Groomswear Guide: 4 suit types you need to know about

Traditional, timeless or trendy? These are the suit types that grooms around the world are looking at! Here’s our handy guide to help him find the one!

We know, we really do… Nothing matters more than what you’re wearing. But, the man you’re marrying needs to feel and look truly special too and that all starts with his suit. Make sure you take your venue, theme and season into consideration when you’re looking for ideas. But most of all, comfort is key – if he doesn’t feel comfortable he won’t look comfortable…

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First of all, don’t feel constrained by tradition. Think about what will flatter your groom’s figure. What they really want may not be practical in reality. For example, if your groom is short, tailcoats aren’t a great option as they will enhance this in photos.

Secondly, choose a material weight to suit the seasons. Go for a lighter fabric like linen for the summer months or if you’re getting married abroad, and a heavier blend of wool in winter to keep your groom the right temperature. 

Morning suit

This is the most formal option available for grooms. Morning suits are iconic in design and feature a single-breasted jacket with a large tail at the back to the mid-thigh or knee. Jackets are usually black or grey and traditionally worn with a top hat, striped trousers and a waistcoat. The morning suit is best for traditional church or formal civil ceremonies.


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The classic tail coat has two long tails at the back and should be worn with braces, a white shirt, waistcoat and cravat. It is less formal than the morning suit and suitable for civil celebrations.

READ MORE: 13 of our featured grooms’ looks for inspiration for your own big day!

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Black tie

A popular choice for evening, formal and elegant weddings, black tie attire will perfectly match the high glamour of you and your beautiful dress. There are plenty of options available, including a variety of different lapels. Choose black or white and wear with a bow tie for a classic and timeless groom style.

Lounge suit

Some grooms feel more comfortable in a classic everyday-style suit, which can be enhanced by a matching waistcoat or cravat. However, having a suit tailored to fit is another option and such a treat. The great thing about a made to measure suit is that it can be worn again and again afterwards, too. You could also make your groom your something blue with appropriately coloured attire.

Finally, we would love to say that’s everything, but there’s plenty more to consider. There’s still the buttonholes, ties, cufflinks, watches and pocket squares to consider and – of course – the contentious topic of whether or not your man will be sporting a wedding ring.


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