First of all let us say that not every outfit requires a wedding waistcoat, so if you feel uncomfortable about wearing one or feel it won't go with the overall look and feel you want, then feel free to avoid one. That said, a wedding waistcoat really does look tremendous and will help to finish an outfit off superbly.
Available in a vast range of colours and designs, a wedding waistcoat can be used to tie together the colour scheme for the day and even allow the male wedding party members to complement the bridesmaid outfits.
Letís now take a look at whatís available your wedding waistcoat choices are.
Traditional Wedding Waistcoat
There are literally hundreds, nay thousands, of colours and designs available for Grooms and their Groomsmen to choose from. The vast majority of traditional wedding waistcoats will feature five, six or seven buttons, a small pocket on either side of the belly button and no collar (although collared varieties are available).
Waistcoats should be worn fastened, although it is fashionable and traditional to leave the very bottom button unfastened Ė this also ensure that you donít take someoneís eye out with a flying button when you sit down at the end of the speeches! Waistcoats have a slimming effect and look great on both small and large frames.
Traditional wedding waistcoats work well with most Morning Wear and for a truly classy look, why not add a pocket watch on belcher chain to the outfit.
Formal Wedding Waistcoat
The formal wedding waistcoat is for use exclusively with a Tail Suit. Featuring three small buttons that are positioned close together around the mid-rift, the formal wedding waistcoat, when buttoned-up, provides somewhat of a cummerbund-meets-waistcoat appearance.
Normally only available in black or white, the formal wedding waistcoat is ideal for gents wearing a Tail Suit, but, to be frank, a little odd with anything else.
Special wedding waistcoats have been developed by a number of outfitters exclusively for use with Prince Charlie and Argyll Jackets. Featuring five squared silver buttons and a traditional waistcoat cut, Highland waistcoats are normally only available in a few colours (black, grey, navy and green are the usual suspects) and it is traditional to wear a waistcoat in the same colour as the jacket.
Lowlander & Jacobite Waistcoats
The Lowlander and Jacobite waistcoats are traditional items from North of the Border that help to add a degree of formality and a sense of tradition to the Groom and Groomsmen when worn with a Ghillie shirt. Lowlander waistcoats are worn open and feature a straight cut, epaulets and two silver buttons just above the hem. Jacobite waistcoats are again worn open and feature a straight cut that juts back towards the hip before extending downwards covering the pockets. The waistcoat has 3, 4 or 5 silver buttons and has elongated shoulders which extend outwards. These type of wedding waistcoats are available in a variety of colours and materials, but we would not recommend that you only consider them for use with a Ghillie shirt.
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