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Men's Winter Wedding Attire | How To Dress For A Winter Wedding

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In this detailed guide, we discuss men’s winter wedding attire. Given the large range of options available, we break down this guide into formal wear (morning dress & black tie) and informal wear (suits during the day and evening attire suits). We also break down how to dress up as a best man, groomsman, father of the bride / groom and as wedding guests!

So the time has come. The big day is around the corner, without nothing to fret about. Your winter wedding is approaching faster than a snow storm slamming into Long Island in the dead of winter.  Your venue has been selected. Decorations have been planned. The menu has been set. Heck, you’ve even chosen your favorite DJ and provided him with your best rendition of a 90’s compilation (Ice Ice Baby anyone?). What else could possibly throw you off.

You suddenly realize that something is missing. Slight concern morphs into a very visceral sense of trepidation. You have absolutely no idea what you are going to wear, and neither do your groomsmen. All of which adds up to a really upset bride. The last thing you want – on her special day.

While most of us would love to strut through our weddings resembling DiCaprio from the revenant, fur coat in tow, dressing dapper on the big day is of paramount importance. With that said, here is our detailed guide to men’s winter wedding attire.

For the purpose of this guide, we will delineate winter weddings into ‘formal’ and ‘semi-formal’. Formal attire typically constitutes black (evening) / white tie (morning), where as semi-formal, sometimes referred to as ‘informal’ (love that connotation!) weddings comprise of a dress code requiring a suit.

Formal Winter Day Time Wedding – Morning Dress

Men's Winter Wedding

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Formal weddings during the day, typically require morning dress, which consists of a long tail morning coat, its key discerning component, along with a waistcoat and formal trousers. While this is not as commonplace in the U.S, it is strictly adhered to in the UK. Morning Dress / Winter Wedding Attire typically consists of the following:

  • Morning Coat in Black or Grey
  • Striped Black or Solid Grey Trousers
  • White or light blue French cuff shirts
  • Waistcoat
  • Silk Necktie
  • Well polished black shoes (not classic pump shoes used for evening tuxedo wear).

Formal Winter Wedding

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Alternatively known as ‘formal day dress’, morning coat attire is your day time equivalent of white tie (hence, the most formal dress option available to for events taking place prior to sunset). Please note that this should not be confused with its less formal counterpart, ‘the morning suit’ or ‘morning grey’, which consists of the morning coat, waistcoat and trousers all being of the same color and material, often grey.

This relatively less formal version of morning dress is often worn to more festive occasions, such as summer weddings or horse races.

Given the formal nature of morning dress, it is a dress code that is considered exclusive, and as such, is restricted to certain weddings, governmental or social events. It may also sometimes be worn at church services or gentleman’s clubs.

The term ‘morning dress’ originated from the practice of gentleman in the nineteenth century  riding horses in the morning with a cutaway front, single breasted morning coat.

Morning Coat

 Men's Morning Coat

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The key ingredient with morning dress attire is (gasp!), the morning coat. This bears resemblance to a white tie tailcoat, in that it has sloping front panels and finishes with tails in the back. The modern morning coat comprises of a single breasted, single buttoned jacket and peak lapels, curving back into tails. Traditionally, a black or grey matte morning coat is worn, with navy having become a more prevalent choice in recent times.

The morning coat is recognized for its body-cut, which allows it to be tapered closely around the wearer’s waist. When your morning coat is not buttoned up, the silhouette of the coat is maintained by the stiff interlining of the coat, which should fit narrowly around the chest and waist, without causing wrinkling.

The shoulder seam of your morning coat should be in line with your natural shoulder, and it should be cut exactly the same as an evening coat (white tie).

The silhouette profile of your morning coat should make an ‘S’ shape, tapering at the waist and swooping out of your back side. This tapering is even more vital with a morning coat than a conventional suit.

The general rule of thumb is that your morning coat should hang just below the fold of the knee. However, please note that length has as much to do with personal style and your body shape as it does with convention. If you are seeking a more contemporary look, your coat length could be cut slightly shorter.

