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What is morningwear, anyway? With the lowdown from our experts, getting ready for the big day will be easier than you think.

 

Basically, morningwear is today’s formal wear (the three-piece suits you wouldn’t wear to work or to black-tie dos). Think tails and three-quarter-length jackets, and you’ll be on the money.

Most men don’t need to wear morningwear very often, so it makes sense to hire it as and when you need to. Plus, for weddings, there’s a good chance you’ll need to match your suit with others.

 

 

WHEN IS MORNINGWEAR A MUST?

The obvious answer here is weddings, and only really if you’re one of the groomsmen. You might also need to dig out your morningwear for a day at the races, especially if you’re in an exclusive enclosure.

Some men prefer the more laidback look of three-quarter-length jackets for their weddings, while others choose tails for something more traditional.

 

 

WHY IS IT CALLED MORNINGWEAR?

Tails are pretty overdressed for Monday to Friday these days, but they used to be the standard outfit from sunrise until about 5pm when men would change into something even fancier. Watch a clip of Downton Abbey and you’ll see what we mean.

So, it’s called morningwear simply because it was worn before the evening. As fashion relaxed over the years, tails became reserved for marking certain occasions. And that’s how we think of them today too.

 

HOW SHOULD TAILS FIT?

Tails fit a bit differently to lounge suits, so keep these pointers in mind to look your absolute best in the limelight.

 

WANT SOMETHING CLASSIC?

There’s something special about tails. To look traditional for the big day, go for a tail suit with contrasting pinstripe trousers and a silk waistcoat, with or without a swirl pattern. You can coordinate your pocket square, cravat and/or waistcoat with the bridesmaids for a complete wedding party look. It’s a line-up that lots of grooms go for.

 

 

OR MAYBE SOMETHING ON-TREND?

Blue is big at the moment, and there are lots of blue tail suits that allow you to dress in a classic way with an on-trend feel. From bright shades to navy hues, there are a few to choose from. Our hire experts will help you decide the best shade to go with your pocket squares and cravats – some will simply offset the colour better than others.

 

 

LOOKING FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO TAILS?

If you’re after a more relaxed look, you could choose a three-quarter length jacket, which still classes as morningwear. It’s fitted like a lounge suit, just with a longer length.

 

 

JUST NOT SURE?

Book an appointment with your local Moss Bros. hire expert and you’ll have plenty of time to try on a few options.