The Groom's Guide to Choosing a Personalized Wedding Look
There's so much more to a groom's wedding attire than you'd expect. Even within the confines of the standard three-piece-suit, the dress code, and your wedding's location, there are infinite ways to make the look your own—tradition doesn't have to tame your big-day style. Whether you're throwing a fancy evening soirée or a casual backyard barbeque, there's a look (and an accessory!) to help you feel like you on one of the biggest days of your life.
Here, you'll find a stress-free guide to men's wedding attire. Broken up by suit style—black tie, classic, and casual—you're sure to find an ensemble that suits your fancy. Are you a fashion-savvy guy who's throwing a black-tie wedding? Switch out the classic black tux for a tartan (yep!) jacket or replace generic cuff links with a nail-shaped variety. Planning a wedding on the beach? Upgrade the traditional tan suit with a striped pocket square or a spiffy gray bowtie. If you're planning a semi-formal day affair, choose a gray suit with a colorful vest and finish off the look with cognac-colored slip-ons.
Off-the-rack or totally custom, your wedding day suit should be your very best look. Whether you achieve this by copying these ensembles verbatim or picking and choosing by accessory, these unexpected details are sure to make you feel as good as you look—and guarantee that you don't get lost in your sea of groomsmen.
Tuxedo, tie, shiny shoes—all required elements. Trimmer tailoring is stylish, but if a classic cut is more flattering on you, go ahead and buck the trend. Taller, leaner guys may want a double-breasted jacket for a broader look. Use tasseled shoes, sapphire cuff links, ties (bow or long), and color-blocked pocket squares to add flair. Just be sure the details coordinate with your spouse's ensemble.
Black by Vera Wang Slim-Fit Wool Tuxedo and Dress Shirt, $800, menswearhouse.com
. The Tie Bar Paisley Bow Tie, $19; and Solid Pocket Square, $10,
. IWC "Portofino" Watch, $4,100,
Black Tie: Cuff Links
David Yurman "Streamline" Cuff Links with Pietersite Inlay, $500, davidyurman.com
Black Tie: Tie
Paul Smith 6-cm Silk Tie, $150, mrporter.com
Black Tie: Shoes
Valentino Garavani Tassel Loafers, $795, valentino.com
Black Tie: Pocket Square
Lanvin Polka-Dot, Color-Blocked Silk-Twill Pocket Square, $85, mrporter.com
Creative Black Tie
This has all the hallmarks of your most formal formalwear—including bow tie and matching jacket and pants—but with a bit of an edge. Bring out your personality with a bold pattern like this tartan. A shorter pants length is a hot-right-now look that works even for black tie. And socks? The slickest move is to skip them or go with a no-show style.
The Black Tux "Black Watch Tartan Tuxedo," $125 to rent; and Pleated Point-Collar Dress Shirt, $20 to rent, theblacktux.com
. Suitsupply Tuxedo Shoes in Italian Calf Leather, $299,
. Breguet "Classique 5157" Watch in 18k White Gold, $18,800,
Creative Black Tie: Pocket Square
Alexander McQueen Skull-and-Pin-Dot Silk-Jacquard Pocket Square, $125, mrporter.com
Creative Black Tie: Bow Tie
Cinabre Pink-Coral Bow Tie, $97, cinabre-paris.com
Creative Black Tie: Cuff Links
Cartier "Juste Un Clou" Cuff Links in 18k Yellow Gold, $4,000, cartier.com
Creative Black Tie: Shoes
Gucci Leather Lace-Ups with Studs, $1,390, gucci.com
A well-tailored dress suit is fitting for a semiformal celebration. Choose dark for evening and winter, or lighter tones for daytime and warmer climates. A vest (in a three-piece suit) amps up the formality; consider a contrasting color for interest. But if you do, make it the only color you add. Sticking with solids? Finish your look with a bow or long tie—for long, a good rule of thumb is to match the tie's widest point with that of your lapel.
Jos. A. Bank "1905" Slim-Fit Plaid Sharkskin Suit in Light-Gray Wool, $598; and "Traveler" Tailored Button-Down Pinstriped Dress Shirt, $90, josbank.com
. The Tie Bar Grosgrain Solid-Mustard Tie, $19,
. Tiffany & Co. "Tiffany CT60 3-Hand" Men's Watch In 18k Rose Gold and Stainless Steel, $8,500,
Classic Suit: Cuff Links
Trianon 18k Gold Tiger's-Eye Cuff Links, $1,600, mrporter.com
Classic Suit: Shoes
Salvatore Ferragamo Leather Slip-Ons, $795, 866-337-7242.
Classic Suit: Tie
Ermenegildo Zegna 7-cm Striped-Silk Tie, $195, mrporter.com
Classic Suit: Pocket Square
Brunello Cucinelli Wool Pocket Square, $215, mrporter.com
Beach, garden, backyard wedding? The great outdoors affords you easier wardrobe choices—a relaxed-cut linen or cotton-silk suit, or a blazer-pant combo, tie optional. But don't throw the rules out completely! Your outfit should coordinate with your partner's look in fabric, texture, or color.
Joseph Abboud Tan Herringbone Notch-Lapel Suit, $1,095, josephabboud.com
. Jos. A. Bank Dress Shirt, in White, $90,
. Miller's Oath Woven Flower-Bud Tie, in Lavender Silk, $165,
. Cartier "Drive de Cartier" Watch in 18k Rose Gold and Leather, $17,700,
Casual Suit: Shoes
Want Les Essentiels "Montoro" Derby Shoes, in Brown, $395, wantlesessentiels.com
Casual Suit: Pocket Square
The Hill-Side "Panama" Striped Pocket Square, in Indigo/Light Indigo, $39, thehill-side.com
Casual Suit: Cuff Links
Mateo New York "Anchor" Cuff Links In 18k Gold, $95, mateonewyork.com
Casual Suit: Bow Tie
ZB Savoy "Bali" Bow Tie, $44, zbsavoy.com