Deciding what to wear on your wedding day is a big deal. Not only do you want to look and feel your best, but with the day being photographed, you can be sure this outfit will be remembered for years to come. If you and your SO are both planning to rock suits, you’re probably wondering the best way to pick styles that feel authentic to your day, your relationship, and your style. Here are our best tips for styling two suits together.
The first step before looking for a suit is to determine your wedding day vibe and style. Contemplate things like the season, the location, your wedding theme, and the formality of your event. While a formal, timeless space might call for traditional black tuxedos, a rustic barn might point more toward a smart casual look and a summer wedding on the beach would pair perfectly with a linen suit.
Chat about what you envision your wedding looking like, and find ways to make your looks add to the overall theme of the event instead of clashing with it. Also, consider what your guests will wear and how you want the celebration to feel to avoid looking over- or under-dressed at your own wedding.
Prior to heading to the shops, sit down and chat about what you picture wearing on your wedding day. Did you always imagine yourself in a tux? In something more modern, like a tieless suit or colorful ensemble? What about for your partner—is there something you imagined them wearing? While you want to both feel true to your own personal styles, talking about what you envision before trying things on will help you feel confident and informed as you check out different jackets and select patterns and fabrics.
If you’re not one for superstition, consider shopping for your suits together, so you can find looks that complement each other. While some couples opt to wear matching suits, others like to find ways to stand out individually while looking complementary to each other. If you’d rather keep your outfit a secret until you walk down the aisle or for your first look, ask a mutual friend to shop with each of you. This way, you’ll have someone on the inside ensuring your styles complement each other. If your friend groups don’t overlap, you can also have your SO chat with the stylist helping you shop, so they’re able to help pull looks. Just call them up at the start of your appointment and your stylist will be able to take it from there.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your looks coordinate is to select matching suits. If you both have a similar style, select a suit that you both feel confident in. By the time they’re tailored and you add in accessories like ties, shoes, socks, and boutineers, you’ll each look individually great while creating a no-fuss cohesive look. If you want to differentiate your looks slightly, you could always wear different color shirts under the suits or switch things up with different ties in complementary colors.
Experimenting with fabrics is vital to suit shopping and plays a big role in how your overall look comes together. Keep in mind things like your venue, the level of formality, the temperature, and your personal styles when deciding. A good general rule is the more formal the event, the heavier/darker the fabric. Select lighter fabrics like linen for daytime, hot weather, beachy, or more casual events and heavier fabrics for nighttime, formal, or winter weddings. While expressing yourself on your wedding day is key, having suits in the same fabric will pull together your overall wedding style.
If you have the same fabric and/or suit, experimenting with multiple colors is a great way to individually shine. Take a look at your color palette and find pops that you each love. Maybe one of you wears a black suit with a colorful bow tie, while the other wears a colored suit jacket and a black tie. Or maybe you each wear neutral-colored suits and mix things up with different, colorful pops in your ties, socks, pocket squares, suspenders, pant patterns, and boutineers. Alternatively, you could each wear a different color sport coat, but have your pocket square match your partner’s suit. There are plenty of ways to play with color, so don’t be afraid to make things bright.
Another fun way to mix up your looks is to utilize patterns. You find some really amazing suits with patterns like plaid, paisley, or even floral, and this modern twist on traditional suits is a wonderful way to show your playful side. Maybe you get matching plaid suits in different colors or you opt for a tropical patterned shirt or tie under your dark, traditional suits. Either way, a good rule is to make sure to only select one big, loud pattern.
One of the best ways to really showcase your style and personality is with accessories. This is your chance to really play it up, so don’t be afraid to have fun. Things like family rings, custom cufflinks, matching pocket squares, gifted watches, and glamorous tie clips are all ways to differentiate your coordinated looks or tie together your different styles.
Whether it’s matching suits in different colors, different suits in the same fabric, or classic suits in bright, bold patterns, styling two suits together for your wedding day is a fun way to showcase your individual styles as well as your bond. As long as you feel comfortable and confident in your look, you can be sure your SO will love what you rock on the big day.