The vintage debonair trend for grooms is becoming an increasingly popular look at weddings. Marc Darcy explains what the trend is and how you can pull it off
Although tradition has it that the focus of a wedding is on the bride, that’s no excuse for slacking on groomswear when it comes to your wedding. The days of wearing a simple suit are gone, as grooms now have nearly as many options as their brides.
A big trend for 2018 is vintage debonair, which takes inspiration from traditional English style – think gentlemen heading off to the countryside for a bit of R&R in the 1920s and you’re on the right lines.
However, mimicking the style from almost 100 years ago isn’t enough for today’s modern gentlemen, and that’s where Marc Darcy comes in. The Drapers award-winning menswear retailer is leading the way in the vintage debonair trend by reimagining traditional fabrics, such as tweed, herringbone mixes and velvet, for the modern man, including bold detailing and linings. Here, they explore the trend and reveal how you can pull off the look for your wedding.
Tweed and the like originate from the Edwardian era, making up the construction of shooting and hunting jackets. But since then, this has come in and out fashion over the years, with a revival in the 60s through mod culture. Today, thanks to shows such as Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders, the look has become oh-so-popular for vintage-themed weddings.
The fabric provides a beautiful texture and pattern, while giving a nod to the heritage that made marriage a British tradition. There is an abundance of colours and styles available from the vibrant to the understated – whatever your preference, this look has something to match your taste.
A vintage-inspired look can also set the tone of your wedding. If you’re the type of couple who finds very formal occasions not your cup of tea, this trend can create a more casual vibe for your special day.
Suits you, sir!
A three-piece suit is key to pulling off this look. Plus, waistcoats are a great way to add depth to an outfit and look pretty damn dapper. They also allow you to shed your top layer in warmer weather without messing up your look, while offering an extra layer of warmth for weddings later in the year.
If velvet takes your fancy, then you should go for a two-piece to really show off the plush fabric while giving off an opulent vibe. While perhaps a little warm for summer occasions, it would make for a perfect choice for an autumn or winter wedding.
Brown seems to be the standard colour choice when opting for this look, but with so many different options available in tweed, including blues, mustards, olive greens and even purple, it could pay off going bolder.
Mix and match
Weddings of the past would have grooms and their groomsmen coordinated in matching garments; however, vintage debonair allows you to mismatch looks to create a truly unique aesthetic – think Mumford and Sons. Consider having a different colour trouser and jacket combination, mix up the colour of your ties or add a waistcoat that clashes (but complements) the rest of your suit.
The finer details
The vintage debonair trend doesn’t stop at your suit, there are tons of accessories available to help the groom and groomsmen look really suave, from ties and bow ties to pocket squares and flat caps. You can go bold with pattern or colour, or add a different texture with a knitted or silk option.
As the popularity grows for more informal and quirky industrial and agricultural spaces playing host to weddings, it’s important that your look reflects the venue. If you think wearing a tie might be a bit too formal, opt for no tie. There are many options for shirts, from rounded collars and shirts with collar bars, that allow you to wear a suit without a tie and avoid looking unfinished.
If this trend tickles your fancy, Marc Darcy has more than 20,000 pieces available at their HQ, with coordinating outfits for adults and children. And when we say coordinating, we mean it – the lining, trimmings and even lapel pin badges are same. There are plenty of ways, subtle and bold, to create the vintage look, so you’re sure to find something that everyone will agree on. Simply walk into HQ or browse their website, it’s really that simple.
Marc Darcy also launched its childrenswear range earlier this year, suitable for one-to-14-year-olds. These are also available in styles with matching mens’ suits on selected lines, in tweed and check styles in blue, cream, tan and more.