What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? Once the location, venue and guest list are set, it’s only natural that a groom’s attention turns to the all-important wardrobe question. No matter what your wedding style may be—Southern Cal cool to country club chic to trendy and fashion-forward—we’re here to help you figure out how to best bring out your groom style with a carefully selected wedding suit.
For the Effortless and Laid-Back, But Tucked In Groom
You’re the type of guy who sets trends without even trying, single-handedly brings back old fads and really, truly doesn’t have a care in the world as to how others see you. But, no one would mistake your effortless style with sloppiness or carelessness—you’re neat, tucked, tailored and extremely well-dressed.
Photo by Rachel Goble Photography
Designers to try: Topman, Ted Baker
Grooms Andrew Blackwell (left) and Jerrold Blackwell (right) chose their understated, but fashion-forward suits from Topman and Ted Baker, respectively, for their Beverly Hills Courthouse wedding in February 2015. One consideration for these grooms: Buying suits they would be able to wear again after the wedding.
For the Elegant, Preppy and Traditional Groom
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with tradition! Things become traditions because they’re cool, and people really enjoy them, so why rock the boat? But, we don’t have to convince you of this, because you’re a groom who appreciates classic lines and tried-and-true styles and cuts. This in no ways means that you aren’t stylish—you care deeply about your appearance (and aren’t afraid to put in the time, effort and money it takes to look sups handsome everyday).
Photo by Stephanie W Photography
Designers to try: J. Crew, Brooks Brothers
Traditional grooms need look no further than Joey Balistreri (bottom left) who wed his groom Michael (bottom right) at the South Carolina Aquarium in August 2014 wearing a black J. Crew suit from the Ludlow collection along with a matching black tie. Joey and Michael’s four groomsmen wore suits from Men’s Wearhouse with shirts and ties from Brooks Brothers. Men’s Wearhouse was especially helpful for the grooms, as their wedding party was spread across the country, so the stores were able to accommodate everyone’s sizes in a location that was convenient for the groomsmen.
For the Statement-Making, Style Chameleon Groom
Your spirit animal is Pat Field (you know, famed “Sex and The City” stylist) and you were voted most likely to design a dress for Madonna by your high school class. You love fashion—not clothes—fashion. Shopping is your cardio and Fifth Avenue is your nirvana. So, on your big day, you’re going big or not at all.
Photo by Dani Fine Photography
Designers to try: Mr. Turk, Versace
Grooms Bobby Scott (left) and Cal (right) made style a major theme of their Belle Mer wedding in September 2015. Both looked stunning, with Bobby choosing an eye-catching black and white graphic suit from Mr. Turk and Cal going for a classic black suit from Versace Collection, each accenting with a black bow-tie.
For the Colorfully Dapper Groom
You have a love of both the classic and the colorful, and you’re not afraid or unaccustomed to mixing them to achieve a look that suits you. Your style choices typically reflect your desire to “do you” and live authentically, and if that means you stand out, then you’re fine with that, too.
Photo by Robin Shotola Photography
Designers to try: Bespoke tailors like Knot Standard and Bindle & Keep
Grooms Quentin (right) and James (left) went the bespoke route for their custom suits, which featured matching slate gray and lavender vests and bow ties for their September 2014 wedding at the DC War Memorial. Knot Standard, a tailor with showrooms in New York, DC, Dallas and San Francisco, among other cities, designed and created the suits.
For the Classic and Cool Groom
Just about everything looks cool when you put your stamp on it, but what you happen to favor is structured, masculine styles. You’re the epitome of the old saying “not to let the clothes wear the man,” and you honor that by bringing your intrinsic coolness to traditional cuts to make it your own.
Photo by Michael Farmer Photography
Designers to try: Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole
Grooms Anthony and Ignacio Contreras wore identical suits from Black by Vera Wang, along with black ties (one bow tie and one long tie) and shirts by Calvin Klein and shoes by Kenneth Cole for their California golf club wedding in November 2014.
For the Carefree and Unapologetically Quirky Groom
Look, life is meant to be lived and you’re the guy that makes sure you do it to the absolute fullest. Your life is full of fun, love and laughter, so your style choices reflect this. Muted tones and stuffy patterns do nothing for you as your exuberance and zest would burst out of the seams if you didn’t express yourself. Why should your wedding day be any different?
Photo by LetLove Photography
Designers to try: David Donahue, Ted Baker
Grooms January (left) and Danni Reclosado (right) chose statement suits with colorful bowties for their pinwheel-themed wine country wedding in July 2015. January chose a David Donahue coat and tuxedo shirt and a Ted Baker bow tie that perfectly matched the wedding’s teal and orange colors. His pants were by Armani. Danni went for a coat and bow tie by Ted Baker with a David Donahue tuxedo shirt and Kara Mann slacks.
Their wedding party was equally stylish in matching tan slacks, blue gingham dress shirts, suspenders and patterned bow ties from Dockers, St. John’s Bay and other JCPenney brands.
For the Fresh-Off-the-Red-Carpet Groom
You don’t need to add any adverbs to your chic, because chic is descriptive enough for you. The Ryan Gosling’s and George Clooney’s of the world are your style stars, as it’s nothing for you to look like you’ve tipped off the latest runway or red carpet in your day-to-day life. The walk down the aisle is your biggest Hollywood moment, and you’re ready to bring it.
Photo by Christine Arnold Photography
Designers to try: Etro, Suitsupply
Grooms Ryan O’Meara (right) and Philip Johnson (left) went for sharply tailored jackets in clean neutrals to match their desert Palm Springs wedding in September 2015. Ryan’s jacket and pants were purchased from Etro, his shirt from Suit Supply and his shoes were Christian Louboutin. Philip’s suit, jacket and shirt were from Suit Supply and his shoes were Cole Haan.
For the Groom With Exacting Taste
Maybe you were born into a military family, or became a member of the military yourself. Whatever the reason, you value precision, punctuality and exact targeting—of everything from your goals to your cuff length—over just about everything else in life. Your style is traditional and true, but, most importantly, precise and devoid of needless frills.
Photo by Derek Chad Photography
Designers to try: Jos. A. Bank, bespoke tailors
Grooms Steve Barber (left) and Jimmy Stokes (left) went for a rich indigo color palette for their May 2016 rooftop San Diego wedding. Steve wore a custom two-button suit by Lim’s Tailor in Osan, South Korea, while Jimmy’s slim-fit suit is Jos. A. Bank. Both grooms and their two pup ring bearers wore matching ties, purchased by Jimmy’s mother, from The Tie Bar.
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