14 Essential Style Tips for Grooms

Suits have come a long way from the traditional tails the majority of grooms opted for years ago – there’s lots of options now for stylish grooms looking to make their mark on the wedding day! But admittedly it’s not as easy as just grab a suit and go. There’s a few things you need to think about when it comes to your Big Day attire so today we’ve got all the essentials in one place. Check out 14 great style tips for grooms…

1. Stay True to Your Own Style

There’s lots of fun to be had with wedding wear these days with suits in various cuts, styles, colours and fabrics. Black, grey and navy suits are still the most popular colour choices (darker suits are obviously more slimming) but adventurous grooms are also donning the likes of electric blue, burgundy and tweeds more and more. Slim fit suits are all the rage at the moment and the sharper tailoring can be very flattering. There’s also the option to mix things up and pair a velvet blazer with some slacks if you’re looking for something different. But remember, if you don’t feel comfortable in a bright blue suit, don’t don one just for the sake of it. You want to feel like yourself on your wedding day, just a more spruced up, polished version!

It’s also good to give yourself a bit of time to find what you’re looking for and remember, alterations need to be factored in as well. Experts suggest suits should be picked at least 12 weeks before the Big Day with measurements often taking place again 6 weeks before the wedding. The final fitting generally takes place the week before so you’ve got some leeway if you’ve been hitting the gym!

2. Make Sure You Stand Out

It’s always pretty obvious who the bride is on the Big Day (white/ivory dress – bit of giveaway) but for grooms, it can be harder to be noticed in a sea of suits. If you’re looking to set yourself apart from the bridal party, mix things up and wear a completely different suit to your groomsmen or a different colour or fabric. The other way to make your mark is with accessories – think a  a different colour tie, a patterned bow tie or colourful buttonhole, a stylish shirt or stand out with a waistcoat.

3. It’s All About the Fit

Just like a wedding dress needs alterations to make it fit just right, the same goes for the wedding suit. The suit should fit perfectly so even if you buy it off the rack, it’s best to pop by a tailor for alterations. Here’s a few things to think about:

Your suit should be the perfect fit – make sure the trousers sit nicely on your shoes (you might want to bring the shoes you’re wearing to the tailor so the length is just right – you don’t want too much excess fabric) and should feel comfortable when sitting and standing.There should be no gap between the collar of your shirt and your jacket collar.The suit jacket should hug your shoulders – too big and it will fall off them.Jackets come with vents at the back – if you’re looking for a slim fit, a ventless jacket is an option but word of warning, it can be restrictive when it comes to the dance floor! And it can crease that bit more easily. Both the single and double vent jacket are popular – a single vent jacket has one vent or slit in the centre of the jacket (and can expose your backside if your hands are in your pocket!). The majority of off-the-rack suits have one vent. The double vent has a slit on either side of the jacket, creates a nice shape and won’t crease as easy if you stand or have your hands in your pocket.

Top tip: Double breasted suits make you look broader while fitted suits nipped at the waist will make you appear slimmer!

4. Don’t be Afraid of Prints & Patterns

While a white shirt is generally the done thing when it comes to wedding wear, if you like your prints and patterns, wear them regularly and want to show off this stylish side to yourself, there’s always the option to make a bit of a statement with your shirt choice or a check suit.

5. Think About Your Neck Wear

While the cravat was a popular option for years, modern grooms are oping for bow ties and ties more and more. There’s a huge array of prints, textures and colours available, making it easy to pick up something that suits your style. If you’re looking to have some fun with your neck wear, a print or pattered piece will set you apart and is a great way to let your personality shine through.

Another way to make yourself stand out is to let the lads wear the opposite to you – if you’re donning a bow tie for the occasion, kit them out in ties or vice versa. Or if you’re all wearing bow ties or ties, you can make your mark with a different colour.

Top tip: If you are going the bow tie route, make sure it fits snugly around the collar!

6. Will you wear a waistcoat?