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Wedding

It’s a big day. And it will undoubtedly be a long day. Groom, father of the bride or best man, you have reams of obligations and must reconcile two contradictory requirements. Perfect elegance: to maintain self-assured eye-contact with the priest or registrar. And perfect ease to effortlessly leap onto tables and wave napkins around in spite of a whirring mind and heavy eyelids… In other words play it well. Note by Marc Beaugé.

Groom

Mens suit and clothing - De Fursac Groom

There are two schools of thought when it comes to nuptial elegance. The first, less established but becoming increasingly popular, says the groom should wear a tuxedo on his big day. If you go for this option, there’s plenty of space for manoeuvre.

Unlike gala balls which insist upon the wearing of a classic tuxedo, weddings don’t really impose such dress codes. And as a result it’s potentially a rather exciting terrain… 

Your tuxedo could very well be in navy blue. It could also be worn with a tie, and not a bow tie. It can be punctuated with a pair of non-patent shoes. With or without a pocket square. After all this is your day, no one is going to reprimand you for bending the rules of classical elegance…

Likewise there’ll be no reproaches if you decide to adapt your outfit as the day goes by. If you’re starting at the town hall, then don’t go all out straight away. Establish the outlines of your elegance. But wait until the religious ceremony, if there is one, to really mark the difference by adding an accessory (why not a button hole flower?), change suede shoes for leather ones, swap a cotton tie for a silk tie, and so on… Later, much later, when the party’s in full swing, you can take all that off and have a more flexible good time. But that’s a whole different chapter. 

The second school of thought consists of building around the notion of simplicity. If you chose that camp, opt for a beautiful suit cut from high quality wool. Black is the colour of mourning, and not of love, so chose navy or grey. Light grey is particularly appropriate for a wedding, and much less so for a business context.

Select a jacket with one or two buttons. With a one-button jacket there’s no need for anything else. With a two-button jacket, don’t hesitate to add a waistcoat. This will ensure that even in the heat of the moment you won’t find yourself just in shirt sleeves.

The pocket square, which can form a neat white band on your chest, will also mark out the exceptional nature of the day. Especially if it is a plain weave in silk.

The shirt should be white and immaculate. Don’t bother choosing something with a satin or shiny finish or to perfectly match the dress of your bride-to-be. And then you won’t have to go shopping with a small piece of fabric in your pocket… White will do nicely.

To complete your outfit, you need a tie (much more suited to the occasion than a bow tie), which you can match to the wool of your suit, to avoid any risks. Your outfit will be perfectly clear. Maybe even as clear as your love... 

White small french collar shirt - De Fursac mens shirt PERH3RIFA-E020/01 Men's egyptian cotton poplin shirt PERH3RIFA-E020/01

Shirt with hidden placket White

Egyptian cotton poplin

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€145

Silvery accessory - De Fursac mens accessory PERD2BOUT-MB01/91 Men's brass palladium finish accessory PERD2BOUT-MB01/91

Cufflinks Silvery

Brass palladium finish

One size

€85

Navy blue - Plain serge slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19EC3JILY-NC14/31 Men's super 120s wool suit 19EC3JILY-NC14/31

Suit with waistcoat Navy blue - Plain serge

Super 120s wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€795

Navy blue - Blue eyes print accessory - De Fursac mens accessory 17HD2POCH-KR08/30 Men's silk accessory 17HD2POCH-KR08/30

Pocket square Navy blue - Blue eyes print

Silk

One size

€55

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Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride advice: De Fursac mens suit and clothing

You have to accompany your daughter, dressed in the most beautiful dress of her life, up to the altar. Could there be a greater pressure? To meet the expectations placed on you, most notably by your daughter, dress with dignity.

Fulfil your function correctly and at all costs avoid anything too young: an overly fitted suit, a skinny tie or too tapered a trouser.

You are the father, so you shouldn’t be putting yourself in the same place as the groom. If his suit is navy, buy a grey one, a two-button jacket and no waistcoat. Your pocket square ? Linen or cotton. Silk is clearly not off-limits.

If your suit is slate grey, chose a light grey tie. If it is mid-grey, take a dark grey one. A knitted silk tie is a good option. And it works well with a white shirt with pinstripes.

For this occasion you can also show off your favourite and most beautiful cufflinks. After all it isn’t every day you give your daughter’s hand away in marriage. 

Blue - "Rings" print accessory - De Fursac mens accessory 19ED1POCH-NR75/60 Men's madder silk accessory 19ED1POCH-NR75/60

Pocket square Blue - "Rings" print

Madder silk

One size

€60

Indigo blue - Prince of Wales slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19EC3FOBG-NC12/34 Men's virgin wool suit 19EC3FOBG-NC12/34

Suit with waistcoat Indigo blue - Prince of Wales

Virgin wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€865

White english collar shirt - De Fursac mens shirt 18HH3MUSE-E005/01 Men's egyptian cotton twill shirt 18HH3MUSE-E005/01

Shirt with tab collar White

Egyptian cotton twill

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Midnight blue knitted tie - De Fursac mens tie PERF3KNIT-T212/30 Men's knitted tie tie PERF3KNIT-T212/30

Knit - Tie Midnight blue

Knitted tie

One size

€95

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Best man

De Fursac mens clothing - Best man advice

While the best man’s role might seem to be a simple case of signing the register, his real function is to animate the event and inject it with joy, relaxation, humour and even the odd dirty joke.

From a stylistic point of view, you have a pretty wide range of choices. You could go for colour, patterns or why not even prints.

For you a mismatching outfit is totally acceptable. If the trousers are dark – navy blue for example – a colourful blazer can work. The shirt can also be stripy or spotty. Just like the tie. It’s all about being reasonable and not accumulating extravagances. If the jacket is showy, the shirt and tie should be “calm”. And vice versa. A simple flower in the buttonhole can bring an outfit to life. As can a printed pocket square.

Suede shoes in paler shades are good, even a pair of perfectly white canvas sneakers are possible. But then obviously you’ll have to kiss them goodbye the next day as it’s highly unlikely light coloured shoes will survive the adventures generally experienced by a best man at a wedding. Especially if it’s a good one. 

This is less anodyne that it might seem. These days weddings tend to sprawl over two sessions, with the following day revolving around a friendly lunch, consumed with bloodshot eyes and a dodgy stomach but a happy heart. For Part II the best man will be called upon to change his shoes. He’ll need another outfit that means he can ditch the suit. Chinos and a summer polo shirt, a smart pair of jeans and winter cashmere sweater will also fit the bill. In fact the best man can dress like the groom that day, it’s totally acceptable.

Turquoise blue - "palm leaves" print regular fit tie - De Fursac mens tie 19EF2CRAV-NR27/94 Men's madder silk tie 19EF2CRAV-NR27/94

Tie - Regular Turquoise blue - "palm leaves" print

Madder silk

One size

€85

Dark sky blue french collar shirt - De Fursac mens shirt 19EH3MASK-NH03/38 Men's egyptian cotton end-on-end shirt 19EH3MASK-NH03/38

Shirt with French collar Dark sky blue

Egyptian cotton end-on-end

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Marl blue - Micro design slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19EC3NOZE-NC10/32 Men's super 120s wool suit 19EC3NOZE-NC10/32

Double-breasted suit Marl blue - Micro design

Super 120s wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€745

Brown shoes - De Fursac mens shoes PERLDERBY-EC02/18 Men's polished calf leather shoes PERLDERBY-EC02/18

Shoes Brown

Polished calf leather

Sizes: 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

€425

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