pocket watch, tie pin and baker-boy cap. All these will add that Thomas Shelby vibe.

Charlotte Jackson

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