How to Dress Your Man – Choosing the Right Apparel for the Groom

It’s time to make your guy shine.  After all, without him there is no wedding.   And guys love to look good too!  Choosing the right attire needs to be a combination of individual taste, the style of the wedding, and also what the groom likes.  If you have ever looked at your parent’s wedding album (think 50’s through the 80’s) you will see either the “classic” suit/tuxedo OR sometimes those crazy leisure suits, big hair, and bell bottoms!  While certain trends come and go, if you stick to a “classic, timeless” look you will never go wrong.

Putting on a shirt BSL

A suit in a dark charcoal or dark blue, either double or single breasted, is perfectly fine.  A three piece suit is a great alternative for a wedding that’s a bit more formal, yet gives a more modern and fresh look.  Avoid black because black can make some complexions look drab and pale.   Those in the fashion industry advise against white because it competes with the bride’s dress.  It this is a summer wedding at an exotic location light tan and khaki will work.  Dress shirts in white or very pale shades work well along with either a tie or bowtie.  One of the most important things is to make sure the shirt fits, especially around the collar.  You will be takings lots and lots of photos on the day of your wedding, and a too big or too tight collar will look terrible.  No busy patterns in the shirt or the tie.   And girls, it’s okay to let your guy choose a fun “fashion statement” pair of socks.

Orange Socks BSL

The classic black tuxedo complete with satin-striped trousers and bow tie should be worn to evening weddings only.   There is more to shopping for a tuxedo then most guys know.  Details – what style of collar for the shirt – wing, banded or lay down?  What type of lapels – notch, peak or shawl?   If you are having an ultra-formal daytime wedding you could consider the black or gray cutaway jacket with gray striped pants, gloves, vest, and ascot or cravat.

In all cases, the groom’s attire should complement the formality and style of the bride’s dress.

Rent a Tux OR Buy a Suit?

Wedding SuitGroomsmen are generally expected to rent at their own expense their tux, shoes, etc.  Most rentals end up being anywhere from $120.00 to $150.00, and more for the finer materials.  Another option is to buy a tux, but few people really have need of a tux more than a few times in their life, so that option is not a good financial choice.

A new trend that makes a lot of sense these days is for the groom and groomsmen to buy a new suit.  The great thing about this option is that the groom and groomsmen will get plenty of use out of a nice suit later, and if you’re out $150.00 or so already, why not apply that money towards a purchase.  Some guys feel a little awkward wearing a tux that they don’t know where it’s been and if your wedding is out of town, there is no rush to return that rental.

It’s not for every wedding, but it might be something to consider.