The vast majority of the attention to clothing at a wedding is focused on the bride and a bit on the bridesmaids, and rightly so. The wedding dress is usually the focal point of the festivities and costs an arm and a leg. However, us guys still want to look handsome in our groomsmen’s suits or tuxes. Here’s how Maria and I (but mostly Maria) assembled the groomsmen’s suits and accessories for our wedding.
It was important that the men’s attire for our wedding match the classic, vintage theme. Tuxes were too formal for the tented reception and casual details we had planned, so we focused on suits for myself and the groomsmen. The decision to rent or purchase suits was an easy one. We are practical people and it just made sense to invest in new suits for the groomsmen. The costs were comparable and, at the end of the day, the groomsmen would have a new suit to add to their closet. Maria and I shopped around at a few stores and finally found what we were looking for at Jos. A. Bank. After looking at a couple suits and not feeling strongly about any of them, our salesman brought us the Joseph Slim Fit suit in taupe with a blue pinstripe. And we were sold.
I really like this suit. It’s comfortable, light, fit me very well and it just looks like a summer suit. My suit collection is your fairly standard blacks, browns and greys, so it was very nice to have something different to wear for our wedding.
It’s hard to tell from a distance, but there are actually blue pinstripes in the fabric. You can see it better in a close-up shot.
As far as the shirt, we decided that a classic white was the best. My ever-particular Maria even requested that the groomsmen wear white undershirts with sleeves for a uniform look. As she says: “It’s all in the details.”
Rather than a typical necktie, we searched for bowties to pair with the suits. It was a fun nod to classic style from the past and once again was a perfect complement to our outside reception venue. Maria found our bowties on The Tie Bar, which sells men’s suit accessories. We used their Calico Chambray bowtie.
While browsing The Tie Bar, we realized that suspenders would be a fun option that would add further to the classy, yet easygoing look we wanted for our wedding. We were bracing for a hot, summer day and the suspenders would still look dapper if myself and the groomsmen removed our suit jackets in the heat. Maria found these navy Pencil Pinstripe Suspenders that fit the bill perfectly.
Last up was shoes and socks. To complement the blue of the Calico Chambray bowtie, the groomsmen wore Village Argyle socks from Gold Toe Socks. For the shoes, we decided on the tan Aldo Liadan Cap Toe Oxfords at DSW.
Both the shoes and the socks were very comfortable and my feet were in pretty good shape at the night of the day despite standing and walking the entire day.
Since the suits were such an investment for our groomsmen, Maria and I purchased all of the socks, bow ties, suspenders and shoes for the men in the bridal party. It offset their costs and made for a very practical groomsman thank you gift.
The small items fit perfectly into a small kraft paper box tied with an ivory bow.
Once you put that whole package together, it looked great. A classy, yet casual suit and tie with some great accessories.
The taupe groomsmen’s suit with blue accents paired perfectly with the ombre-inspired bridesmaid dresses that Maria selected for our wedding. Just look at this well-coordinated bridal party.
If you’re interested in seeing details on the rest of our wedding, you can check out the whole Wedding Wednesday series. Thanks to BTW Photography for the great photos from our special day. You can also see a complete gallery from our wedding in this blog post.
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