As a natural corollary to the requirement for a tapered look, morning coats should always be chosen with peak lapels, accentuating attention from the wearer’s shoulders to waist.

Herringbone Morning Coat

A herringbone morning coat. Courtesy of www.menswearr.com

Morning coats are typically constructed from flannel or worsted wool, in either plain or herringbone pattern. With regards to the latter, try opting for a weave with more depth and character, rather than a solid colored fabric.

Morning Dress Trousers

 Morning Dress Trousers

Morning dress trousers should be cut high enough to allow for use of suspenders. Courtesy of www.chriskerr.com

Morning Dress Attire is typically accompanied by formal trousers – grey pants with a black stripe running down. While this is considered the most formal option, houndstooth has made a strong surge in recent years.

In accordance with the delineation between formal and ‘less formal’ morning dress mentioned above, we would only suggest wearing your houndstooth grey pants with a black or navy morning coat. Houndstooth pants worn in the same color as your morning coat and waistcoat will lend to a less formal look overall, diluting the very intent of your initial dress code requirements.

Morning dress trousers should sit high, without any fabric bunching around your ankles. Your trousers should be just long enough to break once above your shoes.

Please note that morning dress trousers should not come with belt loops, as they are considered too informal. Moreover, your trousers should be cut waist high, with a high enough waistband that can be covered but your waistcoat. As such, your pants can come with side adjusters and / or suspenders (as is the case with the above image)!

Morning Dress Shirts

The morning dress shirt is typically in white, or a light paisley color (light blue or pink) with French cuffs and cufflinks. While a white colored shirt is considered your most formal option, lighter colored shirts should come with turn down white collars and white French cuffs, to accentuate the formality of the occasion.

Morning dress shirts, other than the collar and cuffs, are usually solid in color, but can also contain thin vertical stripes. Alternative morning dress shirt colors include lavender, peach, salmon, yellow or pastel green.

Morning Dress Shirt

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Morning Dress Waistcoat

Your morning dress waistcoat typically comes in buff white, dove grey, light yellow / beige or a light egg blue. Waistcoats are typically available in the single or double breasted variety, with double breasted being the more popular option. Double breasted waistcoats also tend to have shawl or peak lapels (vs notch or no lapels for the single breasted waistcoat).

It is absolutely imperative that your waistcoat is not backless!     

Morning Dress Waistcoat

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Necktie

While ascots can be worn for morning dress attire, neckties are the far more prevalent option. Given the formality of the occasion, solid or foulard (repeating geometric silk ties) are suggested.

While the color of the tie can be louder to help distinguish yourself, the nature of your tie pattern will help highlight the formality of your ensemble.

Men's Morning Coat Necktie

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Accessories

A white linen pocket square with a presidential square fold is the perfect way to complement your necktie with formal morning dress code! The textural variation of pairing a linen pocket square with your silk tie will add an element of depth and sophistication to your ensemble.

Alternatively, you could opt for a solid or lightly patterned pocket square. The trick is to pair a patterned pocket square with a solid tie, or vice versa, especially for more formal settings, so that your accessories do not clash.

 Winter Wedding Morning Coat

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Other accessories options include tie bars & boutonnieres. Tie bars will add an element of detail to your clothing, while a boutonniere is the perfect commemorative piece for your big day. However, we would choose two out of three accessories options between your silk tie, pocket square or lapel flower.

Top Hat

Grey or black hats are usually worn for racing events, but are generally carried in other settings. Hence, if you are not going to wear your hat, it may be best to leave it at home!

Shoes

Ideal dress shoes include highly polished black calfskin, oxford cap toes or even sophisticated slip-ons such as venetian loafers. Please note that patent leather is not considered appropriate for morning dress code.

