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O Bridal Attire - Men’s Formal Wear
A traditional fit tuxedo features a classic, fuller cut. Ideal for men with a larger frame, this style has more room in the shoulders, chest and sleeves.
“The majority of grooms want a modern fit tuxedo – this is the most popular style in men’s formalwear,” Caporale says. “The slim fit tuxedo is designed for the fashionable customer who knows what he wants, wears slim-fit styles normally and has a specific look in mind.”
Today’s tuxedos typically feature a two- button closure on the jacket, although one- button is growing in popularity. The jacket’s lapel is commonly trimmed in satin for an understated look. While long ties are still in style, bow ties are experiencing a comeback among millennial grooms. In fact, Caporale finds that 65 percent of men are choosing bow ties over traditional ties.
Many grooms wear a vest in the same color or pattern as the tuxedo. To give a pop of color, the neckwear and pocket square will match the hue of the bridesmaid dresses. “The amount of color in a tuxedo is subdued compared to previous years,” MacDonald says. “Today’s groom wants a more sophisticated style.”
When it comes to trends in men’s footwear, brown-colored leather shoes are the latest trend. Grooms are wearing shades of brown, such as tan, chocolate or chestnut, with a navy or grey tuxedo. Compared to tra- ditional black shoes, a brown-colored shoe tones down the formal look of a tuxedo and creates a more casual appearance.
trendy tuxes
Decades ago, the classic black tuxedo was considered the best color of all. Now, tuxedos come in a variety of colors, from white to charcoal and everything in between. This makes the decision-making process even more challenging.
According to MacDonald, grey tuxedos
are a major trend across the country. In fact charcoal and heather grey tuxedos are almost as popular as black tuxedos. This year, navy blue tuxedos are growing in popularity and have become a casual alter- native to the black tux.
Trends in men’s formalwear are greatly influenced by what celebrities and sports stars wear at popular award shows like the Grammy Awards and ESPYs. “Burgundy suits with black lapels were popular this year because stars like Neil Patrick Harris and LeBron James donned these looks on the red carpet,” Caporale notes.
In addition to the groom’s personal pref- erence, the location and season of the wed- ding is key for choosing a tuxedo color. For example, a khaki or platinum grey tuxedo pairs well with a less formal wedding. A charcoal color is a great choice for an ele- gant evening wedding. “Lighter color tuxe- dos are popular in the summer and fall, while darker hues are popular in the winter and early spring,” MacDonald explains.
The one exception to this rule is the black tuxedo, which is appropriate to wear all-year round. “A bride can look back at her wedding photos five, 10, 20 years later and the groom and groomsmen will look timeless in their black tuxes,” MacDonald says. “The classic black tuxedo will always be in style.”
keeping it casual
As the workplace becomes increasingly casual, this trend is carrying over to men’s formalwear. While a majority of grooms wear tuxedos, a growing number are opting for a casual style such as a tan, grey or white suit.
“Instead of jackets and ties, men are wearing jeans and a button-up shirt to the office nowadays,” Caporale says. “Therefore, a suit is more dressed up than what they normally wear in everyday life.”
Wedding themes also play a pivotal role in the formality of men’s wedding fashions. This year, barn and rustic-themed weddings are a huge trend. As a result, more grooms are opting for casual attire to reflect their laidback wedding.
In rural areas of Ohio, camouflage acces- sories, such as vests and bow ties, have become popular at weddings. In Caporale’s experience, the groom will wear a white camo print while the groomsmen will wear traditional camo print during the reception and in wedding photography.
To express their personality, grooms should consider changing into a different color jacket during the reception. Other ways to show off their fun side include brightly colored or patterned suspenders, bow ties and socks. For example, a groom in a formal black tuxedo could wear wild pat- terned socks to show off his personality in a subtle way.
“I notice that grooms are very serious about how they look during the cere- mony,” Caporale says. “When it’s time to party, they let loose by wearing fun sus- penders and a playful bow tie at the reception. They put their personality in the small details.”
a special moment
While the bride should feel like the star of her wedding, it is important to remember the groom plays an equal part in the ceremony too. Just like a bride wants to find the perfect dress, a groom wants to find the perfect suit or tuxedo that reflects his style and personality.
“Brides want their groom to feel just as special as they will on their wedding day,” Caporale says. “Most men will never wear a tuxedo except at their wedding, so it’s an incrediblynspecial moment for them. For that reason, they want to look and feel
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