Suits in fabrics that have relatively small, subtle checks or windowpanes are useful. They’re versatile, because depending on the accessories you choose, they can easily be dressed up or down. With a plaid wool tie and brown monk-strap shoes, as here, it’s a more casual look; with a small-patterned (“neat” or “foulard”) tie and black cap-toes, you can go almost anywhere but your own wedding.
Suit: Hickey-Freeman, thrifted, $20
Shirt: Luciano Barbera, bought secondhand online, $22
Tie: J. Press, thrifted, $8
Pocket Square: Stein Mart, $9
Shoes: Crockett & Jones for Brooks Brothers, clearance, $180
At retail prices: Close to $2000