Formal Wedding (evening wear, after 6pm) - Black Tie Attire

  • Formal wedding wear during a winter evening is typically associated with black tie (tuxedo) attire. Black tie attire consists of the following:
  • Black or midnight blue dinner jacket
  • French White Cuff Shirt
  • Black self tie bow tie
  • Black patent oxfords or opera pumps
  • Single Breasted Waistcoat (optional)
  • Black cummerbund (optional, not worn with waistcoat)
  • White braces

Black Tie Jacket

A Black Tie Dinner Jacket is a tailless dinner jacket (versus morning dress), constructed of black or midnight blue worsted wool, with lapels (facing) and button covered in silk. The facing of the lapels and buttons is what primarily distinguishes a dinner jacket from a conventional suit.

Black Tie Formal Wedding

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While black tie is considered the norm, midnight blue is also considered a classic color. This extremely dark hue of navy blue achieved its popularity in the 1930’s due to its ability to retain a rich look under artificial light, where as black fabric is generally more reflective. It is for this reason that midnight blue is often referred to as being richer than black.

While formal suits are typically constructed using furnished or unfurnished worsted wool, tuxedos can be made from much finer grades of wool, given the infrequent rate at which they are worn. This lower susceptibility to wear and tear allows for using much finer fabric when making a tuxedo.

Single vs Double Breasted Dinner Jacket

While a single button dinner jacket is considered the most formal option, the two buttoned dinner jacket has gained prevalence with black tie events. An alternative option (though not as popular) is the double breasted dinner jacket, which compliments slimmer men by helping them appear wider.

Men's Black Tie

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Lapel Facing / Fabric

One of the most distinguishing characteristics of a tuxedo jacket is the decorative facing of its lapels also known as lapel facing. This not only provides the jacket with additional flair, but also helps emphasize the sought after ‘V’ shaped masculine look that every dapper gentleman strives for. The best lapel facings are constructed of pure silk, while less expensive ones contain a synthetic component.

 Black Tie Attire Formal Evening Wedding

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Silk lapel facing can come in the form of smooth satin or the more subdued ribbed texture of grosgrain. It is important to note that the facing chosen for the lapels will help determine the type of material used for the bowtie, cummerbund and possibly the waistcoat.

The Tuxedo Dress Shirt

It is absolutely imperative that a tuxedo dress shirt is plain white. Differing from a traditional white dress shirt, a tuxedo white dress shirt has the following key features:

The Bosom: A formal tuxedo dress shirt has a decorated rectangular piece that runs vertically through the shirt. The two most common forms of decoration are pleated (running vertically) and piqued (comprising of stiffened fabric). While both are considered appropriate, the pique shirt has a more formal connotation, given its stiffer finishing. A pleated tuxedo shirt, conversely, can be referred to as a soft shirt.

The Studs. Tuxedo Dress Shirts often have button holes on both edges, which are closed with decorative studs. These studs are widely spaced, usually with no more than three to four studs per shirt.

Cuffs. French cuffs are a standard feature of a white tuxedo dress shirts. While any tuxedos are sold with matching studs and cufflinks, this is not mandatory. It is important, however, that these two come from the same color family, and that the two should complement each other relatively effortlessly.

Collar. When opting for a tuxedo dress shirt, there are primarily two types of collar under consideration. While a standard turned down collar is always considered acceptable, a wing tip collar is a high, starched collar that is separate from the actual tuxedo shirt, with small points placed below the chin.

Waist Covering

A key differentiating factor between a suit and a tuxedo is the presence of a waist covering. This extra layer helps provide tuxedos with an extra layer of sophistication that is critical to the Black Tie look.

Cummerband

A cummerbund, typically composed from the same material as your dinner jacket’s lapel facing, is a pleated sash that wraps horizontally across your waist. The pleats face upwards, like small pockets.

The primary aesthetic contribution of a cummerbund, in addition to its existence, is that it presents a continuous look from the waist down, hence highlighting an elongated physique. In other words, your cummerbund allows you to look taller and slimmer!

Men's Black Tie Attire Formal Evening Wedding

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Waistcoat

Considered the more traditional of the two options, the waistcoat differs somewhat from the vest component of a three piece suit. A tuxedo waistcoat is cut low and wide so as to expose the front of the shirt underneath it.

