Dressing The Groom – Styling Tips from Moirai Style
Dressing The Groom
It may be a long-standing tradition that weddings predominately revolve around the bride and ‘The Dress’, but times are a changing and grooms are stepping up to the mark and putting their stamp on things in the style stakes. Below, Bride Club ME vendor club member Barbaranne, the gorgeous designer and founder of Moirai Style, offers her styling tips for our groom-to-be readers.
Hello BCME readers! Here at Moirai, we thought we’d help all you dapper grooms-to-be out by putting together a ‘Go-to Guide’ for all your wedding day attire needs. In my opinion, the dress code for grooms is lead more by personality, rather than what is traditionally expected.
So, first up, ‘The Suit’. What are the options?
The Morning Suit
Traditionally seen at royal weddings or on a toff at Ascot, this consists of tails (jacket), a waistcoat, and either plain or striped trousers. A morning suit would probably suit a traditional church wedding held earlier in the day. It is still a popular choice, but I would try to add a fashion element to it by going for a 3/4 tails with tux detail, or a slate grey colour with modern highlights. (You could also add a cane.)
The Modern Man’s Suit
Modern attire for a modern groom should be slim fit (preferably) and tailored to perfection. Teamed with a smart tie, pocket square and sharp shoes, you can’t really go wrong with this option. A shawl collar is a great update to the suit and works well for a wedding. You can also be creative with your shirt choice; a subtle floral print is a great look for a summery country-style wedding. Don’t be afraid to be fashion-forward with your choices.
The 3 PC’er
A personal favourite of mine, this wedding-day winner is slim fit with a modern cut to the waistcoat and a statement tie. You could accessorise with cufflinks, a tiepin and a colorful pocket square to make it pop. A dark navy or bright blue works well in this style and is a great shade to co-ordinate with accent colors. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the awesome burnt orange suit in the bottom right-hand corner! (Love the tie too!)
Black tie is an increasingly popular choice for the groom’s attire, particularly for late-afternoon/evening weddings. You can update this classic by choosing an alternative colour such as aubergine or slate blue. Also, pop ‘Black Tie’ on your wedding invites and you’ll have one snazzy wedding on your hands. (Just saying!)
The Casual Option
Maybe you’re getting married on a beach in Thailand (lucky you!) or at a vineyard in sunny Spain. Whatever the location, if your wedding day is set to be a scorcher, the last thing you want is to be melting in a heavy wool suit. So choose your style and your fabrics wisely. If you want to stick with a traditional suit, make sure the wool is a summer weight.
Otherwise, you could go for a more casual style and opt for a linen suit with an open shirt collar or lose the jacket completely and just wear a really smart waistcoat and trousers. You can accessorise it up (I’m thinking braces and a bow tie!) and it can look just as good. Keep colours quite muted and go for dusky tones or neutral shades. You can always add a pop of colour with a buttonhole or tie.
Whatever you decide to wear on your big day, make sure it’s something you feel 100% awesome in. A well-made suit, be it bespoke or bought off-the-rack, should see you into old age.
Now that you’ve nailed the suit, next up is how to accessorise it and what to do with your ushers. Watch this space for our next ‘Dressing the Groom’ installment on www.brideclubme.com!
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