The Groom’s Guide to a Fashionably Great Wedding
Try on some of these tips about suits and tuxedos- everything from bow ties to cuff links to those wingtips you’ve had in your closet, waiting for the right moment to bust them out.
Let’s make one thing clear: This guide isn’t just for guys looking to level up their wedding fashion game. Picking the right suir or tux to make you feel confident isn’t exclusive to men; we encourage anyone, regardless of gender or orientation, to use this guide to help you dress and feel your best. A special thank you to Bernard’s Formalwear and Kannon’s Clothing for the tips. Great selection and service are just the beginning of what these shops offer. Without further “I do” let’s begin creating your fashionably great wedding!
Let’s Plan That Good Looking Tux!
Start shopping for your ideal tux or suit three to six months in advance, but don’t let that stop you from getting a good idea of what you want even earlier. Take into account when the wedding is taking place. This sounds obvious, but ensuring your comfort during the event is helpful when you’re trying to look and feel good. You’ll also want to note the wedding color palette before you shop. There are sound arguments for both renting and buying tuxedos and suits, but renting is the more affordable option. For tuxedos, the average rental price is between $150 and $200.
Fit Your Style
You want to dress in a way that complements your significant other’s attire. Be sure to write down or take a picture of your significant other’s attire so that you can match accordingly. If you’re a groomsman, your formalwear should accentuate the groom. Ultimately, the wedding party is a cohesive unit with coordinated attire; when in doubt, always consult the couple before making final decisions.
Although weddings tend to follow a general formula, that shouldn’t stop you from expressing yourself on your individual style. One of the most popular ways people do this through their use of accessories. Looking to up your accessory game? Look no further.
The Art of Accessorizing
The necktie vs. bow tie debate has come back on to the scene suddenly and powerfully. Do you go for a dapper bow tie or the more reserved, yet elegant neck tie? Depending on the cut of your suit or tux, you can opt for skinny or traditional ties. As a general rule, look at the lapels. Wider lapels should be complemented by more traditional ties. Slim fit suits with thinner lapels can be worn with skinny ties. Bow ties, on the other hand, make their statement not with their shape, but with their designs. Striped, polka dotted, plain, you name it – there’s a bow tie pattern for any occasion.
Take These Shoes, Take My Whole Life Too
Now for the shoes. There are a multitude of styles to choose from, but try to find one that you look and feel comfortable wearing. Oxfords are a versatile and timeless option, while derby shoes are more often used in less formal settings. The monk strap style doesn’t incorporate any laces but can be a great option if you’re looking to make a statement. Increasingly popular these days are dress boots, which can come in various styles and offer a stylish revamp to many wedding outfits. At the end of the day, the ensemble beings from the bottom up. Choose a shoe that does you and your style justice, and work from there!
Learn more about creating a fashionably great wedding here!
Written by Jack LaMarche