Peggy and Finn caught up with Adam Moore on Mens style and his top tips for dressing as a wedding guest. Here is what he had to say.
Tell us a bit about you
I am a 31-year-old, husband and father of an eight-month-old boy called Teddy. I come from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales but moved to Canberra about eight years ago and haven’t looked back.
I work in the public service by day, and my interest and hobbies include men’s fashion, old-school shaving and I love a nice glass of whisky. About 12 months ago I combined by interests into my Instagram page (@a.d.a.m_moore) to allow a bit of my creative side to flow.
I had previously studied a fair bit of social media marketing, and my page took off. Nothing’s changed for me as my Instagram page is still just a hobby, but it has certainly opened some doors and allowed me to meet some great brands and people who I never thought I would get the opportunity.
Describe your style
I ideally would describe my style as classic men’s fashion, but with a modern twist and attention to detail. I try and stay away from the skinny suits, slim lapels, pants and ties and go with more classic shapes. Not only because they seem to fit my frame better, but they are much more appealing to my eye.
I am drawn towards peak lapels, wider ties in paisleys and geometric patterns and double breasted jackets and waistcoats.
Where do you find inspiration?
Most of my inspiration comes from Instagram; I find it so easy to follow my favourite accounts and have a never-ending feed of inspiration. On top of that, I follow a lot of men’s fashion sites and blogs and regularly pick up at least one men’s fashion mag a month in case I am cut off from the online world.
What are your top tips for dressing as a wedding guest?
I think there are a few key things for nailing the look while the guest at a wedding. My top tips would be:
a) Know the dress code and how strictly it is enforced. I would always err on the side of being over-dressed rather than under-dressed at a wedding. It’s easy to take a jacket off, loosen a tie or even roll up a sleeve if you are over-dressed. It’s not as simple to go the other way.
Feel free to call the contact on the invite to clarify the dress code if you are unsure. Much better to do this than to turn up in the total wrong attire.
b)Never take the attention away from the bride and groom. I think it goes without saying that the bride and groom really should be the stars of the show and while it’s perfectly reasonable to dress up and look good, sometimes showing some restraint is more important than being the best dressed and centre of attention.
Knowing the couples personal style is important when deciding what to wear. Is the couple super on-trend and that means you have some leeway in what you wear? Or are they super-conservative and you may need to tone it down a notch in the dandy stakes?
Remember you aren’t at Pitti Uomo (a twice-yearly men’s fashion expo in Florence) and need to be peacocking around in the dandiest outfit. Nothing wrong with a bright colour or some florals if that’s the case tone down the rest of the look. People will still be able to see the effort you put in without taking away from the bride and groom.
c) We all dress for different reasons and sometimes that’s the impression that we leave on others. My last tip isn’t to do with how you dress at all, but with the impression you leave and the gratitude you show.
Make an effort to approach the parents of both the bride and groom privately. If you have never met them now is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself. Take the time to sincerely thank them for the event that they have put on and for allowing you to be a part of it. Weddings these days take a lot of both time and money, and you have been lucky enough to be invited to share that special day so take the time to be grateful and show your appreciation.
What do you love about Peggy & Finn?
I just absolutely love the story behind Peggy and Finn, being entirely handcrafted from Australian recycled timber means the world to me. In a world now of mass production and cheap knock-offs seeing that a small business can create unique items that are rivalling the best in the world brings a smile to my face.
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