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A glen plaid three-piece suit, made with Hickory OP 2046.

The Groom’s Guide to Selecting the Best Suit Fabric

For many men, a wedding suit is the most important one that you can make in your life. After all, it is your best day, and you want to look your sharpest. And as any tailor will attest, making the best suit starts with choosing the best fabric for your needs. (We’ve got great tips on what to take note of when visiting a tailor to create your bespoke suit here.).

The handle and feel of a suit is essential, not only for comfort but also how it drapes on your body. Here are some considerations for your wedding suit, and the types of fabrics that will fit your requirements.

A tuxedo made with Bianco OP 2050.

This faille weave wool fabric is a great example of a tuxedo fabric. You can pick from Bianco OP 2050, Deep Black OP 2052 or Navy OP 2051.

Your wedding theme

The first aspect is what the theme and environment of your wedding will be. If you’re planning an indoors event, that simplifies the discussion since weather will not be an issue. The primary consideration in an indoor wedding is how formal the event will be. If it’s a properly formal occasion, we’d suggest a classic tuxedo or three-piece suit.

The classic tux is always a great choice because it doesn’t go out of style. A well-made tuxedo is something every man should have in their wardrobe. If you’re more conservative with your personal style, the classic black tuxedo is ideal, while guys who prefer to make a stronger statement may prefer a white or navy blue option.

Our favourite choices are our faille weave fabrics, which are a type of plain weaving with a heavier warp yarn than the weft. This creates a soft, silky texture with a glossy shine on the fabric that adds to its sophistication. Opt for a shawl or peaked lapel and no turn-ups on the pants, which gives a more tapered profile.

Alternatively, if you’re considering a classic three-piece, pick one of our Super 130s or Super 150s wool fabrics. For a classic handle, consider the English fabrics in our Eco-Evolution collection. They offer a soft touch as well, so it’s highly comfortable against the skin. A fully-canvassed suit will not only look great on your wedding day, but can be worn in the future for various occasions and will be alterable if you gain or lose weight. With a three-piece suit, go for a peaked lapel with turn-ups on the pants.

Outdoor weddings call for more casual suiting with lighter fabrics such as cotton, linen or light wools.

For an outdoor wedding, consider an unlined cotton or linen suit. Shown here is a suit made with Azure OP 1914.

The weather

Outdoor weddings will need to take into consideration the weather and environment. For warm and humid weather, we’d suggest going with a lightweight wool, cotton or linen suit, depending on the theme of the wedding.

Since outdoor weddings tend to have a more casual dress code, a notch lapel suit will be fine. You may also want to consider patch pockets for the suit and no turn-ups for the pants. For beach occasions, we’ll definitely recommend an unlined or half-lined linen suit. For garden weddings in the summer, a half-lined cotton suit should be ideal.

The best fabrics for a wedding suit

For formal occasions, wool and wool-silk blends are our recommended fabrics. High quality wools such as our Super 120s, Super 130s and Super 150s offer excellent handle and stretch. Look sharp and feel comfortable in a two or three-piece suit at this formal event. Check out our complete guide to tailoring to select all the details your tailor will need to create a perfect look for your wedding.

For semi-formal weddings, consider a cotton or linen suit. These fabrics feel great and come in a broad variety of colours to create your distinctive look for your big day. 

To discover more of our wool fabrics, check out our lookbooks. In particular, our Eco-Evolution collection offers a world first – merino wools that are water-repellent and crease-resistant. Explore our A Suited Approach lookbook for ideas on suiting up. And take a look at our Cotton and Linen lookbook to get inspired with fabric colours. Try creating your own look using our Styling Tool and realise it with our partner tailors.

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