I’ve been reliably informed that men look good in suits, so… I’m going to be wearing one when I get married next year.
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The full story will be shared on RMW in due course but this post is all about the groom, current fashion, style and suit trends for groomsmen and for grooms getting married in 2015 and 2016
With 6 years of ‘wedding experience’ under my belt – I’ve blogged them, I’ve done talks at wedding shows, I’ve attended them, I’ve helped shoot them and I’ve even been on an episode of Don’t Tell The Bride so you’d think I’d know exactly what I want to wear now that I am finally saying “I do”. You’d be wrong. The trouble is there are so many cool options for grooms that I change my mind every five minutes, and now that I am actually getting married I’ve got to consider all that other wedding stuff that might have an impact on my W day threads, the time of year, the venue we choose, the colour scheme to name a few.
All that planning is still way ahead so for now I’m concentrating on putting all my groom inspiration into order and here is my brain dump, I hope you enjoy it.
In 2015 we’ve seen the continuation of groom fashion reflecting the high street style and stepping further away form the formal wedding attire traditions of the past. The result is a veritable sea of fashion in which to cast your inspiration net. Brilliant news but where do you begin? I’ve started by looking at a selection of well dressed A-listers who have got their fashion look down.
Inspiration for him, eye candy for her! Men do look good in suits, my informant was correct – although I guess it helps to be Ewan MacGreggor or Daniel Craig for the full effect. What I like most about the images here is that the formality of the suit has been softened with styled accessories – rolled up sleeves, a loose tie knot or by removing the jacket entirely. These are great ways to add your own personality and it’s something you can think about incorporating into the different parts of your wedding day. I’m guessing it’ll be jacket on for the ceremony right? But maybe you could do jacket off and roll your sleeves up for some less formal portrait shots.
Here we have two of my favourite current looks for groomsmen. Tweed… The Holland Esquire tweed jackets are some of my favourites, the tailoring is superb and the details like contrasting buttons, lining and stitching will really make you stand out of the crowd on your big day. I love that slightly less formal style that a thicker more wooly suit provides too.
In total contrast the my other current groom fashion fave is the super smart black DJ and skinny black tie combo. Just as I said earlier, the formality of this look can be softened, as you can see in the gallery above, in a number of ways – a disheveled haircut, a pair of sun glasses or perhaps a vintage bicycle! Maybe forget that last one. I’ve snuck in a few blue suits for groomsmen too… Blue is my all time favourite colour and if, like me, you much prefer brown shoes to black then a blue wedding suit is the way to go. Burgundy is a really bold colour for a wedding, I like the contrast of the burgandy and cloth check, you can purchase or hire these suites from Jack Bunneys.
How you choose to accessorise your suit is another way to inject personality and can really lift your look to the next level. A moderately priced off the peg suit can look a million dollars if accessorised in the right way. One of the most simple additions is the waistcoat. Three piece suits are really popular at the moment and there is a reason for this, they look smart and sophisticated but also allow you to play with combinations and colour contrasts. The pocket watch chain (remember you don’t actually need to have an actual pocket watch!) is another subtle accessory that adds grandeur and with so many chain colours styles and thicknesses you can find one that reflects you.
Braces are great for jacket off groomsmen photo antics, as is the classic colour pop sock shot. Hats are great if they suit you – I love the idea of wearing a hat but you do have to consider what happens to your barnet. Hat hair is not a good wedding day look but if you’ve got short hair it’s a very cool statement. Scarves are cool for a winter wedding and waistcoats… Did I mention waistcoats? 😉 (p.s not sure how Kate Moss ended up in my gallery but I’ve let her stay because she is dressed appropriately).
Think about the day in question, what time of year will it be? Your probably don’t want a thick tweed suit for a summer soirée for instance. Think about you – what clothes do you normally wear? If you live your life in Converse maybe you want that to be your wedding day fashion statement… Equally though if you wear sneakers every day you might want to pull the stops out and get a hand made pair of brogues! Are you going to buy and if do are you going to hit the hughstreet or visit a tailor? Hiring from reputable tailors like Jack Bunneys is also great option if you want super suits without breaking the bank
Ultimately there are no rules, I’d suggest discussing your plans with your other half, and also a couple of your groomsmen but the Rock My Wedding mantra is it’s Your Day Your way, remember that.
Are there any grooms-to-be reading today who are embarking on their fashion journey? How are you going to inject the personal touch into your groom wedding suit or your groomsmen fashion? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments box below.
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If you are looking for honeymoon inspiration that will put yourself firmly in the good books you need to check out the Groom’s Room from Boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith. As the name says it is the guys-only guide to booking the perfect honeymoon.
- Cover Image Anna Clarke Photography
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