As he looks back on his outfit for his Barwon Heads restaurant wedding, Mark remembers how important it was for him to wear something casual and comfortable – and to accessorize his look with a smart bowtie!

“I was not overly fussed about what the boys and I wore on the day but I wanted something that was a little different to the staple black, grey or navy. Having our big day by the beach I wanted to keep the look relaxed and neutral. A simple white shirt with tan pants tied in perfectly with the bridesmaids’ dresses and the theme of the day.”

“I did want to wear a bow tie but I couldn’t find one that I really liked.  I ordered two online one week before the wedding but the day before they still hadn’t arrived!  It was a huge surprise for Brooke to see me wearing a fun bowtie as she walked down the aisle towards me (they arrived an hour before the boys and I left for the wedding!)

Barown Heads Ceremony venue

Beachside wedding attire

Wedding photo by Karina Jade Photography

Wedding dance as newlyweds

Newlyweds in Barwon Heads

Karina Jade Photography

Images by Karina Jade Photography

Image via Ralph Lauren

Men’s formalwear in 2017 sees a blast from the past as well as ultra-contemporary themes; trends to look out for include double breasted jackets, draped pants, denim, slim fit suits and colour matching socks.

Double breasted jackets – First introduced in the ‘30s, the double breasted jacket originally had six buttons, with three that could fasten. Nowadays, most consist of a column of buttons for decoration and another column of functional buttons. There are heaps of modish double breasted jacket styles out there, from cosy flannel to outdoorsy fresco wool.

Image via J.Crew

Draped pants – Don’t be afraid to play with pants that are a wider cut than your typical straight design. No, we’re not talking flares or pants that are oversized and desperately need a belt! We’re talking slightly baggy but still well fitted! Draped pants will provide your outfit with that modern twist that it’s missing.

Image via Mr Porter

Denim – Denim has only recently become a material utilised for luxury pieces. It’s always been thought of as representing a casual look, but thanks to technology, gorgeous weaves are being produced, and we are being gifted with stellar denim garments and accessories that we can wear to formal events.

Image via Matches Fashion

Slim fit suits – Slim fitted suits are nothing new but in 2017 they’ll be on a roll. They hug the body, accentuating the figure, which generally looks more appealing than a physique that is lost in a loose suit. Slim fit suits are indeed comfortable to wear too contrary to popular belief, because they are contain stretchy fibres!

Image via Van Heusen

Colour matching socks – The colour matching sock trend is peaking right now. It involves choosing your sock colour to match back to the same colour as your trousers, so they basically look like one! This ‘double up’ effect makes for a minimal and refined appearance which  just looks so stylish together!

Image via Van Heusen

Images via Mr Porter


Ms Chinoiserie Says: Some fabulous new looks for the super stylish groom this season – love the denim!

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Walking your bride down the aisle, together arm in arm, is a special choice to make for your wedding day, but it’s waiting for her to arrive which gets the butterflies going as Shane remembers as he reminisces about his fun Perth garden wedding.

“The vivid memory I have of the day is the nervous wait for Sara as she walked around the lake to meet me at the top of the aisle. It seemed to take forever even though it was probably only moments. The image of her walking up to meet me is something I will remember forever.”

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Images by Fiona Hoy Photography