Here we are, it’s a slightly warmer Wedding Wednesday than when I started this feature four weeks ago, so that means it’s almost wedding season! With that in mind, I wanted to focus on a topic not touched on often enough: the groom!
Many people think that a wedding day is all about the bride, and often forget to add the groom into the equation. While he may not be out shopping all over town for a suit or tuxedo for himself and his groomsmen, a man’s style is as important to the wedding as it is the brides gown; men need to work their own identity into their suits as well so they feel and look as good as their fiancée on the big day.
This may be the best way to incorporate a man’s style in with the suit that has been chosen; whether its wing tipped shoes or patent black leather shoes by Converse, shoes are always a great accessory. Don’t count out the cufflinks; if there are no cufflink heirlooms that’ll be used in the wedding, a bride should search online for cufflinks that perfectly represent her man, whether they are plain or even made of Lego. Pocket scarves and ties are a great way to incorporate a man’s favorite color (so long as it matches or is a complimentary color to the bridesmaid dresses), and fun socks like colorful argyle are a great addition.
Not every wedding is a black tuxedo formal. In recent years, we’ve seen the rise of the smart casual look for weddings, where the groom and his groomsmen don some clothing they are probably much more comfortable in. These options can include jeans paired with wing tipped shoes, a button down jacket, sweaters or cardigans instead of suit jackets for fall weddings, shorts for summer weddings, and sometimes even plaid button downs to add some color instead of the usual white dress shirt.
Go Big or Go Home
A growing trend recently (and with the help of the film The Great Gatsby) has been an art deco/1920’s look for men; dressed to the nines and ready to impress. To pull this off, the groom and his groomsmen will have to be the kind of men that really want to dress up and won’t mind layers because we’re talking three piece suits, top hats, jackets with tails, gloves, stickpins and more.
How About Some Color?
Who said that all suits have to be black? If the bridesmaids are wearing a neutral color (don’t match bridesmaid dresses and grooms suits), a groom may be interested in adding a big pop of color with his suit. Popular colors from 2014 wedding trends included navy, royal purple, light blue and emerald green. Or, if the groom and his men are feeling particularly brave, style each one with a different color.