We always discuss what the bride is going to wear for the moments and parties leading up to her special day, but what about the groom? Though he can get away with wearing an expertly-tailored suit to every occasion (as that never fails), there are many more choices for the man who wants to look good and feel even better for his pre-wedding festivities. We tapped the expert advice of men's wardrobe stylist and author of The Business Casual Survival Guide: 30 Looks for Men, Emmi Sorokin for five tips on how any groom can look stylish for his engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and more.
Pre-ceremony events are usually a bit more informal, but the accessories make all the difference.
The engagement party and rehearsal dinner, along with the groom's appearance at the bridal shower, are important events, but don't require a bow tie or tie surprisingly. "For everyone's comfort (and sanity) the pre-ceremony events can certainly be a bit more informal", says Sorokin. "To get a dressy but not overly formal look, the groom can opt for a well-chosen pocket square, a lapel pin, or simple wildflower boutonniere."
If all of your events are formal and traditional, your suit jacket and pants should match.
A suit comes in two complementing pieces for a reason! If you aren't well-versed in fashion, play it safe by matching your jacket and trousers. It's an effortless way to look polished.
Always invest in tailoring.
"Have your tuxedo expertly tailored", says Sorokin. "An average tux when perfectly fitted can transform any guy into James Bond" — and looking as dapper as James Bond is always a good thing.
Letting the bride shine is important, but it's your special day as well. Don't be afraid to have a bit of fun.
Leave "going bold" for the experts, as there is a thin line between being fashionable and looking comical. That doesn't mean that a bit of fun can't be had in the style department. "The stylish groom can dial up the distinction of his big day attire tastefully with a custom suit in a subtly unique fabric, and choosing creative accessories like hybrid wingtip sneakers" adds Sorokin. "The grooms I've styled usually prefer going the dressy yet non-traditional black tie route because those types of pieces can be worn long after the wedding too."
If your bride's eyes would twinkle at the sight of your look, you're definitely wearing the right thing.
Though your loved ones are in attendance, each pre-wedding moment is really something to be shared by the two of you. If the mere sight of you makes her smile and she looks at you with love, you've done a great job.