Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thinking Different - The Vintage Suit mixed with some Steampunk Menswear

Even if you don’t decide to take it as far as a theme like Alice in Wonderland, the vintage suit transports your wedding down it’s own rabbit hole of time and class. When you look back on the fashions of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, one of the first things you notice is the impeccable taste in men’s suits. Double breasted, three piece, long coats, and bow ties were just a few of the components making men as handsome as the classic movie stars. So why not take advantage of the vintage suit for the groom?

A nice compliment to the suit is the top hat. Not only will the groom be able to tip his hat to the bride like a true gentleman, but it also adds an aura reminiscent of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, who is the quintessential dream man. Bowler hats, fedoras, and material caps for each groomsmen let’s them stand out in their own way. Just make sure there isn’t any scrapping over the fedora!

Glasses became as much of a fashion sense as the top hat. If there happens to be a bespectacled member of the groomsmen, you can add a monocle attachment to really complete the outfit (These monocle's are actually modern creations from the fictional steampunk era. You can find them at the Steampunk Emporium. Steampunk is a style of futuristic Victorian.). The glasses can even hang from a chain if there isn’t anyone who wears glasses already.

As Victorian as this all sounds, there is still plenty of room for originality! Splashes of color on the lapels, shirts, and ties can send the period stamp of the vintage suit right back to the future. The period stamp of the suits also allow for themes where the style might have been featured.

Alice in Wonderland features some of the most unique clothing right from the era we consider vintage. If you’re looking for coat tails, why not go right for the Cheshire cat’s tail? Not only does the lucky guy who gets to wear the tail get to show off, but also he can really have fun with the character by riddling his way through the day.

Everyone gets to have some flair thanks to the wide variety of the times and fashions then, now and in a time that didn't exist. Sometimes the oldies but goodies are all it takes to make your wedding unique.

Are you Mad-Hatter for the vintage suit?

For more vintage suit ideas, check out:
A little bit of history with the different eras of different menswear at Ruffled
Retrospective Magazine Focuses on some basics of how to dress your man for a vintage wedding.
Vintage Whistles Has a good selection of resources.
Your Vintage Wedding Talks about the characteristics of the different suits and how to be authentic
You can also find some steampunk weddings here, here here and here

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