Grooms: TTKS writers style the men in their lives

Do men and girls see dresses in different ways? To find out, we despatched a few of our writers to Scotland’s top rated groomswear retailers with a male buddy or relative in tow…

TTKS editor Beth Forsyth and buddy Monthly bill

a closeup of pink tartan kilt with a ilver kilt pin; an image of Beth and her friend Bill; a man poses in a three piece suit
Left: SAMH tartan 7-property kilt, from £375 Proper: Black Velvet evening jacket with Black Observe fishtail trousers and waistcoat, £505, equally Slanj Kilts Inset: Beth with her buddy Invoice

Monthly bill, my Sri-Mancan bestie (that is Sri Lankan and Mancunian in situation you are thinking), lives for dressing up. He’s at his happiest setting up outfits for Halloween or fancy-gown functions. Involving you and me, while, we’re at that age the place there are fewer these kinds of invites and far more 40ths and weddings to go to instead. Even in his day-to-working day existence, Monthly bill is a natty dresser, so I relished getting him searching.

Our very first stop was Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers in Edinburgh, exactly where I picked out tartan trews for him, furthermore a blue tweed jacket and waistcoat (shown under proper). Seeing as Monthly bill has a collection of bow ties that could rival Imelda Marcos’s obsession with footwear, I chose a entertaining floral-print bow tie to accessorise the outfit. 

His individual select was a bespoke gray tweed examine suit with an eye-catching silk lining, alongside one another with a navy wool waistcoat (shown below left). He informed me he felt he’d be able to put on each of these products independently yet again to function conferences. Fair place.

A man holds his suit jacket open to show his tweed waistcoat; a man in a three piece suit leans against a wall
Still left: Tailored Kirkton 530 Lovat Mill tweed suit with Kirkton 584 contrasting navy tweed waistcoat, with twilight tie and black thistle working day brogues, £POA Suitable: Bespoke Highland Mist trews outfit with Liberty-print pocket sq. and bow tie, £POA, the two Gordon Nicolson Kiltmakers

At Slanj Kilts in Glasgow, he was eager to get into a kilt. As an adopted Scotsman (with the tattoo to demonstrate it), he previously has 1 of his have, but it has taken a hammering at festivals and he admits he could do with an up grade. He’s not shy of a flash of pink, so he tried on an outfit centered all-around the Scottish Association for Psychological Wellbeing tartan (proven major still left). As if its sweet check on your own was not more than enough to entice him, when he identified that 20% of every sale goes direct to the SAMH charity, he was sold.

In the meantime, I scoured the rails at the Bathtub Road retail outlet for one more expense-per-have on winner and reckoned he’d get a whole lot of mileage out of trews and a waistcoat in the Black Enjoy tartan (revealed top correct). And who understands: the velvet jacket it’s worn with may possibly even get a spin again if he goes guising as Gomez Addams.


Workers writer Nicole Conner and brother Rhys

A man poses in a grey three-piece suit; Nicole with her brother Rhys; a man poses in a blue three-piece suit
Remaining: Slim-fit wool-blend blend-and-match go well with jacket, £189, waistcoat, £65, and trousers, £95 Appropriate: Slim-suit blend-and-match match jacket in gray, £205, and trousers, £105, both Remus Uomo Inset: Nicole with her brother, Rhys

Rhys is a single of my best mates for lots of causes, but one particular generally stands out: we have the very same taste in clothes. By this, I imply he purchases wonderful things and I get to steal them from his wardrobe. I went with him when he was browsing for his prom suit a several a long time back and liked all his picks, and it was the exact same when we browsed the rails at groomswear stores lately. 

That prom suit was a sleek navy with deep burgundy checks, so I had an idea of what he’d go for when we frequented Remus Uomo in Silverburn: an uncomplicated-to-have on hue that however packed a punch. He settled on a crisp grey match (revealed higher than left) pretty much instantly, drawn in by the checks: they insert aptitude but are refined plenty of not to overpower. The fit would perform with a wide vary of shoes and shirts, so styling possibilities post-marriage are endless.

