Suits That Suit

Suits That Suit

Everything has come together perfectly – he’s popped the question, your engagement photos look beautiful and you’ve found the perfect dress. Now, it’s time to give your groom a little sartorial love.

There’s never been a more exciting time to get creative with your groom’s style. Wedding industry professionals that specialise in groom fashion are thinking outside the box and experimenting with different colours, textures and elements to not only create the perfect look, but to also make dressing your groom a unique experience.

Whether you’re having a classic, vintage or rustic wedding, it’s important to consider your wedding’s theme and style when you’re on the hunt for your groom’s perfect suit. Everything from the colour and fabric of the suit, as well as the overall feel and setting of your wedding day, should be coordinated with your bridal gown.

“It is still important, I think, to create a unique look for just the bride and groom, which can often including matching certain features of the bride’s attire, but it can be as simple as a pocket hank,” says manager of Mandurah Formalwear Ashlee Wilson. “There is definitely more scope for guys to choose their own look, [while] still reflecting the level of formality of the occasion.”

Classy Classic

Even if your man lives in his t-shirt and jeans, he’ll still want to look natty on his wedding day. A custom three-piece suit, which includes a jacket, waistcoat and trousers, will never go out of style. This ensemble will keep your groom looking put together, even when he slips off his jacket after dinner!

You may find certain elements of both traditional and modern groom attire appealing, but don’t feel like you have to skew entirely towards one or the other. Many grooms are choosing to inject some personality into their look by incorporating different colours and textures into their outfits.

“[Wearing a] more tailored suit, along with [adding] textures... [or incorporating] a waistcoat [or] vest, is a way of formalising the look,” says Wilson. “The groom may also opt to wear a different coloured suit to the rest of his groomsmen as a point of difference.”

“The more casual-look groom may even opt for chinos [or] casual trousers with a blazer and braces. A lot of light-coloured suits and fabrics, along with the continued trend of a range of blue shades, [have been very popular].”

If you want to add some modern flair to your groom’s attire, incorporate unorthodox patterns, such as gingham and stripes, or include your wedding colours into a waistcoat or bow tie.

Rustic Charm

If you love the idea of rustic attire to match your country-style theme, your husband-to-be could wear khaki pants, a waistcoat and a colourful bow tie for a unique, on-trend look. A denim or simple white shirt, with the sleeves rolled up, is an enchanting look for a rustic groom. A two-piece suit is a very flexible option, as it can be dressed up or down, and it can easily be worn more than once.

Add brown shoes or boots and finish the look with a boutonniere, which could include baby’s breath, greenery, succulents or wildflowers wrapped with twine or lace, to match the bouquet.

By The Sea

A romantic beach ceremony calls for your groom to wear linen fabrics, as opposed to traditional wool, to create a low-key yet dressy vibe. When it comes to marrying by the sea or in a garden, Wilson suggests wearing lighter colours.

“[For] a beach [or] garden wedding, [a groom] can [wear]... beige [or] light grey trousers and a waistcoat, with [or] without neckwear,” she says. “The trend tends to be more semi-formal [or] casual, but the bride and groom can set the tone and create the level of formality they choose.”

Go Glamour

If you’re wearing a formal wedding dress, such as a ball gown, you may want your groom to opt for a stylish tuxedo. A black tuxedo with a crisp white shirt is standard groom attire, but there are also a range of flattering colours that will look equally as glamorous, such as blue, grey, silver and tan.

Although there’ll always be a place for tradition in the world of weddings, Wilson says she’s seen an increase in grooms who want to make the look their own.

“We still see the black tie wedding, but it’s certainly more creative,” she says. There’s no doubt, especially in our warmer climate, for waistcoats
or braces to feature instead of jackets. This also reflects the more vintage-inspired trends out there.”

When pairing your groom’s look with the theme of your wedding, consider suit separates in colours beyond your basic black and white. Pocket squares and tie bars are also popular accessories.

A tuxedo can be accessorised with a bow tie in either black or a colour that matches the bridal gown. Match the pocket square with the bow tie or shirt, and make sure you pick a good quality fabric. Opt for black dress shoes without scuffs, and make sure they are shined to perfection before the big day.

Vintage Vibrance

The simplest way to transform a modern man’s look into a blast from the past is by adding a vest and suspenders to achieve a vintage aesthetic. Suspender straps are wonderfully reminiscent of the jazz age, which makes them an excellent choice for a vintage-style wedding.

“A more relaxed look for grooms [is popular], especially vintage-inspired looks,” says Wilson. “One groom even made his own vintage wooden bow ties for himself and the groomsmen. I think the trend is definitely about embracing individuality among classic wedding traditions.”

Velvet is an opulent choice for a handsome groom, as well as patterned fabrics in tweed, checked and hounds tooth prints. It’s also becoming increasingly popular for groomsmen to play around with coloured pocket handkerchiefs and socks, which can be used to tie the bridal party together for a more cohesive look. Pocket watches make cute boutonnieres, while cuff links, cravats and hats can top off a look with ample charm. Paying attention to these small transformations can work wonders when trying to achieving an authentic look.

Weddings are an endless parade of details, however dressing for yours should be simple. Play with different combinations to find an overall look that fits your groom’s personality, while also coinciding with your dress and the theme of your special day. Coordinating your groom’s outfit with your gown, as well as the theme of your wedding, will go a long way to ensure your big day is one to remember!
When it’s time for your man to choose his wedding attire, he should consider individual taste, as well as the theme of your wedding. René Hart speaks with the manager of Mandurah Formalwear, Ashlee Wilson, about how your groom can match his suit to the theme of your wedding.