Some tuxedo waistcoats are backless, and are fastened with a buckled or buttoned strap. Typically constructed of the same fabric as the dinner jacket, a tuxedo waistcoat looks best when it has been covered with the same fabric (silk, grosgrain or satin) as the tuxedo jacket’s lapels and buttons.

Black Tie Formal Wedding

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Black Tie Trousers

A distinguishing factor of black tie trousers is that the outer seams of the pants should be covered in a strip with the same facing as the lapels (i.e silk, satin or grosgrain). The trousers need to be high waisted, so that the waist covering (cummerbund or waistcoat) fan fully cover the waist.

Black Tie Trousers

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While standard suit pants come with belt loops, this is a definite no go in the sartorially inclined land of black tie fare. Instead, opt for braces (suspenders) or side tabs (referred to as adjusters).

Formal Pumps

The formal pump has its origins in eighteenth century court dress, and has changed very little in the following three hundred years. With pump shoes in particular, the goal is to accentuate perceived smaller feet, making the wearer appear lighter on their toes.

In conjunction with the formality of black tie dress code, the shoes are often created with patented leather. The high gloss and sheen of the shoes is intended to complement the ensemble’s various facings (bowtie, lapels, buttons, waistcoat) as part of the tuxedo’s exquisite contrast of textures.

 Formal Pumps

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The evening formal pump is typically decorated with a silk bow tie, either pinched or flat, that complements your attire and bookends the actual bowtie, offering the ensemble with a sense of symmetry.

While conventional wisdom would have the facing of the bow ties match the facing of the lapels, the bow on pump shoes is often made of grosgrain, whose matte finish balances out the strong sheen of the shoe’s patented leather.

Formal Oxfords (Laceups)

When deciding on what type of leather to wear, your black oxfords can come in three different forms: patent leather, smooth calf or velvet. Of the three, patent leather is the most prevalent and considered the most appropriate.

Hugo Boss Patent Leather Cap Toe Shoes

While velvet is not as formal as patent leather, it looks incredibly dapper with a tuxedo when worn in loafer form.

Lastly, cow leather, while it doesn’t have the sheen of patent leather or the matte finishing of velvet, provides for a refined, elegant look

Bow Tie

The bow tie is considered the most stylistic option with a tuxedo, and rightfully so. The bow tie should (gasp!) be black, with the material consisting of the same material as the jacket facing.

Hence, the texture of the bow tie should correspond to the lapel facing of the dinner jacket – a satin lapel calls for a satin bowtie, while a grosgrain faced lapel would require a ribbed bowtie finish.

Men's Black Tie Attire Formal Wedding

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When worn with a wing collar, bow ties are placed in front of the wing points. While this positioning is considered appropriate etiquette, it is also highly practical, as the collar’s wing points will help keep the bow tie in place.

Studs & Cufflinks

Classic Black Tie Shirt studs, cufflinks and waistcoat studs (if needed) are usually made of onyx. While it is not mandatory for cufflinks and studs to perfectly match, they should, at the very least, complement each other.

Pocket Squares

While contemporary black tie wear will call for a white silk pocket square, stylistic purists will argue that the sheen of the silk will compete against the facing of the jacket lapels.

Hence, classical, dapper men may opt for a white linen pocket square. Keep the pocket square refined with an elegant, presidential square fold.

White Linen Pocket Square

The Dark Knot's Tuxedo White / Navy Linen Pocket Square.

Boutonniere

Black Tie ensembles are best accessorized with a white carnation flower, is one is to opt for lapel decoration. It is important to note that these boutonnieres are inserted through the lapel, instead of being pinned to it.

White Lapel Flower Black Tie Event

Semi Formal Attire Fabrics

Ok, so that was a lot of ground to cover for formal wear during winter weddings. Before we delve into semi-formal / informal wear attire, we would like to highlight suiting fabrics that work best during the winter months.

If anyone tries to pitch you a suit as being suitable for year round wear, it would be best to walk away! A fabric that is considered breathable and light weight during the summer months will make you feeling miserable during the cooler seasons.

The ideal winter suits are made of a warmer, thicker fabric that will keep you well insulated on the big day.

