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    Wedding jacket style advice

    Hello all,
    Newbie to the forum but I been wearing kilts for over a decade. Yet, I have never worn/purchased any type of jacket before.
    I am a year away from my wedding and have a dilemma and am looking for advice.
    I am a short and round chunky monkey kind of guy, and I am trying to find educated advice regarding which cut of jacket would be most flattering for a short and round guy: an argyle or a Prince Charlie?
    Note: Whichever jacket I end up getting will be custom made. I am not an "off the rack" kind of sized person

    I have tried researching and found out a few things:
    *Pics online but 90% are models with 0% body fat
    *I'm in shape. Round IS a shape.
    *An argyle is more versatile and a PC is the equivalent of a tux (Either style would work as we are having the ceremony outside 4pm in October and the reception in a posh barn style venue)
    *PC jackets with 3 button vests are supposed to look better on bigger guys
    *Argyle vests worn under the argyle jackets are 5 buttons (Not sure how a 5 button waistcoat would look on a shorter guy, as I have always been told that a short guy should wear 3)
    *There is nothing local that would allow me the benefit of trying on either style jacket in person

    Any fellas out there who can help me make an informed decision?
    Thanks in advance for your time.

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    Personally I think the argyl would look better as the 5 button waistcoat tends to level things out, whereas a 3 button PC type waistcoat emphasises a protuberance.

    I guess the obvious answer is to go and try them on and see what you/future wife thinks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    Personally I think the argyl would look better as the 5 button waistcoat tends to level things out, whereas a 3 button PC type waistcoat emphasises a protuberance.
    I agree completely. And for the time/venue described for this wedding, I think an Argyle would be more appropriate.

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    Lightbulb Just a thought

    What about going through a Rental store and renting a jacket just to check size and fit before making a final decision.
    As you have a year before the big Event, perhaps schedule a road trip weekend to a kilt store/rental store. It might spark
    a few alternative ideas
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    I’d also recommend an Argyll jacket and waistcoat. I’m tall but rounded.

    I got an excellent ex-hire (rental) Argyll jacket with “Prince Charlie cuffs” (silver buttons in a line instead of around the cuff) and 5-button waistcoat from J. Higgins that didn’t break the bank. I wear it to formal events several times a year.
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    As a MOS (man of substance) I will offer my advice. By the way ‘pear’ is also a shape.
    An Argyle jacket is much more flattering for those of ‘shape’. I would suggest not having a vest (waist coat). I would even suggest a dark tweed rather than a silver buttoned black barathea. You would look traditionally dignified while your bride would be the center of attention (as she should be.)
    Just my thoughts.
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    well, that comes from poor judgement."
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    Have you thought about tweed instead? It's my choice every time (for attending a wedding; never been married ).
    Last edited by figheadair; 29th September 18 at 09:54 AM.

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    On my black argyle all the chrome buttons have been replaced with silk buttons of the exact shade as the jacket. From a few feet back the buttons disappear. Closer and a difference in texture is all that is noticed.

    Perhaps by replacing chrome buttons on a black argyle would deempasize your shape as you wouldn't have shiney buttons sort of outlining your contours.

    Personally I like the charcoal tweed kilt kut suit coat I bought at Freedom Kilts. It is dark and not very tweedy. The faux antler buttons have been replaced with ordinary suit buttons of an almost matching shade. It goes very well with everything and I wouldn't hesitate to wear to a wedding of my own, or in my case a pending divorce.
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    I wore a gray tweed with the Royal Stewart tartan for my wedding. My twin brother wore the Graham of Menteith tartan for his wedding and I wanted to wear my Mothers tartan on the day. I think an outfit like that works wonderfully and will not overshadow anyone. Here is an older thread regarding wedding attire, my photo is on page 2 and there are some great examples throughout.

    http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/f...68/index2.html

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