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FAQs and expert advice about men's formal wear

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset 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@yourhampshiredorset.wedding

Top Trends For The Grooms

Top Trends For The Grooms

Q My hubby-to-be wants to wear something that's on-trend. What styles, colours and materials are popular right now?
A Alison Falconer says: I've offered hire wear for weddings and other formal occasions for nearly 20 years. So many things have changed over time, especially since Covid-19. Previously, churches or registry office weddings would be the prominent places to tie the knot, but now beautiful venues are always opening. From small, intimate spaces to manors and grand properties, these buildings leave scope for the imagination.

The individuality of each wedding can lead to some unusual and exciting outfits! Style is the key, whether you're exchanging vows in a barn or a castle – it's all down to cut and the tailoring. The New Cameron Ross Italian style is a perfect example, made of 100 per cent wool and a light feather. The heart of all these suits are the fabrics and finishes.

The classic tails are still trendy for churches and more formal settings as they suit everyone while adding elegance and class to occasions. However, top hats are less popular. Tweed is still very trendy for rustic and rural services; it has undoubtedly had life breathed back into its popularity by Peaky Blinders. Even more popular in the summer, tweed can be worn with a shirt, waistcoat, or braces. Another trend is the striking black tux, especially with the new slimline suit and scoop neck double-breasted waistcoat. The most popular suit is the beautifully crafted blue slim fit. Whether you choose a short jacket or tails, this light and easy-to-wear suit gives a great look to whoever wears it.

Lastly, kilts are not just for the Scots – there are tartans for all! The style looks fabulous and is becoming more popular for weddings, cruises and eveningwear

Alison Falconer, Rag Tags of Blandford

Cutting a dash

Cutting a dash

Q My other half has set his heart on a tweed three-piece suit for our rustic, country wedding in May but I'm worried it might get too hot and uncomfortable. How practical is tweed for the warmer months?  
A Natalie Bird says: Natalie says: The unpredictability of the Great British weather may make you think that it's time to compromise on the vision of a three-piece tweed suit. It may be tempting to abandon the idea for a lighter weight fabric, because you feel it will perform better and be more comfortable in springtime, especially as the weather forecasts start to become more optimistic in May. However, many people mistake the nature of tweed as a thick, weighty winter fabric. The popular myth is that it's only really good for layering an outfit, adding warmth and weight. In fact, as a natural woollen fabric, it's great all year round and is not as heavy as it looks and feels. Tweed earned its legacy as a wardrobe staple because it's versatile and looks smart, even with the jacket off.  What's more, a three-piece tweed suit is made with durability and longevity in mind, so it will wear handsomely on the big day and long after.  

Natalie Bird, Hectors

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