All Eyes on the Groom’s Wedding Suit

Is the groom’s fashion an afterthought? Should all eyes be on the bride and only the bride? Hmm…

Once upon a time (and if you’re thinking the mid 1600s, you’d be right), if a groom wore tight-fitting breeches and a frock coat, he was good to go. However, fast forward about 150 years and things had changed.

Trends in the early 1800s had the groom dressing just as extravagantly as the bride, wearing silk, velvet and pearls, and sometimes wearing furs, silvers and golds, and even precious gems.

And then Prince Albert married Queen Victoria in 1840.

Just as Queen Victoria’s white wedding dress started a lasting tradition, so did her prince’s attire.

He wore his Field Marshal’s uniform, and this became a tradition that is still followed to this day in royal weddings.

Prince Albert also wore a morning suit that day, with its cut and tails inspired by his Field Marshal uniform. These inspired details also allowed the coat to be suitable for horse riding.

A word about morning suits…

Weddings took place in the, uh, morning, so the groom and his groomsmen wore their usual morning wear. This included a morning coat (single-breasted with one button and peaked lapels), striped trousers, a waistcoat and a tie. The outfit was usually complete with the addition of a top hat and gloves.

The shorter, more practical coat.

The stroller or Stresemann coat (named for Gustav Stresemann who “invented” this shorter jacket without tails) became a popular option for grooms in the 1920s; it was still formal enough to wear, but more practical.

Finally, the tuxedo showed on the scene.

As a British creation, it was first only worn by men who attended men’s clubs. It became very popular very quickly and was THE go-to for men’s formal wear. Different shapes, cuts and colors were incorporated; in the 1940s grooms preferred wide-peaked lapels and in the 1960s, bell-bottomed trousers were all the rage. The double-breasted suit became popular 20 years later, in the 80s.

Choosing a “suitable” outfit that’s tailored to you.

Today, what the groom wears is, frankly, up to the groom.

While the options are endless, many times the style of the suit is determined by the theme of the wedding. Linen shirt and shorts for a beach wedding? Of course. An afternoon wedding in the countryside wearing a tweed blazer paired with grey trousers? Absolutely. And if you’re more the traditional sort, a morning suit is always in fashion.

No matter what you choose, be sure your wedding suit is tailored to your body.

And if you need guidance or a fabulous Bonaire custom suit, a Bonaire style consultant would be happy to help.

Bonaire’s custom fitting and designing sessions start June 21, 2021. Let us know if we can schedule your appointment now. It typically takes about four weeks after you’re measured to get your perfectly fitting, custom-designed wedding suit.