Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Groom's wedding fashion
Gone are the days when the only choice grooms had was different colour of tie. Over the years, fashions in groom wear have changed with more variety than ever before both in the hire and buying industries.
The choice will depend on your wedding style and your own innate sense of style. Whilst some grooms will be happy to stand out, others will prefer to conform so consider the look you want. And like bridal wear, it is worth keeping in mind that you will be reminded of your nuptial fashion choices for years to come via those treasured wedding snaps.
Suits offer grooms a plethora of different looks. At their most formal level, a groom can channel his inner 007 with a tux that would make James Bond proud. Wearing a tux is a fairly formal statement and works well for formal weddings and venues. But the groom's choice doesn't necessarily transfer to guests. Taking it down a level are tailcoats and classic three-piece suits which will stand the test of time. And then standard suits which, whilst still smart, are less formal.
In reality, grooms opting for a suit are spoilt for choice. Key points to consider when choosing your wedding suit is that it’s made from a decent fabric such as lightweight wool and wool silk blends and make sure it fits well. Suit wearers can opt for different shades with black, navy and grey typically being popular with beiges and lightweight fabrics suitable for those getting married abroad. Colour can be added via ties, bow ties and handkerchiefs. Shoes can also be as traditional or as outrageous as you like with plenty of grooms now opting to make a statement via their footwear. And as well as colour, texture is another option for those looking for something different. Tweed suits with patterned shirts make for a rustic, artisan look.
And it’s likely your groomsmen will be similarly dressed. For larger wedding parties give plenty of time to co-ordinate the buying or the hiring of everything.
Course those with Scottish heritage may be keen to mark the occasion by wearing the traditional Scottish garment - a kilt.
Dating back to the sixteenth century, nowadays there are over 3500 different tartans in a kaleidoscope of colours. And it isn't uncommon for grooms and grooms men to wear a tartan that corresponds to the bridesmaids’ dresses.
And kilts aren't exclusively made from tartan any longer either. In the past few years self-coloured kilts in shades of navy, grey and black have become particularly popular, making a fuss-free choice for chic weddings.
Traditionalists will point out that alongside the kilt are some must-wear items such as the kilt pin, sporran and sgian dubh. White hose used to be in fashion, but black and grey are considered to be more contemporary and paired with flashes that correspond to the kilt tartan.
There are also different shirt and ties combinations with ties, bowties and open neck all possible. And kilt jackets and waistcoats come in a number of different styles such as the Highlander, the swanky looking Prince Charlie and the modern Braemar.
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