How to Dress Your Guy Up for the Big Day

Groom Style Tips by Wedding Style

Photo: Lilian Haidar

All eyes will be on the bride as she walks down the aisle, except for one pair: Yours! You'll be looking squarely at the groom, and wouldn't it be nice to see your man looking his very best, too? When it comes to his big-day fashion, don't let your groom walk the aisle in that tired work suit. Whatever your wedding style, there's a dapper look for your husband-to-be that goes perfectly with your wedding dress.

For a Beach Wedding
A pale linen suit will make your groom disappear into the sand. Steer him towards deep blue, which references the water and will pop in pictures. Look for a graphic striped shirt to wear with it, and pick a tie in a solid or muted print. Add a pair of breathable shoes, a playful set off cufflinks, and a classic black belt to pull the entire look together.

For a Garden Party Wedding
A breezy linen suit will keep him cool in the summertime. But cut is key, says stylist Joseph Episcopo: It should skim his body without pulling or bagging. Go for deep khaki paired with a pink or lilac shirt — both shades are surprising flattering on most guys. To keep him comfy in the sun, gift him a great pair of sunglasses or a classic fedora.

See More: Groom Style Upgrade: 4 Cool Pairs of Wedding Shoes

For a Modern Loft Wedding
Since Brad Pitt and Jay Z rocked them on the red carpets this year, white jackets have been, well, white-hot. Nail the look by sticking with a one-or-two-button version in matte wool or cotton; avoid shiny fabrics like rayon. Elevate the look even more with trendy black shoes and a sleek watch.

For a Black Tie Wedding
What guy doesn't look elegant in a tux? For the ultimate black-tie vibe, go for midnight blue — it's richer than black — with of-the-moment peaked lapels and a two-button closure. In the winter, try wool or cashmere, and in summer, a breathable wool-cotton-blend is the perfect pick. To give him that James Bond-vibe, add a classic watch, chic cufflinks, and traditional black shoes.

Pick up our December 2014/January 2015 issue starring model Elyse Taylor on newsstands today or download it here for more of our guide to the groom!

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