Woolen Suits

Wool, as always, remains the most prevalent suit fabric. Wool is renowned for its ability to drape well, maintain form and its versatility. A well woven woolen suit will keep you adequately insulated during the winter months.

Worsted wool is the most popular wool used for suits, as it is adaptable to temperature changes and has a slight sheen. Other types of woolen suits include tweed and flannel (discussed in further detail below). Worsted wool is considered a mid weight wool, where as tweed is heavier, and flannel is the heaviest.

Woolen Suit Winter Wedding

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Wedding Ties from The Dark Knot

Tweed Suits

The term ‘tweed’ is derived from ‘twill’, which indicates yarns that have been woven in a distinctive pattern that is unique only to this type of fabric. Tweed makes a fine winter suit choice because it is heavier, thick, water resistant and durable.

Tweed suits are heavier compared to most suits, as the fabric has a coarse feel to it. Tweed suits are ideally suited (no pun intended) to colder winter climates, and are a great way to make a classic statement.

If your wedding dress code has a retro theme to it, we would definitely recommend incorporating tweed into your attire!

Tweed Suits Winter Wedding

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Flannel Suit

Another popular winter suit, flannel suits are perfect for protecting against colder climates. Conventional wisdom holds that flannel suits are best reserved for more mature men. However, flannel suits have become increasingly known as a popular winter suit choice for all ages.

Flannel suits are made of worsted wool, and are similar to tweed and herringbone suits in terms of aesthetic. However, flannel suits are softer to the touch. Flannel suits appear stylish, and also come across as the most luxurious of the heavier fabrics due to the soft feel of the fabric.

 Men's Flannel Suit Winter Wedding

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Herringbone Suit

Another highly sought after winter suit option, the herringbone suit largely resembles the texture of a tweed suit. What makes the herringbone suit discernable is its zig zag pattern.

Both tweed and herringbone fabrics consist of a stronger weave than most fabrics, resulting in a more durable and structured garment.

 Herringbone Suit

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Cashmere Suit

Without a doubt one of the most sought after, luxurious suit fabrics in the marketplace, cashmere suits are the epitome of refined elegance. Cashmere suits are known for their unparalleled soft texture, level of comfort and insulative properties. However, cashmere suits do come with the major drawback of both lack of durability and being very pricey.

Instead of opting for a full, 100% cashmere suit, try opting for a cashmere blend that will reduce the financial impact of your purchase. Blended fabrics, in addition to helping reduce the price of your suit, will also ensure greater durability.

Semi-Formal Day Time Winter Wedding

Looking to dress dapper for your day time semi-formal winter wedding? We would suggest the following colors:

  • Charcoal Grey
  • Navy Blue
  • Taupe

Day Time Winter Wedding

Given that your conditions are going to be cooler, we would suggest a heavier woolen suit or a flannel, tweed or herringbone suit as mentioned above. We would consider the following for your daytime winter wedding:

  • If going for an alternate fabric, flannel will be your classiest choice during the day. The soft touch of the fabric will provide for an incredibly dapper, refined look that is soft to the touch.
  • If opting for a woolen suit, we would go with wools in heavier than average weights (10-12 ounces).
  • Opt for a three piece suit or a double breasted jacket. While both of these options may not appear to be highly popular these days, they both provide insulative properties, in addition to a distinctive, refined look! Moreover, should you opt for a vest, you will have the option of removing your jacket indoors and still looking better dressed than if you were just strutting your shirt and tie.

Accessorizing Your Day Time Wedding Suit

Ties

Looking for the perfect accessories to complement your winter wedding attire? While winter weddings may be associated with charcoal grey and navy hues, introducing color using fall & winter hues such as olive green, mustard yellow or burnt orange can work particularly well, especially during the day time!

 Winter Wedding Olive Green Tie

Wearing a white or light blue shirt for your wedding? While a navy tie will provide a monochromatic look, an olive green tie will provide a sense of familiarity, while a mustard yellow or burnt orange tie can provide the perfect level of contrast!

