I set out to write a piece on dressing a wedding party today only to discover that I wrote one in 2007. That one seems to be still valid so, sadly, there is no apparent need to repeat myself.
This relates to the Cloud Club illustration as the gentleman in the center is wearing a stroller, semi-formal day wear that should be the choice of the groom and the wedding party whenever the bride will be wearing a long white dress to her afternoon wedding. Unlike a morning coat, which might never be worn again if the groom is not in the habit of attending diplomatic functions or addressing the Supreme Court of the United States, the stroller is actually somewhat practical. Away from the wedding or similar settings it can be worn dressed down as a black odd jacket. I wore one for decades with gray flannel trousers when I was too reticent to don stripes, literally wearing the thing out. It also provides additional opportunities to use those wedding ties.
Speaking of neckties, the Manchester Guardian did a very nice video on tiemaking the Michael Drake way the other day. They won't let it be embedded here but it's worth a click-through even though Michael is wearing a shirt with a breast pocket and, as one viewer wrote in the comments, " I would never take sartorial advice from a man with a breast pocket on his shirt." It is apparently a tough crowd there in Manchester.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Posted by Will at 7:00 AM