Dressing the Groom
By Autumn Rhea Carpenter
Most men can count on one hand the number of times they've worn a tuxedo. And the number of men who own their own tuxedo is even more limited. It's an outfit that screams ‘classic' and makes any groom look like James Bond. On their wedding day grooms want to feel comfortable, self-confident and stylish. Today's grooms have more fashion sense and are not afraid to show it.
Trends and styles vary, but most grooms go with the standard black jacket and pants and then choose a white or ivory vest and tie. Color choices span the rainbow, but most grooms stay true to traditional colors like black, white or neutrals like silver platinum or dark charcoal. Most of the time brides accompany their grooms to help make important color choices, early in the process.
There are so many different styles of tuxedos to choose from. When you go to make your selection, they'll be able to help you find a style that best compliments your body type.
Here are a few guidelines for fitting all body types:
Tall and slender - You could probably wear any style, but thin men look best in double-breasted jackets. Shoulders should be padded a bit more than normal, and the trousers should be full with a higher rise.
Tall and husky - The shawl collar tux is the perfect choice. The jacket is usually single-breasted with one button and the trouser legs should be slightly wider if you have large or muscular thighs. Avoid thin bow ties; instead choose a tie that is in proportion with your face and neck.
Short and stocky - The shawl collar tux is a good choice -- single-breasted, with the button around the belt line to make your torso appear longer and leaner. Choose a jacket with a lot of shoulder padding and consider pleated trousers. Avoid wing-tip collars and very small ties if you have a large face or neck. If you are on the heavier side, consider a vest over the traditional cumm