Let’s be honest, when it comes to planning wedding day fashions, the emphasis is often placed on the bride—as family and friends wait in anticipation to see what the bride will wear as she walks down the aisle.
But there’s another person at the heart of this special day. Someone who is also experiencing this wonderful journey and is equally as excited to look their best. Yes, we're talking about the groom!
This is why when Clinton Moxam, a model and content creator who is planning a fall 2021 wedding with his fiancé Uche, came to us looking for a stylish tux, we jumped at the opportunity to take him shopping. The location: Men's Wearhouse in Chicago, the city where he'll say "I do" come September.
To no one's surprise, Clinton looked extremely dapper throughout the whole experience (seriously, so handsome in his looks!), and we’re excited to share his journey—and offer advice to grooms who are on the hunt for the perfect suit or tux.
Read on for all the details on making a custom suit and tux with Men's Wearhouse—plus a BTS look at everything Clinton tried on, as photographed by Abby Jiu Photography.
Clinton currently calls Chicago home, so the groom-to-be visited his local Men’s Wearhouse to help him create the perfect tux. A team of style experts opened the store an hour early to ensure a safe and socially distant experience, adhering to all current COVID-19 protocols.
When custom creating (or shopping for) a suit or tuxedo, it's extremely helpful to start with an idea of what you'd like to wear. Even if you end up changing your mind throughout the process, having a starting point will allow you to feel at ease while browsing the endless options of styles and brands.
Fashion and trends change, so I want to make sure what I wear on [the wedding day] isn't just the trend for right now.
For Clinton, he knew he wanted his look to be traditional, clean, and timeless. He reveals “The last thing I want is to look back in 10 years and have to ask myself: What was I thinking wearing some type of crazy suit. Fashion and trends change, so I want to make sure what I wear on [the wedding day] isn't just the trend for right now.”
The style experts at Men's Wearhouse immediately profiled Clinton's style preferences to ensure all his needs were met. Since many aspects and decisions go into creating a custom suit and tux, everything from the fit and fabric, to the lapels and pockets, must be considered.
He admits, "I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to suits, but they took great care of me."
In order to ensure Clinton knew what styles would work for him, the Men's Wearhouse team had him try on several different suits to test his options.
A major difference between shopping for a suit or tux, and custom-creating one, is being able to see the actual product. While creating a custom look is unique and fun, it's sometimes hard to envision what you'll look like once the suit is ready. Experts recommend trying on different looks to help determine what you do and do not like.
His first look? A two-button notch lapel tuxedo from BLACK by Vera Wang. Clinton reveals, “The tuxedos from Vera Wang were my favorite. I loved the quality and I felt as though I was able to move really well in them. Top-notch!”
Next: A postman blue, windowpane suit from Suitor. He admits, “There was a navy plaid suit by the brand Suitor that I was in love with, honestly. I wouldn't choose it to wear on my wedding day, but maybe when I run for president? Who knows!”
His third look was a Hart Schaffner Marx tan windowpane suit. He paired it with a Jos. A. Bank burnt orange geometric tie, and a Joseph Abboud paisley pocket square.
Grooms with more non-traditional fashion aesthetics should make note of the colors and patterns of this look.
The fourth look (and a favorite of ours), was a custom Joseph Abboud midnight tuxedo, which he paired with a Joseph Abboud formal shirt and a Calvin Klein black bow tie.
The Men's Wearhouse team put me in a few different suits that surprised me when I put them on and I really loved their suggestions.
Last but not least, he tried on an extremely classic and crisp Egara white dinner jacket. It was paired with a Calvin Klein black bow tie and black patent leather shoes.
"The Men's Wearhouse team put me in a few different suits that surprised me when I put them on, and I really loved their suggestions," he shares of the overall experience. "They knew what they were talking about, and helped guide my thought process. I learned a lot and they made me realize I need to add a few more suits to my wardrobe."
Though you’ll have to wait until the big day to see his final look, (he and Uche are creating his custom tux together!), we know it'll look extraordinary.