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32 BRIDES 1989
BY BARBARA PASH
he time of day the wed
ding is held, along with
the bride's gown, deter-
mine the formality of the
men's attire, according to men's
formalwear experts. If the bridal gown
has a train, the men in the bridal party
wear formal attire, regardless of
At a formal daytime wedding, the
groom and ushers wear black or gray
cutaways, gray vests and gray striped
trousers. Completing the outfit are
wing-collar shirts with silk ascots or
fold-collar shirts with four-in-hands.
At a formal evening wedding, the
men in the bridal party wear full dress,
complete with wing-collar shirt and
white vest and tie.
From morning suits to tailcoats,
the required attire for formal weddings
has hardly changed since 1900.
However, there have been a few
developments since then that allow for
Shirts with double wing collars
are being designed with "stud-free"
center plackets. Plain-point collar
shirts are as formal as wing-collar
shirts. Shirt fronts may be pleated or
bib. The current vogue is for a
relatively full-cut shirt body. Shirt
fabrication is usually cotton broadcloth
but some men prefer the lighter feel
of voile or silk.
Bow tie and cummerbunds of
black satin or black faille are always
correct. Cummerbunds traditionally
are worn with horizontal pleats facing
up. New on the scene are diagonally
pleated cummerbunds, as well as
cummerbunds and bow ties in a
rainbow of colors.
Male guests customarily wear
dark business suits to all weddings.
The exception is when the invitation
specifies black tie, which calls for a
black or white tux.