Father-of-the-Bride Attire

Matthew Schneier of style.com offers suggestions for dragging Dad's wedding wardrobe into this decade

Updated 06/15/11

This content originally appeared in Brides Local magazines. Prices and other information in this story were accurate at press time, but are subject to change. Please confirm details with individual designers and vendors.

01 of 06

The Look: Tuxedo

Nix the cummerbund and vest and keep it simple with a black satin bow tie. And if the knot you tie isn't perfect, that's fine—it'll have a natural, personal look. (YouTube has millions of how-to videos.) Finish it off with a crisp white pocket square.

Tuxedo, $1,495, and shirt, $175, both Hickey Freeman; bow tie, $110, Alexander Olch.

02 of 06

The Look: Tuxedo

A new pair of dress shoes, like this cap-toe style (instead of a basic lace-up) is an easy way to update the look.

Cole Haan Shoes, $200, Zappos.

03 of 06

The Look: Business Suit

A business suit easily goes from boardroom to ballroom with a light-colored spread-collar shirt (a point collar is more formal) and a thinner, more contemporary tie.

Claiborne suit, $180, JCPenney; Croft & Barrow shirt, $55, Kohl's; tie, $15, The Tie Bar.

04 of 06

The Look: Business Suit

Mix it up with a cheeky pair of bold-patterned socks—just no cartoons, critters, or sports-team logos, please.

Stafford Essentials socks, $24 for 3 pairs, JCPenney.

05 of 06

The Look: Blazer and Khakis

The key to dressing for a casual wedding is to look effortlessly put together. Pull it off with a modern knit tie and slip-on loafers (worn with or without socks) to look comfortable and cool. And when you're going this casual, everything needs to fit properly: The blazer should be well-tailored.

Blazer, $528, Brooks Brothers; shirt, $175, Hickey Freeman; St. John's Bay khakis, $36, JCPenney; tie, $15, The Tie Bar.

06 of 06

The Look: Blazer and Khakis

Shoes, $90, Rockport.

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