We highly suggest opting for a solid shirt on your wedding tie, so as to avoid any confusion with pattern matching, especially if your ties contain a pattern in them.

At The Dark Knot, in addition to recommending solid and geometric foulard silk ties for winter wedding attire, we are strong advocates of floral and paisley ties for your winter wedding, as they add an element of sophistication and fun for her special day!

Additionally, floral and paisley ties work perfectly with a range of underlying shirt and suit patterns, given the wider spacing of these designs.

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's range of exquisite wedding ties.

Rust Orange Floral Wedding Tie

The Dark Knot’s Roxbury Floral Orange / White Silk tie makes for the perfect day time winter wedding tie!

Silk Ties from The Dark Knot

Pocket Squares

When accessorizing your day time winter wedding, we would avoid overtly loud pocket squares, and choose blue, burgundy, olive green or plain white squares.  Additionally, if your tie is patterned, we would try to go with a relatively muted pocket square.

Conversely, if your tie is a solid color, we would work with a patterned pocket square, to provide the perfect level of balance. Remember, the intention is to look classy, without too much going on – especially on wedding day!

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's range of stunning, hand made silk & linen pocket squares.

Winter Wedding Pocket Squares

Courtesy of www.weddingideasmag.com

Lapel Flowers

Ideally, we would suggest opting for two out of the three accessories. If it comes down to having to choose two, we would go with the tie and lapel flowers, as lapel flowers clearly commemorate special occasions.

Given that this is a day time wedding, a turquoise, white or burgundy lapel flower could work particularly well!

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's range of lapel flowers.

Lapel Flower Day Time Winter Wedding

Semi-Formal Evening Winter Wedding

Looking to strut your suit during an evening winter wedding? We would suggest the following colors:

  • Black
  • Charcoal Grey
  • Navy

For your winter wedding suit, we would suggest incorporating the following:

Similar to dressing dapper for a day time wedding in the winter, a double breasted jacket or vest will keep you insulated and have you looking incredibly elegant. Like above, the use of a vest also provides you with the option of removing your suit jacket while still looking well dressed.

Given that evening wedding attire can often be classified as ‘cocktail’ attire, be comfortable in the fact that this is a medium dress code that covers all bases.

Hence, try injecting your attire with a little more personality than your standard 9 to 5 fare! A solid colored dress shirt, a patterned necktie (or bow tie), tie clips, cufflinks or pocket squares are all welcome additions to truly having you stand out on the big day.

Accessorizing Your Evening Time Wedding Suit

As mentioned above, accessorizing your evening attire wedding suit should allow you to add some personality to your ensemble, so you really stand out!

Ties

While olive green (similar to the day time recommendation) can work, we would suggest replacing your mustard yellow and rust orange ties with something more appropriate for evening wear – burgundy, brown or darker purple ties.

Both colors exude confidence for the big day, and signal a level of authenticity and trust.

Brown Tie Winter Wedding

The Dark Knot’s Argegno Foulard Brown / Blue Silk Tie, ideal for an evening winter wedding!

If you have opted for a solid blue shirt, we highly recommend going for a patterned burgundy or dark purple tie. A geometric foulard (repeating pattern) that is widely spaced will work perfectly, creating the perfect level of contrast.

Alternatively, and in conjunction with the festivities of the day, a paisley or floral tie will work incredibly well. Looking to add the ultimate level of richness to your ensemble? How about a brownish gold paisley or foulard silk tie.

Your wedding day also provides the perfect opportunity to introduce textural variation into your attire. Hence, the use of a grenadine tie will have you standing out heads and shoulders above the wedding party!

So what is a grenadine tie? A grenadine tie is a textured, woven silk tie that looks incredibly elegant. While a grenadine tie looks a little like a knitted tie, knit ties are for more informal occasions. A grenadine weave is an open weave, involving two warp yarns twisted around the weft in order to provide a strong, sheer fabric.

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's range of exquisite wedding ties.

