Well Groomed.

This afternoon I thought I would lay down a little masculinity.

As it’s fashion week on Rock My Wedding I have put together some style focussed inspiration boards for our grooms out there. At the heart of each look is fashion – I’m talking shirt, tie, suit, socks shoes and accessories – but I’m also rounding off the look, putting it into context with a few other manly wedding related things things like drinks, music, cars – that sort of thing. So mood boards for men… May I be so brave as to coin the phrase “Dude Boards?”

This post isn’t about me telling you to buy this or buy that. It’s about giving you a little inspiration. And if there are any grooms out there reading this it might just give you a few ideas of how you can place yourself within your chosen theme.

Oh and by the way – I got a little carried away so these may be some of the largest Dude boards in history – apologies for that.

The Golden Age

Think Rat Pack, sophistication and elegance… With just a hint of Roger Moore…

This is a really classic look – I suppose you could call it vintage but it’s without the chintz or fussiness that can sometimes be associated with that label. It’s a revival of a classic aesthetic that is built on good quality fabrics, elegant combinations and timeless design. It’s a suave and gentlemanly look and dark colours or monochrome are key.

There is still plenty room for a touch of flamboyance though – I love that monochrome feather button hole and combining the brown brogue with black and white stripy socks are just a few ways that you could inject a bit of character into this look and make it your own.

Classic cars, cigars and jazz music complete The Golden Age. We are starting to see grooms make more of their preparation time on the big day. Whilst the girls are getting ready this might be just the excuse you are looking for to wheel out the drinks trolley.

Festival Chic

It’s casual, It’s certainly cool and it’s a little bit tweedy too…

This might be my favourite look. I am a massive fan of tweed and herringbone. If its a summer wedding you could drop back to just a waistcoat. Shirts can be plain or patterned and you have the option of going with a woollen tie or even an open neck shirt. If that is too casual you might want to add a scarf of neckerchief.

It’s an idea we have seen a few times on Rock My Wedding and I still love the concept of drinking out of mismatched glass wear or even old jam jars. The festival look is casual, laid back and folky. Think acoustic guitars, outside space, open waters and caravans. I snuck an image of a volvo into this board just for the craic – I am still desperate to see the p1800 used as wedding day transport. Another of my favourites, The VW camper van makes an appearance too – the absolute epitome of Festival Chic.

I love the hessian soft furnishing with stag motif and a can’t finish without mentioning accessories. The pocket watch is a great way to finish this look, as is a statement rustic buttonhole. Examples here range from tweedy material to feathers to wheat and grasses. The festival Chic look allows you to go for a statement button hole without having to be too floral or feminine.

Über Modern Man

Über modern man is contemporary, hard edged and Masculine… An he’s wearing a skinny tie.

Firstly can I just say that the Audi R8 may be not only best looking car available today – it might also be one of the most nicely designed objects EVER. Über modern man can go retro with his choice of transport too (I know – I make the rules then I break them) but it has to be something with muscle – like a ’63 Mustang.

Suits are plain and sharp and I think a skinny tie fits this look much better than a bow tie. We can see hessian making an appearance again here. This time it’s a table runner combined with black satin and black seating to keep up that masculine edge. The colour palette I have gone for again is quite monochrome but there is room for colour.

I am still a little bit afraid of going for the suit and no socks look but it does look the business and is spot on trend. If you go for this look for your wedding you may want someone to mention to the older members of the congregation that it is a fashion statement – You don’t want granny thinking that you have fallen on hard times before the marriage has even begun.

Dude Boards

So, anyone out there laughing about the fact that I said I was going to lay down some masculinity this afternoon… And then presented you with mood boards? Well I am about to make it a little bit worse by also admitting that I have got an ever-so-slight-man-crush on Ewan McGregor. There, I said it.

Also, I know that our readership is very much female biased so besides Ewan, the appearance by Ryan Gosling rocking that striped three-piece was just one of the tactics I employed to keep up your interest levels!

I hope there is something for everyone in this little collection of fashion and fancy. Please do let me know which your favourite look is and share your thoughts and ideas in the comments box below.


Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.