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While there are entire websites devoted to female wedding fashion, few sources take time out to focus on the groom. That's why I asked my husband to provide his take on how a groom can look his best on his wedding day. Because, despite popular opinion, men want to look good on their wedding day too!
Having gone through my own wedding, and countless others over the past few years, for these tips I want to introduce a point of view sorely missed from most wedding resources...the male one! I fashion myself a bit of a wedding savant, having cared nothing about them, previous to my own, and now I feel rather immersed in their intricacy. So here we go, my official advice on male wedding fashion. Hopefully, this won't be my last, and if you like it, please, by all means, let me know.
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1. What Works for Bridesmaids Can Work for Groomsmen
So we see this a lot with bridesmaids, but not nearly enough with groomsmen--let the groomsmen choose their own suits in a similar color, but not exactly the same design. I have seen this done before and it makes for a great fashion statement. With a huge budget, stylish suits lined up next to one another makes an unbelievably great impression. But with budgets that are stretched, one must be creative, and at times, that means each groomsmen wearing their best suit, and creating uniformity with ties and other accessories. For those groomsmen who need a little help in choosing a fashionable suit, direct them to Nordstrom's men's suit selection. I find the selection to be extremely stylish yet affordable.
2. Take Easter Out of Your Wedding
This may be controversial, but please avoid pastels as it relates to men's fashion. Men's fashion works best when it is traditional and bold. I like Easter, I love Miami, and I'll be the first to reach for a pack of Skittles, I just don't think pastels have any place in men's fashion. Think back to the times when you have looked at a man, and thought, "Wow, that guy is well dressed." They were probably wearing a traditional black and white suit. If it were me, and I were planning an event that would be photographed and looked at with admiration 30 years from now, I'd probably want it to be in a suit that could stand the test of time.
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3. Cut is Everything
As a groom trying to look his best on his wedding day, you might be looking for something extremely unique or "next level." But here's the truth--men's fashion simply doesn't change all that much. What looks good now, looked great 30 and 40 years ago, and will look good 20 years from now. Men's fashion has always been and will always be made in the cut. Literally you can take a picture of George Clooney from this year's Oscars and put him next to a picture of Frank Sinatra and what has changed? The size of the lapels? The button placement? And even that varies by designer, season and year. Thus, if you want to impress with the fashion in your wedding, don't rent, buy...and then make sure the suit is tailored and cut appropriately to best fit your body frame.
4. Just Because the Shoe Fits Doesn't Mean You Should Wear It
I love seeing casual shoes in wedding pictures when it's done right. And if I had an outdoor wedding, there's a good chance that you would see me in a pair of Converse. But wearing casual shoes can be really hard to pull off. So unless you have a keen fashion sense and it fits into the overall feel of your wedding, I would recommend finding other ways to make an outfit unique besides the casual shoe.
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5. Be Direct
Let me give the single most important piece of advice that I can give. With men, be specific and direct. Don't leave room for interpretation if you know what you want. Men, for the most part, tolerate weddings for the sake of marriage. So make it easy on him, by saying what you mean, and if you have something that you really want, letting him know that in as direct a manner as possible.