Brown Grenadine Tie Winter Wedding

Few items speak to dapper sensibilities like a brown grenadine silk tie. Featuring The Dark Knot's Domaso Brown Grenadine Silk Tie.

Unsure as to what color grenadine tie will work on the big day? A navy, burgundy or brown grenadine tie will have you looking extremely dapper, particularly if paired with a solid blue or pink shirt!

Pocket Squares

The golden rule with pairing your ties to your pocket squares is that they shouldn’t exactly match, but complement each other. Hence, try choosing a pocket square in a contrasting or complementary color to your ties.

For example, a navy tie would work exquisite with a burgundy or olive green silk pocket square, while a burgundy tie would work with a blue or navy pocket square. Like with all pattern matching, the aim should be to create pattern contrast.

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's range of stunning, hand made silk & linen pocket squares.

Pocket Square Winter Wedding

A Pocket Square can really help accentuate your look on the big day.

Pocket Squares from The Dark Knot

Paisley pocket squares usually provide the perfect opportunity to achieve pattern contrast, as the larger spacing of a paisley pattern perfectly complements your solid or foulard silk tie.

If, however, you have opted for a floral or paisley silk pocket square, we suggest pairing either tie with a solid pocket square, so that your ensemble doesn’t look overtly busy.

Lapel Flowers

Lapel Flowers provide the perfect finishing touch for your winter wedding attire. Round off your look with an exquisite burgundy or cream lapel flower for evening wear!

Please feel free to view The Dark Knot's range of lapel flowers.

 

Lapel Flowers from The Dark Knot

 

Party & Guests Winter Wedding Attire

If you’re not the groom, what follows are some more targeted tips on what to wear to an upcoming winter wedding.

Best Man

Generally speaking, the best man should do his ‘best’ (no pun intended) to complement the groom. The best man should try and wear an ensemble of a similar level of formality and color, without wearing the exact same thing as the groom.

Exceptions to this include most formalwear – if you’re all wearing tuxedos or morning coats, it is appropriate to dress identically – and even then, the groom may have some elements such as a more formal necktie, waist coat or accessories that helps him stand out the most.

It is therefore imperative that you do not overshadow the groom! If the groom is wearing solid, avoid patterns. If the groom is wearing a patterned suit, opt for a solid or less boldly patterned suit.

Best Man Wedding

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Groomsman

As a groomsman, the task at hand is relatively straightforward. Adhere to guidelines set forth by the groom and best man, and you should be in good standing. After all, you’re there to support your friend, look great in photos and mingle (if appropriate!).

 Groomsmen Wedding

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In general, wedding attire for the groom, best man and groomsmen can go in one of two directions:

  • Groom, best man and groomsmen wear identical ensembles. This typically occurs with formal weddings, where all relevant members of the closely knit group wear tuxedos or morning coats.
  • Groomsmen and best men wear identical clothing, while the groom wears something slightly different. This is most prevalent with less formal wedding attire (suits). As mentioned above, this can include wearing a waistcoat, a more striking tie or wearing a slightly different colored pocket square!

Father Of The Bride Or Groom

Given that this should be a joyous occasion for the father of either party, try to have fun and up your style game! If the wedding dress code is formal, simply follow protocol by wearing a tuxedo or morning coat, depending on the time of day.

If it’s an informal wedding, you can get more creative with your suit and accessories pairing – don’t treat it like a suit that you would use for any other setting!

Father of the Bride Wedding

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Guests

Wedding guests in general have more freedom with regards to their attire. However, here are a few suggestions:

  • Does the invitation indicate a dress code. If so, it is best to adhere to that specific dress code. If there is no dress code indicated, please wear a suit.
  • Consider time of day and season. Generally speaking, day time weddings require lighter colors, whereas night time weddings require darker colors. Darker colors are more appropriate during winter months, as are heavier fabrics such as a heavier grade of wool or flannel.
  • Following Wedding Color Guidelines are not necessary. While color schemes are chosen by the wedding couple early during wedding planning, adherence to the color code is not mandatory.

And that’s a wrap for this detailed guide! We hope that you have found this both informative and enjoyable to read.

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