Best Dressed Guest: Father of the Bride

Choosing the right attire for the starring role of father of the bride needn’t be hard. With these expert tips from formal menswear specialist, Dave Shaw, from Moss Bros and the Country House Wedding Venues team, he’ll be looking dapper in no time…

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV
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While the bride may take centre stage for the day, the father of the bride shares the spotlight too. With key responsibilities from walking down the aisle to commanding the afternoon’s speeches, the father of the bride needs to dress-to-impress. With this in mind it’s time to shed some light on the do’s and don’ts of father of the bride outfits for the big day…

DO... choose a suit to complement your body shape

When suit hunting, it’s important to be aware of your body shape and choose an outfit that is flattering rather than an outfit that you think might look good. Dave Shaw, from formal menswear specialists Moss Bros, recommends that the father of the bride should consider choosing a suit jackets with side vents. “This style can be worn by most people and is a particularly good choice for larger gentlemen as they tend to have a nicer drape,” he explains.
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV

DON’T... presume baggy is better

If you haven’t lost as much weight as you’d hoped to before the wedding it doesn’t mean you should opt for something baggy and ill fitting. “A well-fitting suit can hide a multitude of sins – even with men who are more portly, or have grown into themselves,” says Dave Shaw. He recommends picking a fitted waistcoat as this always gives the wearer a more streamlined figure. “The waistcoat should also be long enough to cover the top of the waistband – this is imperative in achieving this distinguished look,” he adds.
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV
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DO... think about your height

You may have heard that shorter men shouldn’t wear tailcoats, but this is just one of many common misconceptions. “Tailcoats can in fact be a better choice as the graduated hemline does not give an absolute separation between the top and bottom halves of the body,” explains our expert, Dave Shaw. Similarly, top hats can also add and give the impression of additional height, as well as sense of occasion.
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV

DON’T... forget to start looking for your suit well ahead of the big day

Ideally you should start looking for your wedding suit three to four months prior to the wedding, perhaps along with the groom. Initial fittings usually take place three months before the wedding with final fittings taking place four to seven days before the big day.
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV
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DO... co-ordinate with the groomsmen and the overall theme

If you thought your daughter’s wedding was the perfect opportunity to wear that James Bond-esque tux, you’d be wrong. Unless that’s fitting with the theme of the day – perhaps Gatsby or Art Deco style – you need to be willing to compromise and wear something to complement the day and the wedding party. Sometimes this may mean light colours and loose attire for a beach wedding; other times it may be tweed to complement a country-inspired wedding at a barn. Obviously, good communication with your daughter and her groom here is key.
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV
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DON’T... be afraid to add a personal touch

The father of the bride role is incredibly important, and as the two of you walk down the aisle all eyes will be on the both of you. With this in mind, consider wearing a one-of-a-kind boutonniere to complement your daughter’s bouquet, or choosing special, custom-made cufflinks for the occasion.
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV

DO... choose complementary accessories

Apart from ensuring that the suit fits perfectly, the father of the bride – along with the rest of the groom’s party – should also choose accessories carefully. Finishing touches really help to create the look and can make a suit.
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV
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DON’T... forget your personal grooming

With all the time you’re going to spend finding the right suit and preparing for the big day it’s only right that you up your personal grooming regime. “When everyone is well groomed it completes the look,” explains Dave Shaw. “A shave, haircut and clean fingernails will be noted and remembered forevermore!”
 

Best dressed guest: Father of the bride | CHWV
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