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WILLS COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA WORE.. fashion.

Byline: NIAMH McENEANEY

Well, it was to be expected, but it didn't make it any less disappointing.

There was so much speculation about what Prince William was going to wear for his wedding to Kate Middleton - not as much interest as regards what she was going to wear, obviously, but the groom's chosen attire certainly occupied its fair share of column inches.

What a waste of time - it was always going to come down to a choice of three: 1. RAF uniform, 2. Royal Navy uniform or 3. Army uniform. How predictable. The only way his outfit was going to stir the faintest hint of excitement was if you had a bet going on William Hill over what, well, William was going to wear.

It was more or less confirmed that he would be kitted out by a bespoke outfitters which has a long association with the royals - tailors Gieves & Hawkes, based in London's Savile Row.

In other words, he would wear what his grandfather wore when he married his gran more than 60 years ago, what his dad wore when he married his mum in 1977, and what his uncle wore when he married Sarah Ferguson in 1986. Could he not move with the times?

A source said before the big day: "Prince William did have the option to wear a normal suit but has decided he will wear a military uniform." Why oh why? He is young, he likes to party, therefore, his suit should have reflected that.

As I turned on the TV and settled down to watch the ceremony (fashion show) I have to say William's attire was last on my check-itout-list. Yes he did wear the military uniform.. but much to my delight, it had a modern twist. It was bright, colourful and young.

And when he left hand in hand with Kate I have to admit his choice was the right one as she did her best to look like a princess out of a fairytale, so it was only fitting he looked like her handsome prince.

So, grooms to be, it is down to you to also embrace change. If Prince William can do it, despite having two and a half billion eyes on him, so can you. Ditch the stuffy top hat and tails ensemble and opt for something fun, trendy and more importantly, flattering.

A good place to start is menswear specialists Remus Uomo.

Spokesman Richard Finlay said: "We regularly have wedding parties of six, seven and eight coming into the Remus Uomo

store in Victoria Square for suiting and booting. Couples are deciding that buying a wedding suit you can wear again and again makes much more economic sense than hiring one to wear once.

"The current suit trend signals a return to sophisticated tailoring, with structured shoulders and sharp silhouettes. The morning suit has become very much a 'high society' item, with most mainstream weddings opting for good quality formal suits in wool rich fabrics in black, grey and lately navy.

"Lapels and shirt collars come in a choice of both slimmer and wider shapes - anything goes right now. While waistcoats are very much back in vogue and bring a welcome air of formality to the proceedings.

Ties, in both slimmer and wider shapes, are selling in plain black, grey and white, as well as a colourful range of floral and striped patterns, which are popular for toning into the wedding palette while adding a touch of frivolity and individuality."

dates for your diary..

CHARITIES Pretty 'n' Pink, the Alzheimer Society Northern Ireland and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland are due to benefit from a glamorous charity lunch event today at Belfast's Europa Hotel from 12pm. Guests can enjoy a delicious lunch whilst being treated to a fashion show from Designers at Debenhams as well as getting style and make up advice from renowned makeup artist Marcus Hunter Neil. Tickets cost EUR45 and can be bought by contacting Eileen on 00447894 736567.

RETHINK Revamp Restyle will close the first phase of its workshop programme with an action-packed open day at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on May 14 from 11am to 5pm. The event will offer the public an insight of how easy it is to rethink waste in the home. Visitors will be treated to demonstrations from local designers on how to revamp furniture and revive textiles. For more information contact www.rethinkrevamprestyle.com

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Waistcoat EUR52, Rome shirt EUR35 and tie, EUR17.99 from Remus Uomo

Luca suit EUR157, Rome formal shirt, EUR34.99 & tie EUR17.99 from Remus Uomo

Pierro suit EUR225, Seville shirt EUR34.99 & tie EUR17.99 from Remus Uomo

Luca jacket EUR157 waistcoat EUR51.99 and tie EUR17.99 from Remus Uomo

Palzano suit EUR225, shirt EUR34.99 and tie EUR17.99 from Remus Uomo

Above: Burberry London Milbury twobutton wool suit EUR786 from mrporter.com Below: Shirt EUR124 Tween, cobalt blue blazer EUR215 G Star Raw, black reversible belt EUR29.50 Linea, cobalt blue chinos EUR113 Scotch & Soda, all House of Fraser

Above: Ben Sherman Camden blue tonic notch lapel jacket EUR154 and trousers EUR86 from Asos Below: Cream tuxedo suit EUR1,482 Viktor & Rolf at mrporter.com

Above: J by Jasper Conran suit EUR260, shirt EUR38 and tie EUR20, from Debenhams Below: Three-piece suit EUR281, shirt EUR45, tie EUR24 Studio by Jeff Banks, at Debenhams

Above: Anthony pinstripe wool suit EUR1,782 from Ralph Lauren Black Label Below: Wool shawl collar tuxedo suit EUR1,969 from Gucci at mrporter.com

Studio by Jeff Banks suit EUR225 and Jeff Banks polo EUR33 from Debenhams
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Date:May 7, 2011
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