As your groom transitions from a single, engaged guy to a married man, he will more than likely purchase some new attire. Our guide will help him define his style and create a fashion-forward wardrobe with universal appeal.
Tuxedos and suits
Although the bride and her dress usually are, to be fair, the center of attention, that does not mean her groom and his attire should or will go unnoticed. The most important piece to men's formalwear is taking the extra time to find a tuxedo or suit that fits well and flatters rather than a look that is just "meh." Done right, a groom can find the perfect fit to formalwear that can be worn again after the matrimonial festivities are over, from black-tie galas to, yes, other people's weddings as well.
A few pointers:
Style. Just like anything else, tuxedo and formal suit styles go in and out of fashion all the time. Some looks are in no way timeless, as evidenced by a typical wedding party photo from the 1970s. However, there are some popular fall and winter trends right now that, for many men, will tick all the boxes: look good, fit well and have a timeless appeal that will not make you want to bury all evidence that your ever wore such a thing. If you are questioning whether or not to go with a tuxedo rather than a suit for your Big Day, a simpler formal suit can, in fact, be dressed up for a very formal occasion (like a wedding) with the careful use of accessories and with the added advantage of being worn again at the office holiday party (without people asking where the bride is).
Color. You do not have to limit yourself to black, especially because black does not suit everyone's skin tone. A naturally pale skinned person, for example, could end up looking more like a member of a vampire's entourage than part of an elegant wedding party if they opt for a jet-black number. Midnight blue and various gray tones are flattering on many men and very fashion-forward for suits and tuxedos this year.
Fit. Getting the right fit is more important than anything else. Whatever the brand name, the cloth used, the accessories added, if the tux or suit does not truly fit correctly then it is never going to look right. The idea of visiting a tailor and being measured and fitted may seem a bit fussy, but doing so really is the only way to ensure that you will look and feel your best for your Big Day. A good fitting suit always will transcend style.
What's trending? Old Hollywood elegance is very big right now, both on the red carpet and for those making a trip down the aisle. Basically Cary Grant in his heyday or Leo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby" are good reference points for the true sign of a classic look that remains fresh and modern. Shoulders for this style are pointier, not rounded, and jackets are a little longer and fitted. With the slightly countered fit, the jacket should sit a little longer than your hips to avoid looking bigger across the middle (even if you are naturally thin). However, no matter your size, if this style is tailored properly, the overall effect is powerful and sophisticated.
Ties and accessories. The nice thing about a wedding, especially your own, is that you canwear all the fancy accessories—from a bow tie to a tie clip to a pocket square—and it will not look overdone. At the moment, longer ties rather than bow ties are very much in vogue, especially when paired with an elegant tie bar. However, the width and material should coincide with the width and material of your lapels, so for example, if you have a satin lapel, then pair it with a satin tie.
Traditionally, socks are meant to complement the colors of your trousers, so a blue suit equals blue socks. But if you're feeling a little rebellious, try pairing colored or striped socks (or something that complements your colored tie or pocket square) for a pop of contrast against the color of your pants and shoes. Or if you are wearing a modern fit suit, try skipping the socks all together and don a pair of crushed velvet Saint Albert slippers or Belgian shoe slip-ons.
When it comes to dressing for wedding-related occasions (such as engagement parties, the rehearsal dinner, or even holiday parties for fall and winter), an unstructured blazer is a fantastic addition to any wardrobe and will fill the gaps between casual and dress-casual. These fitted jackets are great for layering with a henley or plaid button-down for a rugged, casual night out or instead with a granddad collar, oxford or turtleneck sweater for dressier occasions. If you shop for a blazer that fits well and allows for layering, this easily can become your go-to piece for casual and less formal occasions—and you can mix and match pieces and wear it to death. Pair your blazer with dark denim and a chunky, soled boot or khakis and a rubber-bottom ankle boot—or whatever strikes your fancy.