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A man’s wedding is one of the most important days of his life and dressing impeccably is imperative for this momentous occasion. The groom’s suit and the suits for the groomsmen should complement the venue and coordinate with the theme. But, how are suits or tuxedos selected? And, what accessories are there? Here are a few rules to follow for that special day.
Black, blue and gray. Two-piece vs. three-piece suits. Picking out a suit or tuxedo and dressing groomsmen can prove challenging. But, the process is relatively simple. Finding a great look is an accomplishment. A man feels successful and can show a little swag at the reception. That’s why where a man gets married and the theme is important.
The location can change the style of suiting and fabric. Outdoor wedding locations on the beach might warrant lighter colors and fabrics. Trends include blue or gray suits. Indoor weddings at a church might call for more traditional colors such as navy or black suits.
Style and theme is also important. If you are going for a black-tie affair, then a tuxedo is certainly the best way to go. But if you’re having a backyard wedding, then a fun, casual suit might be your best bet. Along with this is also the style of the bride’s dress, so when in doubt, ask her.
Having the right accessories can give a man confidence and allow his personality and personal style shine. Accessories could include ties, suspenders, pocket squares and cufflinks.
Bow Tie, Long Tie or No Tie
Will the look include a bow tie or a necktie? A black bow tie with a tuxedo is classic. But, if selecting a colored tie, try to color match the wedding theme or flowers. And, remember, you don’t have to go the traditional route. Not wearing a tie is fine for more casual weddings like in backyards or farms.
Suspenders or a Belt
Suit pants traditionally have belt loops, but you can wear suspenders as a personal preference. Just don’t wear both at the same time. For a tuxedo, if you need a little extra support for your pants, go with suspenders and never a belt. Tux pants don’t even have belt loops, so it shouldn’t be hard to remember.
A small pocket square can be worn in the breast pocket to add a little extra polish to your look. Select a coordinating color that matches the wedding theme or bridesmaid dresses. Traditionally, the pocket square will not be the same color as your tie, though.
Black shoes are acceptable with a blue or gray suit, but you can also wear brown without a problem. Wear brown with a tan suit, as well. If you’re having a destination or themed wedding, though, feel free to wear whatever suits your style. Some men wear their favorite Converse or Keds to showcase their personal swagger!
Cufflinks are a personal preference. If a groom doesn’t want to wear cufflinks, select a dress shirt with buttons at the cuffs. If wearing cufflinks in silver or gold and a belt is also worn, it should be in the same metal, i.e., gold cufflinks and a gold belt.
To personalize a wedding theme, consider a lapel flower. Or, socks in a bold color or striped-pattern. Some men select matching cowboy hats for a barn wedding or beach hats at an exotic locale. This is all based on personal preference and allows the groom to show off a little of his style too.
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