There’s definitely a strong argument for keeping the groom’s suit traditional by going for either tails or a well-cut suit. And play it safe with the colour, as much as an injection of colour is a great way to add vibrancy to the celebration of your wedding, anybody that remembers Jamie Oliver’s powder blue suit with a pale pink shirt might think twice about going down this route.
So here are five items that will enhance the classic looking groom that can add style and sophistication.
If the cravat isn’t for you and your worried that a standard tie is too much like a day at the office then go for a bowtie. A bowtie is a statement piece because not every man will have the courage to wear one. By taking the decision to adorn his body with this statement neckwear, the groom is saying that he’s thought about his style and wants to make an impression. The wedding guests will certainly appreciate the effort.
Bowties by Ted Baker
Much like the bowtie, braces have made a comeback in the world of wedding accessories. It’s not every day that you see a man casting his belt aside in favour of a set of braces, which makes them a bit special. Plus braces can be a great way to co-ordinate the groom’s attire with the rest of the wedding theme, matching the tones with the flowers or bridesmaids’ dresses. However if the groom is wearing tails, braces become more of a necessity than a simple accessory – something that isn’t usually considered when wearing tails is that there aren’t any belt hoops, so unless the sizing Is absolutely perfect there’s a risk that this distinguished outfit becomes a bit hip-hop with the trousers hanging lower than planned.
Braces by Topman
Pocket squares still add a finished look to a man’s suit. I know that this style went stellar a few years ago but when it comes to a wedding it isn’t going anywhere. Matched to the tie, or indeed, the bowtie the pocket square makes an outfit look much more considered.
Pocket square by Mrs Bow Tie
Believe it or not, this is an all-weather addition to the suit. Of course the addition of a waistcoat looks the part underneath a suit jacket but it’s also a practical addition come rain or shine. Adding layering in the winter is sensible but a waistcoat is also practical in the summer as well. Once it gets too hot for the jacket the waistcoat remains in place, maintaining the tailored look of the groom’s outfit.
Waistcoats from ASOS
This should go without saying really but the groom definitely needs a new pair of shoes for the wedding. Oxfords are the classic wedding shoe but as long as they look smart, nothing too relaxed, you’re good to go. While you’re at it, buy the matching shoes for the best man and ushers too. It’s amazing how much of an impact it can have if the boys are all dressed in the same footwear.
Image by Tschornow Photography