Formal Hire Advice

For a wedding it is traditional for the groom and his party to wear a morning or lounge suit. Black tails, striped trousers & a dove grey waistcoat are the absolute traditional, but most men today tend to chose coloured & patterned accessories that compliment the bridal party. In recent times slim contemporary fit suits have become the preferred option for many Grooms.

A ‘black tie’ dress code requires formal evening dress. This is usually a black dinner jacket, with satin lapels & matching trousers. A pleated or Marcella shirt may be worn, with either a regular or wing collar. Usually accessorised with a black bow, other colours are normally acceptable. A waist coat or cummerbund may be worn (never both). The cummerbund should match the bow.

The white tuxedo first appeared in New York in the late 1800’s. Traditionally worn in tropical areas, it is now accepted on cruises & at summer functions. This should be worn with black dress trousers, a white dress shirt & usually a black bow tie.

White tie is worn at the most formal of occasions, such as state banquets & balls. It consists of a black tailcoat with satin lapels, black dress trousers & Marcella waistcoat, shirt & bow. Black silk or cotton socks and black patent shoes should be worn, with an optional white silk handkerchief.

Measuring is a vital part of ensuring the best possible fit of your outfit. Obviously we would prefer it if all members of your party could be measured by one of our experienced staff. If this is not possible, then please provide us with a few simple measures, as illustrated in the picture:

Collar / Chest / Waist / Inside Leg (crutch to floor in socks) / Crown to Cuff. As a double check, don’t forget to tell us how tall you are.


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