We've compiled a handy guide to guy attire-categorized by wedding type-to ensure he looks as picture-perfect as you do.
With all the Pinterest-worthy details you have to worry about before your wedding day arrives-The flowers! The place settings! The dress!-it's easy to let the groom's apparel fall to the wayside. After all, finding a suitable suit doesn't require endless fitting-room expeditions and there's no magic, tear-stained moment when he steps out to a crowd of friends and family. There's a reason "Say Yes to the Tux" isn't among TLC's biggest hits.
But picking a suit and tie shouldn't be an afterthought. A well-dressed dude needs to match the formality and vibe of the celebration you've so expertly planned out, and it's not as simple as sending him to pick out a tux. To help, we've compiled a handy guide to guy attire-categorized by wedding type-to ensure he looks as picture-perfect as you do.Proper and Put Together
If you envision your wedding as a fairy tale come to life and you've already got your princess-y ball gown picked out, only a groom in a tux will do. But it doesn't have to be the boxy, prom-night monstrosity of years past.
Between flat-front pants, stylish bow ties and slim cuts-yes, even on rental options-Heather Boyer of American Commodore Tuxedo says today's tux looks dapper, not dated. Between flat-front pants, stylish bow ties and slim cuts-yes, even on rental options-Heather Boyer of says today's tux looks dapper, not dated.
"There's less satin-instead they're going to materials that fit better and play nicer on the body," she says.
The Bond-ready tux does come with a few caveats, though. First, black or gray are your color options, though gray is currently king.
Accessories are key. Cufflinks can either pull a full look together (masculine sterling silver styles) or inject a little personality into an otherwise buttoned-up look (the block-O in rhinestones, everyone?) Groomsmen have to be in on it, too, though their vests, ties or other accessories should be paired to match the bridesmaids' dresses rather than the bride's accents.
You've also got to skip the clip-on. A hand-tied bow tie is a non-negotiable for that polished, pulled-together style. Without it, says Aaron Roberts of Romanoff's Classic Tuxedo, the whole thing falls flat. You've also got to skip the clip-on. A hand-tied bow tie is a non-negotiable for that polished, pulled-together style. Without it, says Aaron Roberts of , the whole thing falls flat.
"It's the same knot as the one you use to tie your shoe; you just have to be extra-neat about it," Roberts says. "And you really only need one guy in the party who knows how to do it … he can tie everyone else." Grooms should consider adding a bow tie crash course to the bachelor-party festivities.Outdoor Casual
Toes in the sand and an ocean breeze-yes, the destination wedding sounds like a dream. But if you're planning to stay put for your nuptials, you can still get a little bit of that relaxed vacation feel through the menswear your groom chooses. Escape-worthy styles are perfect for ceremonies slated for backyards, barns and other outdoor spaces.
Roberts says the key to this look is in the fabrics and the colors. Textured microfiber blends are a great-and lightweight-alternative to starchy wool. And they'll hold up well for an evening of dancing and grooving.
"A lot of people want that linen look, but true linen wrinkles so fast," Roberts says. "Microfibers give you the right finish."
Boyer recommends going for a lighter fabric, too, like a super-100 wool with a satin lining in the pants to help keep cool in a sweltering summer.
Ditch the black and go for the ever-present gray or a tan instead, which will look fresh, not overly formal.
And don't forget the jacket. Grooms can strip down to a shirt and vest when mingling with guests, but Boyer insists it's essential to include in your rental or purchase.
"A lot of people think outdoor means you get to skip the jacket, but it really looks so much better to be wearing it in pictures," she says.Totally On-Trend
Even though the show is in its seventh season, the most popular suit inspiration still comes straight from the slick-tailored playbook of the guys of "Mad Men." Slim-fit sharkskin suits remain the ultimate in Columbus wedding-day chic.
But Roberts says the Don Draper look won't last forever.
"The inspiration now is all coming from Europe-that double-breasted, GQ-worthy suit, the looks from the 'Gatsby' movie," he says.
Is your groom a bow-tie lover? Boyer notes American Commodore is stocking several new lines of ties meant to pair with suspenders. She thinks they're going to be the next big thing in wedding styling, and a vest-and-suspender look has the perfect artisanal vibe.
Roberts says you can also go for a slim-cut suit by going a little shorter on the pants and a little tighter on the fit, which reads trendier and just a touch younger.
The growing popularity of bow ties and suspenders is building thanks to grooms going for multiple looks over the course of the wedding-perhaps a full suit during the ceremony, a vest during dinner, suspenders on the way to the hotel suite.
"You can really do a lot of different styles all in one night," she says. "It's going to be a big thing."