Suits That Suit

Suits That Suit

When it’s time for your man to choose his wedding attire, he should consider individual taste, as well as the theme of your wedding. Rene Hart speaks with the owner and director of Black Jacket Suiting, Ryan Fisher, about how your groom can be perfectly in sync with your wedding theme.

Everything has come together perfectly – he’s popped the question, your engagement photos look beautiful and you’ve found the perfect dress. Now, it’s time to give your groom a little sartorial love.

There’s never been a more exciting time to get creative with your groom’s style. Wedding industry professionals that specialise in groom fashion are thinking outside the box and experimenting with different colours, textures and elements to not only create the perfect look, but to also make dressing your groom a unique experience.

Whether you’re having a classic, vintage or rustic wedding, it’s important to consider your wedding’s theme and style when your groom is on the hunt for the perfect suit. Everything from the colours and fabric of the suit, as well as the overall feel and setting of your wedding day, should be coordinated with your bridal gown.

“The theme of the wedding directly influences the groom’s attire,” says Fisher. “Everything about a wedding [should] tie together visually; a tuxedo would [look] out of place at a business interview, [just as] it would be at a casual wedding.”

Whichever suit you choose, Fisher stresses that it should be the right shape to fit your man’s body.

“Even the most expensive suit will look cheap if it is not fitted correctly,” he says. “Alterations are your best friend. Always get the shoulders [to fit well] in the jacket and the thighs in the trousers. Everything else can be manipulated with alterations.”

Classy Classic

Even if your man lives in his t-shirt and jeans, he’ll still want to look natty on his wedding day. A custom three-piece suit, which includes a jacket, waistcoat and trousers, will never go out of style. A classic three-piece ensemble will keep your groom looking put together, even when he slips off his jacket after dinner.

You may find certain elements of both traditional and modern groom attire appealing, but don’t feel like you have to skew entirely towards one or the other. Many grooms are choosing to inject some personality into their look by incorporating different colours and textures into their outfits.

“A bold statement look would utilise colour, patterns and fashionable takes on more classic styles,” says Fisher.

“Light grey suits, as well as [jackets and trousers in contrasting colours], have [been extremely popular].”

If you want to give your groom’s look a modern flair, integrate unorthodox patterns, such as gingham and stripes, or incorporate your wedding colours into a waistcoat or bow tie.

“I would suggest a bold windowpane check suit in a mid-navy base colour, [combined with] lighter navy check prints to contrast. This could be complemented with a wide-peak collar on the jacket to give the look some edge,” says Fisher.

Rustic Charm

If you love the idea of rustic attire to match your country-style theme, your husband-to-be could wear khaki pants, a waistcoat and a colourful bow tie for a unique, on-trend look. A denim or simple white shirt with the sleeves rolled up is an enchanting look for a rustic groom. A two-piece suit is a very flexible option, as it can be dressed up or down, and it can easily be worn more than once.

There may be elements of each of your looks that play into the other’s, but that’s not to say you should be carbon copies of one another either.

“Keep it simple and don’t worry about matching,” says Fisher. “You just want to complement [each other].”

Add brown shoes or boots and finish the look with a boutonniere, which could include baby’s breath, greenery, succulents or wildflowers wrapped with twine or lace, to match the bouquet.

By The Sea

A romantic beach ceremony calls for your groom to wear linen fabrics, as opposed to traditional wool, to create a low-key yet dressy vibe. For a beach wedding, Fisher suggests wearing lighter colours such as beige or light grey. Having a beach wedding provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the feeling of sand under your feet while you recite your vows, but, if you must, Fisher suggests loafers instead of shoes.

Go Glamour

If you’re wearing a formal wedding dress, such as a ball gown, you may want your groom to opt for a stylish tuxedo.

“The classic tuxedo is one of the most simple and elegant looks to pull off,” says Fisher. “It defines class and turns any man into a gentleman. I love to add a modern twist to the classic tuxedo and work a navy jacket with a black trouser. This provides
some edge to the classic look, but keeps the formal feel to the outfit.”

A black tuxedo with a crisp white shirt is standard groom attire, but there are also a range of flattering colours that will look equally as glamorous, such as blue, grey, silver and tan.

“The most common current style is the navy two- button lounge suit,” says Fisher. “We are seeing different variants of the navy colour being done, from dark hues right through to lighter blues.”

When pairing your groom’s look with the theme of your wedding, consider suit separates in colours beyond your basic black and white. Pocket squares and tie bars are also popular accessories.

A tuxedo can be accessorised with a bow tie in either black or a colour that matches the bridal gown. Match the pocket square with the bow tie or shirt, and make sure you pick a good quality fabric. Opt for black dress shoes without scuffs, and make sure they are shined to perfection before the big day.

Vintage Vibrance

The simplest way to transform a modern man’s look into a blast from the past is by adding a vest and suspenders to achieve a vintage aesthetic. Suspender straps are wonderfully reminiscent of the jazz age, which makes them an excellent choice for a vintage-style wedding. They’re also an easy addition to a white button-down shirt and trousers, and they look especially good when planning a rustic wedding.

Velvet is an opulent choice for a handsome groom, as well as patterned fabrics in tweed, checked and hounds tooth prints. It’s also becoming increasingly popular for groomsmen to play around with coloured pocket handkerchiefs and socks, which can be used to tie the bridal party together for a more cohesive look. Pocket watches make cute boutonnieres, while cuff links, cravats and hats can top off a look with ample charm. Paying attention to these small transformations can work wonders when trying to achieving an authentic look.

Weddings are an endless parade of details, however dressing for yours should be simple. Play with different combinations to find an overall look that fits your groom’s personality, while also coinciding with your dress and the theme of your special day. Coordinating your groom’s outfit with your gown, as well as the theme of your wedding, will go a long way to ensure your big day is one to remember!