Wedding days might bring images of veils and big white dresses, but what the groom wears is just as important. When you’re up at the altar, your friends and family won’t just be looking at the bride — they’ll be looking at you, too.
While it’s easy to grab the first suit you find and call it a day, there a few easy tips you can keep in mind to look even more stylish on your wedding day.
1. Stay True to Yourself
There’s no need to be someone you aren’t on your wedding day. The right suit will enhance who you genuinely feel you are — not make you feel like you’re wearing a costume.
That doesn’t mean you should show up at the wedding venue in ripped jeans and a t-shirt. But you need to have confidence in what you’re wearing and how you look. The right suit will make you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin.
2. Remember the Season
The type of suit you wear, meaning the fabric it’s made of, should depend entirely on the season your wedding falls in. What you’d wear in the summertime will differ entirely from winter.
Winter fabrics are heavier and made to hold in heat, such as wool, cashmere and tweed. Fabrics worn in winter, like linen, cotton and seersucker, are generally lighter and allow for more airflow.
3. Find the Right Fit
Any wedding dress requires alterations to make the fit perfect. The same is true for the groom’s suit. If you decide to buy off the rack — meaning not custom-made — then it’s wise to go to tailor for custom alterations.
Some alteration must-haves to keep in mind include:
- A Shirt that extends slightly below the jacket sleeve.
- A Shirt and jacket collar that touch with no gap.
- A jacket that narrows at the waist.
- Pants that skim the shoelaces.
Jackets also come with vents in the back, either one or two. While ventless jackets exist, they’re not recommended if you plan on dancing, as they can be restrictive.
4. Choose the Right Neckwear
Ties and bow ties are by far the most popular neckwear options for modern grooms. Beyond the type of neckwear options, you also have a ton of colors, prints and textures to choose from. The variety of options available make it easy to pick something that matches your suit and fits your style.
If you decide on a bow tie, remember — there are three different types of bowties: self-tied, pre-tied and clip-on. For your wedding day, stick with the self-tied design. When tied, it should fit snugly around the collar.
5. Minimize Accessories
Everybody loves accessories. From pocket squares to watches, men have quite a few options when it comes to wedding-day flair. But it’s best to keep the number of accessories to a minimum. Your suit — and you — should be the main attraction.
Choose just one accessory to add to your big-day ensemble. Try to pick something with a color or style that coordinates with what you’ve already decided to wear.
6. Get Rid of Wrinkles
If there’s one thing that can ruin an outfit instantly, it’s wrinkles. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend picking out your outfit or deciding on accessories. If you walk up the aisle on your wedding day with wrinkles in your suit, people are going to notice.
The best way to remain stylish on your wedding day is to de-wrinkle or iron your suit at home, something that is easy to do and doesn’t take much time.
7. Add the Boutonnière
As far back as 1840, wearing a boutonniere through the buttonhole has been a popular fashion trend. At some point, it morphed into a wedding day tradition. While small, it’s something that can easily take your style to the next level.
Picking a boutonnière that you like is a great way to bring out your personality. Not only will you decide on the flower and color, but you can also choose custom decorations and style.
Ready to Walk Down the Aisle?
Your wedding day is a big event. As the groom, all eyes will be on you, so you want to look your absolute best when you say “I do.”
Luckily, it’s not hard to be both stylish and comfortable. When you follow the advice above, you’ll have all the tools you need to own your look.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!