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When a bride puts on her wedding gown for the first time and looks in the mirror, the feeling is indescribable. This is the dress she will wear on one of the happiest days of her life. For the groom, the feeling is much the same when he walks out of the dressing room in a well-fitted tuxedo.
“I haven’t had one groom come out of a dressing room in a tuxedo and not feel great about the way he looks,” says Ray Caporale, Vice President of American Com- modore Tuxedo. “I love watching a bride see her groom in a tuxedo for the first time. She just lights up. It’s a really special moment between them.”
a strong fashion sense
It is a common misconception that the groom is twiddling his thumbs as the bride plans the entire wedding herself. In reality, many grooms are actively involved in the planning process, especially when it comes to what they will be wearing on the big day. Today’s groom has a keen eye for fashion and a strong sense of personal style.
“Compared to previous generations, today’s groom is much more fashion-con- scious and mindful of the latest trends in men’s fashion,” Caporale says. “He wants a youthful, modern look that reflects his own sense of style.”
An increasing number of grooms are making the decision on the selection of the tuxedo or suit on their own, and asking the bride to help with color coordination of the
accessories. However, Caporale recom- mends brides accompany their groom to the tuxedo shop to assist in the decision- making process.
“The bride handles the colors of the bridesmaid dresses and wedding theme, so she should be part of the decision-making process,” Caporale says. “While the groom chooses the style and fit he wants, the bride ensures everything works well with the wed- ding colors.”
According to Nancy MacDonald, Assis- tant Vice President of Marketing at Tuxedo Junction, the bride and groom should keep in mind what tuxedo style best fits the groomsmen as well. “Many brides love to see their groom in a slim-fit tuxedo, but he might have someone in his wedding party who would not feel comfortable in this par- ticular style,” MacDonald says. “Just like choosing a dress for the bridesmaids, a groom should consider every groomsmen in his wedding party.”
For a groom who wants a slim fit for himself and a modern fit for the grooms- men, for example, MacDonald recommends a black tuxedo to ensure everyone has the same look. “Specific tuxedo colors such as white, ivory and shades of grey can be chal-
lenging to mix and match different silhou- ettes because colors may vary,” she adds.
today’s tuxedo styles
The timeless tuxedo is still the most popular ensemble for grooms to wear on their wedding day. No matter how casual a groom might be in everyday life, once he puts on a tuxedo, he transforms into a clas- sic Hollywood movie star.
According to MacDonald, tuxedo and suit styles consist of three main fits: mod- ern fit, slim fit and traditional fit. Modern fit is a fashion-forward style with a slightly tapered silhouette.
“Modern fit is tailored closer to the body with smaller armholes in the jacket and a soft shoulder,” MacDonald says. “The pants are non-pleated, without a satin stripe, and are slimmer through the thighs. This flatter- ing style works for a majority of men, regardless of body type.”
Popular among today’s celebrities and pop stars, a slim fit tuxedo is very sup- pressed to the body and features a slim- ming appearance and a shorter length. It has a modern edge and sleek aesthetic. As the description suggests, a slim fit tuxedo is ideal for men who have a fit body.
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