Top Tips For Looking Good

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

There’s more to a wedding outfit than dry‐cleaning your interview kit. Push the boat out and get ready to take centre stage. Learn the list off by heart and cross it off as the big day approaches.

There’s more to a wedding outfit than dry‐cleaning your interview kit. Push the boat out and get ready to take centre stage

Organise yourself

Don’t think you’ve sorted it all three months before the wedding and then wait until the morning the big day itself to discover it’s all gone pear‐shaped. Check your outfit two weeks before in case you’ve lost weight, picked up the wrong shirt or had a bad attack of moths!

Good looks

If you’re in the wedding party even though you’ll be dressed like the other guys, you still want to look a little different, but do this through a different colour waistcoat, special buttonhole or fancy cravat. Don’t spring any wild colour or pattern surprises on the bride!

In advance

Remember that a hired suit needs to be fitted and ordered well in advance so that it is ready for the big day. If you’re the father of the bride or the groom you can wear ceremonial attire such as a kilt or dress uniform if you are entitled.

Fitted up

For a well‐fitted shirt you should be able to fit no more than one or two fingers between your neck and your collar.

Measure up

For heaven’s sake, get measure properly ‐‐ especially if you suspect your waist measurement isn’t accurate or you’ve put on a bit of weight. Admitting you’re not a 34 any more could prevent you having to spend your wedding day holding your breath in case you lose a button.


Think cufflinks, shirt studs, a decent watch (not the one you got free at the garage), a tie pin, bow tie, a button hole, braces, cummerbund, waistcoat, handkerchief ‐‐ and of course your shoes, which really need to be in keeping with the whole get‐up.

On top of things

So well groomed you’re mistaken for George Clooney? Or do people have trouble telling you and Bob Geldof apart? Either way, this really is a day for looking your best. And that means a haircut, a good shave and even a manicure. Go on, you might enjoy it!

Snap shots

Wedding photographs are a long‐lasting souvenir of the big day. Women are often advised how to look their best in photos but this information rarely filters down to men. Just remember the best tip: don’t slouch!

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