Rustic Groomswear: Styling Advice from Cad & The Dandy

We asked suit experts Cad & The Dandy for their top tips when it comes to rustic groomswear - what to consider and how to style it


If you’re planning a rustic wedding and you have the perfect woodland wedding venue and the dreamiest bohemian wedding dress, all you need now is the right rustic groomswear.

Rustic style groomswear in a light colour from Cad & The Dandy

We caught up with professional tailors Cad & the Dandy to find out how to get the perfect rustic look when choosing your groomswear. From the style of the suit you should choose to the types of fabrics and even the colours, their expert advice will guarantee you look amazing on your wedding day.

What is rustic groomswear to Cad & The Dandy?

The ability to look relevant, stylish and elegant on a wedding day and not like you’ve picked the easy option of picking a blue or grey suit like it’s another day at the office.

What kind of fabrics should the groom consider if he wants to give his suit a rustic feel?

Herringbones, pic’n’pic, country checks and city tweeds are all worth consideration but the final choice is dependent on the time of year and location for the event, as cloth weights can vary a great deal. If you’re thinking about summer groomswear, you may want a lighter fabric whilst winter grooms can consider thicker, coarser materials.

Tweed style rustic wedding suit from Cad and the Dandy

Which colours do you recommend for a rustic style suit?

Rusts, browns, mustards and olive greens.

Mustard toned checked suit from Cad and the Dandy

Brown seems to be the standard colourway when it comes to a rustic look – should grooms be making bolder choices when it comes to suit colours? 

Tweeds are a great choice as they contain many of rustic colour groups but can also be selected to introduce complimentary hues such as purples blues and reds.

What colour shoes would work?

Brown - chestnut, oxblood, fox suede. There are so many options other than black.

Which style do you recommend – a two piece suit or a three piece?

We always recommend investing in a three piece as this offers a lot more in terms of flexibility of wear, both during and after the wedding day. The jacket can be dressed down with jeans for casual weekend wear while the suit as a three piece can be worn again, or in warmer weather just the waistcoat and trousers.

Light toned rustic groomswear from Cad and the Dandy

What accessories should the groom consider for his rustic wedding suit?

You should always contrast with bright colours which can be introduced to the overall look via ties, pocket squares and braces.

Is this a style of suit that can be worn again after the big day?

Yes absolutely, especially if you go for the three piece which can be mixed and matched to suit a variety of different outfits and occasions.

If a custom made suit is within budget, is it worth considering?

A bespoke suit is an investment that, unlike a wedding dress, can be worn time and again. It also affords a perfect fit, accentuating your finer features to give you a perfect silhouette.

Mustard coloured rustic wedding suit from Cad and the Dandy

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve followed Cad & the Dandy’s expert advice and taken on board their ideas, we know you’ll have the perfect rustic wedding look sorted. Browse our accessory guide below for the ideal finishing touches to make sure you look seriously dapper on the big day.

A pair of quirky groom’s socks are a great way to add a pop of colour and some personality to your wedding attire. We love these ‘Hertford’ chunky herringbone socks from Pantherella.

Chunky herringbone patterned socks

If the groom is wearing a shirt that requires cufflinks, why not pick some that relate to a passion or hobby? We are big fans of this rustic-looking ship themed cufflinks by Paul Smith at Jules B. They’re a great idea for a groomsmen gift too.

Ship themed cufflinks from Paul Smith

Make sure you’re on time by sporting a seriously stylish watch. The Kensington by Abbott Lyon with its brown strap and white face with gold edging will go perfectly with a suit in a rustic colour palette. A watch is a lovely idea if you’re looking for a wedding gift for the groom too – engrave it with a personal message and it becomes a keepsake to treasure forever.

Brown leather watch from Abbott Lyon

A pocket square adds a formal flourish to any suit, but why not mix it up by adding a twist to the classic – we love this wooden pocket square from ManGunBear which adds a bright and bold pop of colour. It won’t slip down as the day goes on and will result in lots of compliments.

Patterned wooden pocket square

It’s traditional for the groom and groomsmen to wear buttonholes, but you can add a rustic twist by choosing an alternative buttonhole. We love this one made from sheet music and wheat from RachelEmmaStudio on Etsy- and it’s only £5!

Rustic buttonhole made from sheet music and wheat

A waistcoat can give any suit a formal feel. Sir Plus create clothing from excess material, meaning they're good for the environment too. This oatmeal coloured waistcoat would be perfect with a rustic suit.

Double breasted waistcoat in oatmeal from Sir Plus

A pair of smart brown brogues are a good way to finish off a rustic wedding suit. We love the pair below by Oliver Sweeney at Jules B, which come in brown and light brown. They’ll wear really well and you can use them for work and formal occasions after the big day without feeling too overdressed.

Brown leather brogues from Oliver Sweeney

If you’re still trying to make your mind up when it comes to groomswear, we have 25 grooms who nailed the summer groomswear look – be inspired by them!


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