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The Cotswold Tailor

We are thrilled to be able to recommend the award winning tailor, The Cotswold Tailor. They perfectly take traditional British cloths and tailors them with a contemporary twist. This results in unique, elegant designs, that stand out from the usual mass produced clothing on the high street. Please read below to find out more …..

The Cotswold Tailor has been hand crafting bespoke suits for almost 10 years. Even in this relatively short time, wedding suit trends have changed dramatically. When we first started, the wedding hire market was awash with, grey frock coats, swirly satin paisley waistcoats, and wide fitting pleated trousers. And if that wasn’t enough the outfits were finished with rather nasty polyester cravats. Thankfully times have moved on since then. Over the last 5 years we have seen a surge in demand for Barn and country venue weddings. In the Cotswold’s, where our two shops are located, this trend is even more prevalent. The increase in demand for more natural, vintage weddings has been felt across all segments of the wedding market. From a shift towards, lifestyle/storyboard type photographers, to florists using seasonal UK grown flowers. This move really has, enabled the creative juices to run wild. The precise and sometimes precious boundaries that once seemed to govern weddings, have all but gone. Replaced by the desire for creativity, bespoke designs and originality.

As a result of these changes, wedding suit styles have also evolved. The Cotswold Tailor is one of the largest stockists of tweed wedding hire in the country. As grooms look for a more relaxed, natural/vintage look, the popularity of tweed has increased dramatically. This has concurrently led to several other trends, we see today in men’s hire-wear.

* Chinos – as some brides/grooms opt for a more relaxed look, they are deciding to pair the tweed waistcoats/jackets with a pair of chinos rather than matching tweed trousers.

* To Tie Or Not To Tie – Cravats are long gone thankfully, and in its place there has been a huge increase in demand for bow ties. Although not to everybody’s taste, if you have the ‘right look’, a bow tie can look great. Perfect for gents with facial hair, looking for a more vintage ‘GQ’ look. Why not look at the liberty range, these are very on trend at the minute.

* Tailored Fitting Trousers – In the last two years, skinny fit jeans with built in elastane have become incredibly popular. As a result more and more grooms are looking for a tighter fitting trouser. As the majority of hire-wear customers cross hire their suits in, grooms are left with a wider fitting trouser that they are not happy with. Instead of just ‘making do’ why not opt for a hire-wear company that is able to offer an alteration service of their stock, ensuring the exact fit you desire.

* To Buy Or Not To Buy – Many grooms like the idea of both being able to personalise their wedding suit, and having a wedding suit that fits them perfectly. Our bespoke tailoring service and alterations service ensures just that. Because all of our wedding hire is unique to us, we even offer both a purchase option and a hire option within the same ranges.

Looks to the future ….

It’s difficult to say with complete certainty, wedding suit hire trends are a reflection of what else is going on in the market. However, we are starting to see an increase in demand for more formal wedding attire once more. As such it wouldn’t surprise me if in a 2-3 years’ time, morning suits and traditional waistcoats are once again ‘back in vogue’.

One philosophy we have tried to follow when creating our hire wear range, is to tailor suits which offer timeless elegance. Our navy suits are dark enough they don’t look faddish and our morning suits are a tailored cut, not a slim or traditional cut. As such by using the best 100% woollen fabrics, pairing them with an elegant cut and offering a comprehensive alterations service, we ensure our grooms won’t look back at their wedding photos in years to come with regret.