My selection was a vintage navy fit (revealed previously mentioned right) – effort­lessly dapper whatever the period or venue. It will function with any marriage colour scheme and, for enthusiasts of a daring tie, like Rhys, it will pair properly with far more out-there equipment. 

a man in a grey kilt outfit poses in front of a fireplace, which is decorated with candles; a man in a tweed kilt outfit
Still left: Lomond gray tweed kilt outfit, £995 Right: Starter Oban tweed kilt outfit, £580, the two MacGregor and MacDuff

My brother final wore a kilt a 10 years ago, but even just before we arrived at MacGregor and MacDuff, I realized what he would be steering clear of: tremendous-formal Prince Charlie jackets and vivid tartans. And, confident sufficient, he made a beeline for the Oban Mist kilt outfit (proven previously mentioned correct), whose dark greys and browns felt simple to use for another person not used to Highland gown. I felt he need to go a minor brighter – the Lomond Mist kilt outfit (demonstrated above still left) would be my variety. Its delicate flashes of rose and white make the gray base pop. Our image displays it with a tartan tie, but Rhys said he would have swapped that for a thing dazzling pink. 


Employees author Olivia Simpson and father Frazer

A man poses in a double-breasted suit; Olivia and her dad Frazer; a man poses in a blue suit
Left: Built To Purchase double-breasted suit, from £449 for a two-piece match, from £599 for a a few-piece suit Appropriate: Manufactured To Get blue checked accommodate, from £449 for a two-piece accommodate, from £599 for a a few-piece accommodate, both Slater Menswear Inset: Olivia and her father

My father was under no circumstances known for his sartorial savvy, but matters have began to transform. He has formulated a penchant for ‘West End’ shirts (patterned numbers in pink and red which he sports in the Finnieston eateries beloved of the center-aged set), and previous Christmas my sister and I bought him a dandy vintage coat that I know he’s wanting ahead to cracking out again this season. What is it they say about leopards and spots?

His formalwear, having said that, has viewed no these types of development. His satisfies are beautifully serviceable and the kilt he obtained for his own marriage ceremony in 1991 however does the trick, but it’s time for a swap-up. We started out with fits: browsing some of the appears from the Slater Menswear’s ‘Made To Order’ assistance, he was drawn to this smooth blue variety (demonstrated earlier mentioned correct), prepared to be accessorised with a snazzy tie and pocket square for further panache. Beloved of Mafia bosses and Wolf of Wall Street kinds, a double-breasted accommodate would be a authentic leap into the unfamiliar for my Glasgow born-and-bred father, but this fashion (proven higher than left) is pared-back again enough to really feel snug alternatively than costumey and, at six foot tall, he has the height to pull it off without having hunting stocky.

A man in a blue kilt outfit; a man in a green velvet tuxedo jacket
Remaining: Douglas Fashionable kilt, Edwardian gray jacket and waistcoat, Black View bow tie and Satisfaction selection mid-grey sporran, outfit from £92 to retain the services of, and £1,049 to purchase Correct: Black Watch trews, from £250, Black Enjoy bow tie, £32, bespoke environmentally friendly velvet evening meal jacket, from £350 all McCalls

For incredibly formal occasions, his go-to will generally be a kilt, and he appreciated how wearable the tones in this tailor made McCalls glance are (shown over right), and how it could changeover from day to night time. That mentioned, I’d love to see him in anything thoroughly new. When I uttered the terms “velvet tuxedo”, his scepticism was palpable, but, given the point that he is continually telling me to “seize the day” any time I question myself, I’m not allowing him off that effortlessly. It is his flip to be bold, and what far better way to carpe that diem than in this emerald-eco-friendly natural beauty (shown above correct)? Fortune (and vogue) favour the brave, right after all. 

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