Prince Charming can dress the part with classic elegance

Some looks never go out of style, and the classic tuxedo is one of them. Grooms who choose a timeless silhouette will be following a key trend in men's fashion.

"Simple is coming back when it comes to tuxedos," said Patrick McMeans, a professional clothier for Astor & Black, a Columbus-based custom suit company. "Men want to think 'I can keep this tuxedo and wear it for years down the road.' "

While grooms might think that wearing a business suit for their wedding is the easy way out, suits tend to be reserved for weddings that are more casual or held outdoors.

For more lavish affairs or traditional weddings, McMeans recommends a tux.



Tuxedo jackets come in varying cuts and colors, but a black jacket with two buttons and a satin lapel is consistent with the classic look, McMeans said. "As formalwear becomes more formal, so do the tuxedos," he said.

"What we see more than anything is standard black with a nice matching vest."

Even tuxedo pants come with specifications. Stylists say to look for flat-front styles with no belt loops, and, preferably, no rear pockets.

Although black is typical for tuxedos, navy, brown and gray are also sneaking onto the scene. "Gray has become the new black," said Aaron Roberts, general manager of Romanoff's Classic Tuxedos. "Gray will never replace black, but it is there for someone who wants something trendy."

There has been a recent Hollywood influence of wearing bow ties instead of neckties with tuxedos, Roberts said, and colorful versions will likely make a comeback this year. Splashes of color can also be added with vests and accessories, such as pocket squares or cufflinks, to complement bridesmaids dresses and other wedding dcor.