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How to dress for an autumnal wedding

May 18, 2020

Last year, August was the busiest month for weddings in the UK, as it always is year after year. But anyone who had booked in their big day for a high summer wedding has now either cancelled, or have been fortunate enough to find a day in either September or October. For the lucky latter, that shouldn't change things too much. September in the UK is actually the second most popular month, and while October can be playing roulette with the weather, you still have a fair chance of a beautiful day. In fact, early Autumn weddings capture the turning of the seasons and are one of the most colourful times of the year, so yes, you may not get the piercing blue skies in your photos, but you will get the whole gamut of inter-season tones as the trees begin to blush and undress.

Outdoor weddings in October do, of course, run the risk of being drowned out, but you can bring autumn inside with you in the form of flora and fauna with burnt orange and earthy tones. But what are the sartorial considerations to make? Well, your consideration for a morning suit shouldn't change too much. Most or Favourbrook's styles are constructed from lightweight wool. Wool is of course extremely adept at regulating body temperature so whether it's a typical October day or a scorching outlier, you won't have a problem there. Thinking about how you integrate autumnal hues into your outfit could be a consideration, however. Rather than your typical black morning coat, a lighter charcoal style might fare better contrasted with autumnal floral arrangements and in post-wedding photographs. Likewise with the trousers, you may be more inclined to opt for our houndstooth high-waisted flat-front trouser which is a few shades lighter than the typical charcoal striped trouser, just in case the light outside is dull. As you get into the depths of October, our black Seaton cashmere morning coat will feel sumptuous on and provide all the warmth you need.

One very important sartorial consideration for an autumnal wedding is your waistcoat. That linen style you had your eye on for an August wedding is not going to cut it in October. Firstly, it won't offer enough warmth, and secondly, the subtle textural finish of linen will jar against the more robust autumnal textures. Instead, look for rich gaberdine wool styles on the one hand and earthy floral tones or patterns on the other. The choice of tie is extremely subjective and largely depends on your choice of waistcoat. As a rule, we would strongly advise against matching the tie with the waistcoat, but you can certainly play with contrasting hues of the same colour. Otherwise, our choice would be to elect for a contrast tie altogether as it better draws attention to your face. As for the pocket square, our preference is for a neutral style that doesn't fight for attention, but a simple and subtle polka dot style will work too. There is no right or wrong, only better or worse.

For the evening, nothing could suit the autumnal wedding more than a velvet jacket for dinner and dancing. The rich textural feeling of velvet's short, dense pile if perfect as it responds so well under lights. Depending on the style of wedding, a velvet jacket with frogging offers a more traditional formal style, but should you want a more contemporary aesthetic, then we'd advise a jacket with peak lapels rather than a shawl, but both styles look invariably elegant.

Above all though, we want you to feel utterly comfortable and confident in your wedding day attire and would thoroughly enjoy guiding you through the morning suit and waistcoat process. With any luck, we'll soon be able to reconvene at our Pall Mall store, but until then much of our most popular styles are available online.

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Favourbrook produces small runs of menswear and womenswear set apart by both peerless quality and aesthetic panache. Designed in London and handmade in the UK and Europe, this is formalwear with a difference: memorable clothing for memorable occasions.
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