Men Wedding Fashion: Stand Out on Your Wedding Day – a Quick Guide for GroomsAs has been tradition for many decades now, discussions about weddings tend to center around brides. Friends and relatives become engrossed in details concerning gowns, hairstyles, flowers, make-up, color schemes – all the way to confetti and tulle; too often pushing the groom’s needs to the background, save for settling his tux color and size. But grooms technically own half the attention showered on the couple during their wedding day, and therefore deserve to be as good-looking and attended-to as their blushing brides.
Now that guys finally have a “right” to be fashionable, without fear of having their masculinity questioned, some future grooms could use a practical guide to fashionable and imaginative groomdom.
Aside from proving what a catch you really are, by showering future missus with BOTH moral AND practical support, and being within reach for couple decisions, show her that you really care about this wedding by looking your best too:
Get fit. With physical fitness a standard health concern now, and no longer just for the vain, an upcoming wedding may be just the cause you need, for getting started on that fitness regimen. You and your bride will be the focus of attention, and will undoubtedly have a more enjoyable time, by being healthy, fit and very happy.
Getting fit for your wedding could set the stage for a lifetime of staying healthy together – a legacy that wouldn’t hurt to pass on to your kids. Exercising together is also a handy way to bond and to help your bride de-stress – by occasionally taking her away from constant wedding planning, decision-making, and detail-fixing.
Stand out on your wedding day. Match the radiant beauty of your bride but avoid appearing like you stepped out of a mould. Traditional tuxedos don’t offer much in terms of variety, but there are tricks to personalizing your wedding day look:
a. Find a perfect fit. A tuxedo or suit that fits you well is the quickest way to a personalized look. A suit or tux’s fit is one of a kind, which is why men wearing tailored-to-fit ones look exceptionally dashing. Having one tailored to your stats is best, but if it is more practical for you and your wedding party to buy off the rack, take time to have a trusted tailor alter yours to fit you better.
If you haven’t set your heart on a style yet, a two-button suit is most becoming these days. And, as for settling the dispute between pleated and flat-front dress pants: some say that thinner, taller men appear awkward with pleated fronts while it flatters men of larger built. The thing is, pleated fronts have been outdated; and unless you’re throwing an 80’s themed wedding, flat-front pants may be your new best friend.
Similarly, avoid stiff, pleated shirts and opt for less constricting, no-frills ones. Those are more fashionable these days.
b. Care about color. Pick a color that’s a shade lighter, or darker, than your groomsmen’s suits. Establish uniformity, however, by wearing ties of the same color – even better if it’s akin to the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Lost your color wheel? Navy blue is an accepted alternative to conventional black, and is a smart-looking color too. In comparison to the neutral formality of black, this shade of blue injects liveliness into standard formal wear, and lets the groom distinguish himself from the male guests.
Enter, similar shades of dusky blue, which can be exploited to dress the rest of the groom’s party so that they too would be set apart from guests, while differentiated from the groom.
c. Mix and mismatch. Another way to stand out – which is fast becoming a favorite among many an offbeat couple – is to wear mismatched colors. This takes more moxie than usual to pull off, and requires imagination.
The key is to avoid straying from the motif or color scheme – and to balance uniqueness with conformity – having the mismatched groom and groomsmen harmonize with one another through other elements – such as, identical (printed or patterned) ties, wingtip shoes, custom-made boutonnieres, hard-to-find vintage jackets, or hats.
d. Make it personal. Break away from the mundane, with daring twists. Prescribe patterned shirts for yourself and the groomsmen, such as checkered pastels or bold paisleys (there are colorful variations of paisley, that are unboring – and quite dashing when matched with the right pair of pants).
There’s also fun, striped bowties, one color for each member of the party. Or a rainbow of dress shirts in uncanny colors – with a tropical citrus theme or a neon color scheme.
A memorable wedding, like your succeeding married life, will have a good balance of order and chaos. Inject your own brand of ingenuity and fun; make it a memorable day for you and your future spouse. It may be the perfect precursor to the extraordinary life you and your bride will share with one another.