Trawling through our blog, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we had forgotten marriages occur between and a woman AND a man. We’ll admit that we steer towards the female side of things most of the time but fear not, for we have dedicated this week’s blog entirely to the Misters of the world!
Groom fashion has certainly begun to command centre stage in the last few years and we’re attributing it to a number of factors:
- Men’s fashion designers are finally stepping up to the plate en masse after realising that grooms-to-be were demanding so much more than the standard hired suit
- Wedding features in magazines and blogs have been profiling mens fashion more frequently, giving equal air time to the dress and the suit
- Men are looking for an outfit that reflects their true everyday style rather than a regurgitation of what society had traditionally expected (i.e. suit, tie, button up and cufflinks)
- Colloquially, men are fed up with their ladies stealing the limelight and they are more than ready to take over!
Here are some ways the gorgeous groom can inject a dose of dapper into his day.
Ditch the jacket
Many grooms complain that they feel ‘boxed in’when wearing a suit jacket, particularly if they’re not accustomed to wearing one in their day-to-day life. Similarly, men who do have to wear a suit jacket in the corporate world are less inclined to wear one on their wedding day as they feel too business-like. A simple solution is to ditch the jacket altogether. It’s more cost effective, it won’t go to waste and you’ll give off a more casual, relaxed vibe (you’ll feel more casual and relaxed, too!).
It has become the norm for photographers to snap a shoe shot to highlight the day’s kicks. For a bit of fun, throw on a pair of bright, patterned socks. Happy Socks are our favourite pick and they’re bound to put a smile on your bride’s face when you lift your trousers for the shot.The sillier and brighter, the better!
Let’s face it, formal shoes can have the tendency to be rather bland. Lace ups tend to come in every shade of black and look almost indiscernible from one pair to the next. Change it up a little by opting for a sleek pair of boots. It’s a win-win as they’ll give you that little more coverage in the colder weather and you can wear them again, providing you don’t go too hard on the dance floor. Our suggestion is to go for a pair that look sleek under a pair of trousers. You’ll want them to taper in at the ankle to avoid bulk and bunching around the hem.
There’s nothing more debonaire than a pair of braces. They’re functional, they look great and they’re a point of difference for the groom who wants to make a statement. This can be a tricky look to pull of if you’ve never worn them before, so be sure to visit a swanky men’s store or men’s department inside Myer/David Jones where dedicated staff can school you on what’s cool and what’s definitely not. This is the perfect addition to a vintage, rustic or hipster themed wedding.
Injecting some colour into your outfit can be challenging, especially if you’re trying to avoid detracting from your bride’s gown. A subtle way to do this is by adding a playful belt. To ensure your choice is tasteful, try matching your belt to your shoes. For a more daring addition, look for coloured shoelaces and match them back to your belt.
Etsy is a treasure trove for kitsch, one-of-a-kind wedding ideas and cufflinks seems to be the effortless way to make a statement. Create custom-made cufflinks that have your wedding date etched into them, or sweet phrases such as ‘I’and ‘Do’or ‘Mr’and ‘Mrs’. It’s a little bit of fun, makes for wonderful photos and you’ll always have a little keepsake from your day. Why not frame them in a shadow box and gift them to your wife on your first anniversary?
Lose the tie or don a bowtie
No where in the rule book does it say you must wear a tie. Like the relegated suit jacket, it can often feel stuffy and restrictive and it certainly doesn’t work in harmony with a relaxed beachside ceremony. Lose the tie altogether for a casual feel or, if you simply can’t part with tradition, opt for a bowtie. You can go as traditional or as quirky as you like, just make sure it screams ‘you’.
Who is the most stylish groom you’ve ever seen? What set him apart? Send us your pics of your dapper dudes so our grooms-to-be can swoon over their style!