This article appears in Bride 2018 magazine.
Here comes the … groom.
When it comes to wedding fashion it’s not all about the wedding gown. He’s got to look good, too.
“He’s got two main reasons to look good. One, he’s the groom and he needs to look the part. Two, he also wants to look good for his bride,” said menswear designer Joseph Abboud, chief creative director of Men’s Wearhouse.
These days brides and grooms try to “blend” with each other and the wedding party rather than appear to match, Abboud said.
“It’s all about how they blend, from the color, type of wedding, formal or casual, and location,” he said.
Fit is everything
While everyone is eyeing the bride, the groom is still going to get attention.
“No matter what, fit is everything. It takes a look from good to great. Whether you rent or buy or have it custom-made,” make sure your tuxedo or suit is fitted well, Abboud said.
“The key is to shop at a location where they are experts in what they do,” he said.
Take your time when shopping. Be open to trying on a few things before deciding what you feel comfortable in. Listen to advice from the experts, who can help you decide what you look good in, he said.
Staying in style
If a man is paying attention to what celebrities are wearing on the red carpet, they’ll know that slim-fit tuxedos and flat-front pants give a man a modern, tailored look. For the man who can carry it off, there’s even extreme slim-fit that’s a little edgier.
Designers are also playing with lapel styles and number of buttons. Some of the popular choices are two-button jackets with a notched lapel, two-button jackets with a peaked lapel, one-buttons with peak lapel and one-buttons with shawl lapel.
The rules about color have loosened up, but Abboud is a fan of traditional looks in black, white or ivory.
“I’m not a big color guy. A dark navy could be beautiful. It depends on the individual,” he said. If a man wants to stand out in blues, grays, tans, charcoal or even burgundy, he will have no trouble buying that look.
But make sure it fits with the overall aesthetic. If the bride’s blinged out in an over-the-top gown, “a white or black tux is the perfect blend,” Abboud said. If she’s wearing ivory or other seasonal color, a linen dinner jacket would be a good choice.
Bow ties are big
The biggest hitter in the accessories department is the bow tie, which “is making a great comeback. It looks appropriate with formal or casual,” Abboud said.
Instead of opting for pre-tied, “learn to tie your own. You’ll look better, more personalized,” Abboud said.
Another element to play around with is the boutonniere. A great suit or tuxedo looks perfect on its own, and some men may opt to skip the flower.
“A subtle, white flower is an extra detail that’s traditional” and elevates a groom, Abboud said.
One last piece of advice: Make sure the groom stands out from the groomsmen. That can be as easy as wearing a vest while the others don’t or wearing a white vest, Abboud said. “You don’t want to see eight great-looking guys and wonder which one’s the groom.”