Five Tips for Groom and Groomsmen Formal Wear

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Today I want to give a little love to the well dressed grooms and groomsmen out there, as well as to those who maybe WANT to be well dressed, but don't know how. This blog is for you! A fitted and well cared for tuxedo or suit will make a world of a difference to the style and elegance of the wedding day. Sure, the decor might look nice, and the dress might bring to you a lot of compliments, but if the guys aren't put together the photos will remind you of the unpreparedness. So today I want to give you five of my best tips to avoid any mishaps and take your gorgeous event to the next level! 

One: Find The Suit That's Right For The Wedding

A blue suit might be trendy, and a tuxedo is such a classic look , but if it doesn't fit the vibe of your wedding or blend with your chosen colors well enough, the guys are going to stand out rather than compliment! Find two options that would work for not only the style of your groomsmen, but your wedding as well and make your final decision based on availability.

Two: Know Your Size

No matter whether you purchase or rent, you're going to want to know your size. And more importantly, anticipate your size for your actual wedding day! Planning on losing weight? Bulking up? Before renting or getting your final fitting, know what you're actually going to weigh. If you can go the extra mile, get yourself measured at a tailor or local formalwear shop.

Not gonna happen? I highly recommend renting from The Black Tux, where they use an algorithm to help you find your right size without the fuss of tape. If you're in the Portland area, you'll now easily be able to see their material and find the right look for you with their newly opened showroom on NW 23rd. The space is laid back, but still brings an element of sophistication. The showroom associates themselves are highly knowledgable and have done a great job of creating a community with their client base, without being pushy or out of touch. 

Three: The Sooner The Better

Although some rental shops and online stores ship out two weeks before the wedding, it's ideal to set your rental date asap so you can guarantee the suit you actually want. If you wait too long, either your fit or style will be gone, or there won't be enough for your number of groomsmen. As soon as you know your style, I say start shopping around!

Four: Add In The Personality

Despite what you might be thinking now, there are actually a lot of ways for you to add in your personal flair to your suit without overwhelming the look. The best example of this is your socks! Each groomsman can choose his own look, or you can coordinate based on favorite sports team or style and pattern. These days lapel pins are their own statement and there are so many options to choose from! Here is another opportunity to either match your groomsmen, or allow each to make his own decision, appropriate to the wedding of course! 

Five: Know What To Do Before The Wedding

Don't make the mistake of forgetting to research how to tie your tie or how to fold a pocket square, and don't count on your groomsmen or the bridesmaids knowing how to do this as well. Do yourself a favor and know how to style yourself in advance. Encourage your groomsmen to learn this as well so your getting ready time is used efficiently. Lastly, don't forget, the last button on your jacket is always left undone!