If your big day is taking place in the chillier months, summery groom staples aren’t going to cut it in a draughty church or wintry outdoor wedding shots.
So, what to wear?
Your wedding’s location and styling themes will influence your outfit – perhaps the flowers for your day will have a wintry theme, or your country manor location is more suited to a heritage look – but there’s still plenty of opportunity to stand out in a look that’s all yours.
As a general rule, dark hues and winter-weight fabrics are made for crisp weather and shorter days, but cooler shades can also look great in winter light so don’t be afraid to step beyond the cold-weather clichés.
Here are four groomswear ideas for stylish wedding suits this winter and next.
Tweed tailoring is a popular choice for grooms, and with good reason. This heritage cloth has a rich but raw quality that’s great for a rustic wedding theme. But today’s tweeds also lend themselves to city celebrations and more minimalist tastes with sharp cuts and contemporary colours.
Spun in heavyweight wool, Donegal suits are made for cold-weather occasions. This Irish tweed is known for its subtle flecked appearance, so will add a little texture to proceedings too. For more texture, try a herringbone-weave tweed. With both visual and tactile interest, it’s a proper departure from any weekday suiting – exactly as your wedding suit should be.
Deep green and chocolate will particularly suit winter wedding days, but light grey is a curveball choice that will look great in icier themes. And if your accessories haven’t been dictated by the wedding theme, a floral tie or pocket square will contrast with your woollen suit nicely.
Pattern has made a bold return to the world of tailoring in recent seasons, and we’re now seeing more grooms squaring up to braver looks on their big days. A classic Prince of Wales or glen check will never date, while graphic-check fabrics are a modern choice that’ll set you apart from your guests.
Tone-on-tone checks in dark blue or navy will always look elegant and form a great base for just about any shade of accessories. For those looking to embrace the spotlight, there’ll be no mistaking you for anything but the man of the moment in vivid blue graphic checks and a vintage-inspired four-button waistcoat.
Alternatively, make grey work even on grey days by choosing a checked suit with rich accent tones, like our grey and burgundy double-breasted version. It’s also made from extra-fine merino wool so will keep you insulated no matter how long you have to pose in the cold for photos.
If you’ve planned a big day that’s going to take place in the depths of winter, you need a cloth that can stand up to the cold. Enter: flannel.
Usually spun from insulating wool, flannel has a brushed finish that traps warm air, making it an extra warm choice. It was originally worn by Industrial Revolution railway workers, so if it can keep them warm, you can rely on it to keep the cold out at your wedding – and you can get on with warming everyone’s hearts with your vows instead.
Today, it’s less workman and more refined with a super-soft handle and saturated colours like chocolate and teal in a modern, matte finish. Wear yours as a three-piece with well-polished lace-up shoes.
Seeing as it’s going to get dark at 4 pm, winter’s as good an opportunity as any to lean into the all-out evening glamour of a black-tie wedding. After all, if you can’t dress to the nines on your wedding day, when can you?
You’ve got a few options here. You can go for the enduring classic of a sleek wool tuxedo and add all the traditional trimmings like a white dress shirt and properly tied bow tie. Or try one in an inky navy shade as a subtle but effective way to differentiate yourself from your guests.
But, really, nothing suits a winter celebration like a velvet dress jacket. Choose one in a deep hue like midnight blue or burgundy and set off its beautiful lustre with a vintage-inspired floppy silk bow tie.