For many fathers of the bride, a wedding can be a nerve-wracking prospect. Tasked with walking his daughter down the aisle, as well as the traditional speech at the reception, all eyes will be on Dad for a large proportion of the day. So what he chooses to wear is crucial factor, given he’s going to be spending a lot of time in the spotlight.
Obviously you want your dad to be comfortable if he’s not used to making speeches or having lots of attention. The weather also plays a part, e.g. if you’re getting married in the height of summer or on a tropical beach, you don’t want him sweating with nerves in a suffocating suit.
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That being said, what Dad decides to wear depends on what your husband-to-be is wearing – traditionally his outfit should follow the style of the groom’s. For example, he should try and wear the same colour or something similar. If the dress code is very formal and the groom and groomsmen are all wearing morning suits or tuxedos, he should take his cue from them. The groom can always invite his father and father-in-law along when he picks out a suit, so the dads can find an outfit along the same lines.
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However, when it comes to accessories, your dad doesn’t have to restrict himself to how the groom chooses to style up his suit. Usually all the men will be wearing the same flower buttonholes, but when it comes to ties, bow ties and cufflinks, your dad can go to town – perhaps coordinating with his wife’s outfit. He might even want to go all out with a debonair pocket square! Obviously super bright accessories in vivid colours might clash, so make sure you’re ok with what Pops decides beforehand to avoid any sartorial mishaps!
Scroll down for some fab father-of-the-bride fashion to help you get started.
These sparklers are guaranteed to cause a stir. Budd London Diamond Sterling Silver Cufflinks in Mother of Pearl, £925
Fab father-of-the-bride braces
He’ll be a dapper dad in a pair of these classic braces. From a selection at Oliver Brown, £69
Shoes to walk down the aisle in
This red wingtip brogue puts a jazzy twist on a classic design. Bertie Packman Brogue, £60
For timeless style, you can’t go wrong with a patent Oxford brogue. From a selection at Manolo Blahnik, £POA
Statement pocket squares
A vibrant pocket square will allow Dad’s eccentric side to show through without upstaging the groom! Liberty Ianthe Printed Silk Pocket Square, £50
This will add a touch of panache to any proud poppa’s outfit. Hugo Boss Silk Pocket Square with Printed Bear Motif, £25
If it’s a fairly laid-back dress code, this waistcoat is smart without being too formal. Topman Heritage Brown Check Skinny Fit Waistcoat, £40
Or else you can go full on ‘Brideshead Revisited’ with this regal peacock number. From a selection at Favourbrook, prices start at £250
If Dad’s not a fan of traditional black suits, a bold floral shirt is a great choice for a casual summer wedding. Simon Carter, £130.
Whether it’s for Pops or any of the groomsmen, you can’t go wrong with a crisp white shirt. Brooks Brothers Non-Iron Cotton Shirt, £119
Fun father-of-the-bride ties
If Dad fancies himself a bit of a dandy à la Beau Brummell, he’ll love this quirky pheasant-pattern bowtie. Oliver Brown, £59
This navy blue tie was made to go with everything. Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant at Debenhams, £20
Smart suit jackets
Not everyone wants to wear black. A grey suit is just as demure but less funereal. Tailor Made, (also available with trousers), £POA
If Dad’s young at heart, a suit jacket with skinny lapels and a bowtie will look less austere. Chester Barrie (available as part of a 2-piece suit), £900
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