A guide for well-dressed grooms

Andrew Moore is managing director of Andrew McDowall, gentleman’s tailors and outfitters in Chichester. Andrew has been dressing grooms and wedding parties for many years, including made to measure suits, wedding suits to hire or buy, and all the accessories for your big day. This is Andrew’s advice on how to dress well for your wedding:
Schedule your fittings at least four to six months in advance. That way you can ensure all the groomsmen are measured up in good time, and you’ll have the widest choice, especially if hiring your wedding suits.

When choosing an outfit, opt for a style you can look and feel comfortable in, rather than making a big statement. It’s not just about looking good – it’s your special day so you should feel good too! Unless you’re adventurous or going for a quirky wedding, choose classic colours that are slimming and photograph well, such as black, royal blue, grey, and navy.

To help the groom stand out, the colour and style of suit can be changed, or you can ring the changes with a different waistcoat, tie or cravat and pocket handkerchief. Alternatively, choose a different colour or style of buttonhole flower. At Andrew McDowall, grooms have the option of buying their wedding suit to keep, while hiring matching suits for the rest of the party.

Pick seasonal fabrics and avoid heavy fabrics if it’s likely to be a hot day. Have the same fabric and shade for the whole party of groomsmen. It might be an option to choose a classic cut for the fathers of the bride and groom, and a slim fit for others, but be careful to keep the look cohesive.

On the subject of a cohesive look, choose outfits that complement the bride and bridesmaids. We’ve made cravats to match the bridesmaid’s dress fabric. You don’t have to do that, just be mindful of having a colour palette that looks good.

If you’re wearing white shirts, make sure they’re all the same, or you might end up with different shades. At Andrew McDowall, we hire out white shirts as part of our wedding hire service, and they are pristine white. If you’re not hiring, choose brand new for the whole group so they’re all the same smart shade of white.
Why not give each groomsman a gift of cufflinks that they can wear to the wedding? It’s a personal touch that they will remember every time they wear the cufflinks.

Andrew McDowall specialises in:

  • Wedding suit hire
  • Classic morning wear
  • Stylish lounge suits
  • Tweed
  • Specially made suits, shirts, waistcoats, ties and cravats.

The company has won awards for customer service and retailing, and prides itself on providing a hassle-free wedding service. To find out more visit Andrew McDowall at 29-30 North Street, Chichester or click here.


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