It may not seem all that hard to grab a suit and tie and effortlessly rock the perfect wedding look, but there are a few more elements to groom fashion that can lead to outfit fails. There are some common groom fashion mistakes and we’d like to show you and also give some guidance on how you can avoid them to look your absolute best on your wedding day. Remember, your formal wear expert will be able to ensure you are looking dashing on your wedding day, but here are some tips on getting it right:
Wearing a white shirt when the bride is wearing ivory
They may appear to look the same when you do not have them right next to each other, but wearing a white shirt when your partner is wearing ivory will not fare well for your wedding photos. It is a difference that you might think is subtle, but will place your outfits miles apart when you look at your wedding photos and will look like you and your partner were on different planets when you chose what to wear.
Turning up wrinkly
Having a baggy look
Going formal for a casual wedding
While you might be tempted to reach straight for a black tuxedo, the style and colour of the suit you choose will go a long way towards matching the look and feel you want for your wedding day.
The time of the wedding will be a huge guide for the colour of any suit you might like to wear. Lighter shades work best for morning and early afternoons, while darker hues of blue, grey, brown, or black will give the sophistication you need for an evening affair.
Similarly, the three-piece will look a little out of place for a morning wedding, which would lend itself better to simple pants and jacket attire (or even ditching the jacket altogether…).
Forgetting the shoes
Dismissing the power of socks
They may seem like a minute detail that really doesn’t have any bearing on a wedding outfit, but socks are an element that you should consider when pulling your look together. Generally speaking, black or white are faultless but make sure they are a high-quality sock and not something you would wear on a construction site or on a hike.
A lot of grooms and groomsmen are having a bit of fun with socks and gravitating to out-there designs and bold colours for a bit of fun and another option for some unique photos.
When choosing neckwear, pocket handkerchief, and lapel pin, make sure you think about how your colour combo will look when the whole bridal party is assembled. Some couples like the groom to match with the bridesmaids and others prefer a completely different look so there is no uncertainty of who the groom is.
Instead of going too bold with colours, consider the timeless look of an ivory (or white… so as to avoid faux pas number one…) tie or a neutral option like silver.
Forgetting the little details
If you are going to wear metal accessories, like a watch, cuff links, or tie clip, make sure you stick to one shade. They should be all silver, all gold, or all rose gold. Any combination of these will give the impression you’ve thrown them on at the last minute.
Wearing braces and a belt at the same time
Just don’t do it. Suspenders and belts are used for the same purpose – to hold up pants. If you are going for a more retro braces look, ditch the belt. You only have one waist and one pair of pants, so you don’t need two methods of holding them in place.
Not ditching the sunglasses
This is possibly the worst of all of the groom fashion mistakes! One of the most magical things for couples and their guests is seeing the reaction of the couple when they see each other for the first time at the start of the ceremony. Grooms who leave their sunglasses on are robbing their partner of that golden moment when they can look into each other’s eyes and revel in how amazing they both look and feel.
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