A tweed suit is an excellent choice for wedding attire any time of year. Whether you’re a guest, groomsman, or the lucky man who gets to tie the knot, the texture will add visual interest that a solid wool suit can only dream of. There are many options for styles and colors to perfectly match the theme of any wedding. Because of its history and style, tweed works especially well for outdoor rustic-themed weddings, but it also looks amazing in every other setting.
Why Choose Tweed?
Not only does it look good, tweed is also a highly functional material. It was originally worn by English and Scottish noblemen during sporting events and hunting trips, so it’s very durable and comfortable - perfect for tearing it up on the dance floor. It’s also water-resistant, making it a no-brainer for outdoor weddings during colder months or in wet climates. Below we’ve come up with a selection of our favorite picks for tweed wedding suits to help you find your best option.
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The Best Tweed Wedding Suits
Grey tweed is a classic and versatile option that will work at any type of wedding: church, park, garden, mansion, or anywhere in between. It’s a neutral color that looks good during every season. Of course, you can choose lighter shades of grey during the warmer months for spring and summer weddings or darker shades for autumn and winter weddings. Grey is a fantastic base color and looks good in almost any color combination when you’re choosing your tie and pocket square. For spring/summer weddings you can create a softer feel with pastel colors like blue, pink, mint or sage green. Go darker for autumn/winter weddings with burgundy, purple, navy, or black. Or you can create a cool contrast with a printed tie (floral, striped, spotted) for any season. As for shoes, pretty much anything will match! Black, tan, or brown - just make sure to coordinate with the color of your tie. Grey tweed is always guaranteed to give you style points.
If you want an earthier, more down-to-earth feel, choose a brown tweed suit. Definitely go for brown if you’re attending a country wedding, or one that takes place at a cottage, farm, wood, or meadow. It will do wonders to enhance the rustic feel of the wedding. Again, choose your shade of brown accordingly depending on the season. Brown tweed is also quite easy to pair with other colors as it is still a neutral option. Some combinations you can try for your tie and/or pocket square include navy, light grey, pale pink, burgundy, rust, light blue, or cream. Alternately, you can go for a monochrome look by choosing lighter or darker shades of brown, perhaps with a pattern as well. The monochromatic route is your best bet when it comes to shoes - stick to a darker shade of brown or tan to finish your look. Brown tweed is the perfect blend of formal but relaxed.
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Sharp, dark, and handsome - words that will most likely be used to describe a man in a blue tweed suit! Blue or navy is often the darkest option when it comes to tweed, so it works well for autumn or winter weddings (but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss is during the warmer months - perhaps for a beach wedding?). Blue is a beautiful and classic color that looks great at traditional church weddings or outdoor weddings. You can keep a neutral look with black, brown, or grey accessories, make a contrast with red/burgundy/rust or golden yellow, or brighten things up with pastel pink or blue. Blue is an especially great base for patterns like floral or paisley, as it usually tends to be included in the pattern itself. Dark brown or black shoes will look best with blue tweed. A blue tweed suit will keep you looking cool all night long.
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Double-Breasted Tweed Suit
If you know the bride and groom aren’t sticklers for tradition, you can wear a 2-piece double-breasted suit instead of a 3-piece suit. If you’d rather play it safe, there are many amazing double-breasted 3-piece suits that you can choose from. But if you’re more of a modern man, consider a double-breasted suit. A more formal occasion, like a wedding, is the perfect opportunity to break out this ultra-elegant style. Choose fun accessories to make the suit feel more like it belongs at a wedding than a boardroom. Don’t be afraid of patterns or color - perhaps choose a bow tie instead of a tie. No matter how you choose to style it, you’ll be the most dapper gentleman at the wedding.
For a true vintage feel, opt for a plaid tweed suit. This smart and timeless print looks especially good at autumn and winter weddings, although lighter options are very welcome for spring and summer weddings. Plaids look great paired with accessories in earthy shades like brown, burgundy, and hunter green. Monochromatic shades also work well to unify the look. For a quirkier feel, go the print-on-print route. As long as the print contains a similar color and isn’t too big, it won’t be overpowering. Some good bets are diagonal stripes, small polka dots or floral, or paisley. Plaid is an excellent choice for vintage or rustic themed weddings.
3-Piece Tweed Suit
A 3-piece tweed suit is the traditional choice for weddings, so you can’t go wrong with one. Definitely stick to the rules if you know that’s the plan for the wedding, or if it’s a summer wedding: if it starts getting too hot, you can always remove your jacket. Feel free to switch out the waistcoat to something else to create a more colorful ensemble. Some combinations that pair well are blue/brown and blue/grey, or you can add a lighter/darker waistcoat in the same shade of your suit for color depth. Make sure your tie is neatly tucked into the waistcoat and the bottom button is undone. You’ll be the star of all the wedding photos.
- Go for a more tailored or slim fit. We all know there’s nothing worse than an ill-fitting suit, especially when it comes to tweed. It doesn’t have to be super tight but a well-fitted suit will make the look a lot more modern.
- Make your footwear of choice brogues. Tweed suits and brogues are a match made in heaven.
- Don’t skip out on the accessories. Just a tie won’t cut it. Tweed suits may feel slightly less formal than other types of suits, so dress it all the way up. Make sure you have a pocket square, and why not throw in a tie clip and a pocket watch (if you’re wearing a waistcoat)?
- White or light. You can’t go wrong with a white shirt, but if you want to choose a colored option that’s fine too. Just make sure it’s a very light shade so that it doesn’t overpower the colors of the tweed. For example, if you choose a brown tweed suit, you can wear a light cream or beige shirt instead.
If you have a wedding coming up, what are you waiting for? Browse our fantastic selection of tweed suits.