by Celebrity Fashion Stylist Donny Galella
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The ‘Prince of Wales’ suit, also known as a check-suit, is having a real fashion moment, right now. We saw them all over the catwalks from Gucci to Louis Vuitton, and now you can find them in all top fashion stores and high street retailers. Even male celebrities like Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum are having some chequered fun! Aussie designer brands like MJ Bale, Calibre, Brent Wilson and Peter Jackson are all doing them this season, which means you can have the designer look, without the budget.
If you are looking to dress the groom or groomsmen and are after something with an extra ‘wow’ factor, then the Prince of Wales could be just the thing to do it. Pair with a crisp white shirt and a dapper tie or bowtie. Add some polished leather dress shoes, some accessories such as a pocket square, tie pin or floral lapel pin and you will mean serious sartorial business.
Grey, charcoal and navy blue are the key colours this season, look for a well-cut suit, ideally with 2 buttons. I always think a blue-toned suit looks extra amazing on anyone with blue eyes or cool skin tones. It’s pretty rare to find a suit off the rack that fits perfectly. So be sure to take it to your local tailor to get it tailored to fit you like a glove. Spending that extra $50-$100 will be the best thing you ever do.
I often get asked, what colour shoe would match. For a conservative approach, with a charcoal or grey suit, add a crisp white shirt, black tie and black leather shoes. With a blue or navy suit, add a white shirt, a navy or ink tie and chocolate brown leather shoes.
Once the wedding is over, the suit jacket can be worn as a blazer with chinos or jeans. Perhaps match the colour of the check in the suit, back to a shirt. Then also add a pocket square in the same colour.
I have down the hard work and tracked down 3 affordable options for your groom.