With all the buzz surrounding wedding planning, sometimes your groom's style can get, well, overlooked. There's the venue, the decor, and of course, the dress... and while you (obviously!) made it a point to style those down to the last detail, you also (yikes!) somehow didn't put so much effort into what your guy's going to wear.
Chances are your future husband is not so excited to shimmy into a rented tux. And why should he be? According to Donnell Baldwin, a professional menswear stylist and co-founder of Mr. Baldwin Style, "groom styling" is not as daunting as it seems. In fact, it's actually very easy for a man to master a personalized wedding day look, he just needs to follow some guidelines.
Photo: Alea Lovely
Donnell and his wife, Courtney, recently penned GROOMS: A Professional Stylist's Guide to Wedding Day Apparel for Every Budget. The couple hopes the book inspires grooms to get excited about their look(s) for the big day, and also consider what complements their partner and wedding style.
BRIDES had the chance to sit down with the authors to learn how your guy can define his personal "groom style". They suggest looking beyond body type and physique. Spoiler alert: the wedding venue, season, theme, and bride's gown (and its formality!) play a big role.
Here are three of their self-coined "groom's styles" that may be a fit for your guy!
1.The Classic Groom Remixed
"This groom is the classic guy who incorporates non-traditional elements into his look. [He loves] tradition with an upgrade," says Donnell. "These looks are perfect for the guy who is preparing to either elope or have a large ceremony with family and friends. Mix it up with a tuxedo jacket in an alternative material like black velvet worn with a black turtleneck for a fall/winter wedding," he adds. "For a spring wedding, try a pastel shirt under your tuxedo or a navy suit for a more casual wedding."
2. The Rustic Groom
"You will find the Rustic Groom admiring billowing trees, mountain views, and anything else related to nature. He is outdoorsy and adventurous and 'no fuss, no frills', says Donnell. "Adding details like a flannel bow tie, a wool waistcoat or brown suede Chelsea boots offer the rugged sensibility that this groom seeks."
3. The Groom in Color
"For someone who is a bit more adventurous in their every day style, wearing a colored suit or tuxedo can be a great way to differentiate your wedding day look," says Donnell. "The Groom In Color is artistic, confident, and at times quirky. As long as the color coordinates with your chosen wedding scheme and bride, darker jewel tones like a burgundy or forest green can be very sharp."
Above all, the Baldwins suggest that a well-dressed groom is the one who looks and feels like the very best, cleaned-up version of himself. "Everything is not for everybody. Your clothing should look natural; not like you are playing dress up."
A final tip? "It's also a good idea to save a new haircut or beard for after the honeymoon," he adds. "Unless you've tried it in the past and it's bride-approved!"
Photo: Alea Lovely
ABOUT THE BOOK:
GROOMS: A Professional Stylist's Guide to Wedding Day Apparel for Every Budget was written as a style and go-to guide for the modern groom. In the book, the Mr. Baldwin Style team provides insight on how to begin the selection process of a man's wedding day attire, how to master the look, and ways to save money in the process. You can purchase your copy on Amazon.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
As a New York City based company, Mr. Baldwin Style focuses on wardrobe styling and image consulting for the modern groom and gentleman. Understanding that "groom stylist" is a new term and service, Courtney and Donnell Baldwin penned GROOMS to provide soon-to-be-married couples with expert advice on grooms' apparel from planning to flawless execution.