Yesterday, I bought a Donnell and Courtney Baldwin's book - an husband and wife wardrobe styling team with emphasis on styling for modern grooms and gentlemen - (GROOMS: A Professional Stylist’s Guide to Wedding Day Apparel for Every Budget) and it gave me the occasion to think about this blog-post about -> THE GROOM!
It's no secret that the bride is the main attention at every wedding. However, her stunning aspect wouldn't be complete without an elegant groom by her side.
In this book, the fashion authors provide insight on how to begin the selection of a man’s wedding dress, how to master the look, and the ways to save money.
With stunning photography by international wedding photographer, Alea Lovely http://www.alealovely.com/, Donnell and Courtney Baldwin have uniquely coined eight types of grooms from “The Classic Groom ” to “The Rustic Groom” that form the chapter's titles of the book.
Find below some types of GROOM:
The Chic GROOM
If the thought of satin lapels and patent leather shoes gives you the hives, you may be a “Chic Groom”. You want the common style of a suit but do not desire the obligation of a tuxedo:
-When wearing a necktie, even a knit one, make sure to put a dimple in the tie just below the knot and to distinguish you as the groom
-Request that your groomsmen wear black knit neckties, which will be a small deviation from your grey knit necktie.
- Add to your style a waist coat. It is a perfect accessory – whatever the era or season or place!
A few recommended venues for this look: church, historic home, or city hall elopement.
The Classic GROOM
When we think of the Classic Groom, we imagine a smooth, sophisticated man. The Classic Groom is appropriately dressed for the occasion without too much deviation. He is not trying to follow the latest trend.
-When wearing tuxedo trousers, a belt is not appropriate and when the top button of your tuxedo shirt is fastened, you should be able to get no more than your index and middle fingers between your neck and shirt collar
- ThE boutonniere should always be positioned on the left revere of a gentleman's jacket to cover the buttonhole stitch.
- Use a Pocket watch. This perfect vintage accessory works very well with a classic style. Such a simple addition instantly gives some old world elegance to even the most modern suits!
A few recommended venues for this look: hotel grand ballroom, country club, grand library.
The Preppy GROOM
This look is for the guy who is smart and confident. When we think of a preppy groom, we think of the guy who has, or desires to have, a very collegial look.
-Do not mix pincord pieces in different colors on your wedding day and select a dress shirt in white or a pastel color to coordinate with a pincord suit or navy blazer.
-Consider skipping the socks and giving your pants a messy roll if appropriate for your wedding style and location
-Plan to use suspenders: whether functional or purely decorative, suspenders are the accessory of choice for the more relaxed, rustic, casual wedding
A few recommended venues for this look: inn, boathouse, or grandtent.
The GROOM in Color
The Groom in Color aims to be different through his use of color in his wardrobe, and most importantly, for his wedding day. He is artistic, confident, and adventurous, willing to travel off the 'black tuxedo' path.
-Consider pairing the color jacket or blazer that you have selected with a more traditional black or navy pant if a full suit of the color you have selected may be too much for the wedding day.
-If you are going to wear a bow tie, think that it is the essence of vintage chic for any gents! It has been in fashion since the 18th century and you could vary its style by choosing floral decoration, velvet or tweed for a smart looK
-If you like to use pocket squares with patterns or prints, please select one with a pattern or a print that contains the same color as your bow tie.
A few recommended venues for this look: loft, restaurant, or winery.