As weddings become increasingly more casual and laid-back, the traditional formal tuxedo has lost its footing as the go-to wedding look for stylish grooms. Instead, men are opting for stylish suits they will have the chance to wear again after the wedding, a choice that is both on-trend and downright practical.
When A Suit Works Best
While a sleek tux is still probably your best bet if you’re opting for a formal, elaborate wedding, a suit is the better choice in a wide array of weddings:
- Destination wedding. A lightweight suit (perhaps with the jacket removed except for photos) works best for a beach wedding, while a gray or brown suit fits the natural vibe of a mountaintop wedding.
- A morning or afternoon wedding. Daytime weddings are growing in popularity, and a tux will most likely feel out of place at your brunch reception.
- A backyard wedding. Backyard weddings, often with less traditional receptions featuring food trucks, barbecue, or lawn games and canapes, are meant to be charming but comfortable. A tux will seem too fussy in this setting, but a suit is just right.
- A romantic elopement. More and more couples are choosing to skip the fuss (and expense!) of a traditional wedding in favor of elopement. A tailored suit will help your elopement feel special and look great in the photos you send to friends and family back home.
Focus On Fit & Style
Unlike the tux rentals of yore that often left grooms in attire that didn’t quite fit or suit their overall look, the wedding suit trend means a focus on individual fit and style. You will want to allow plenty of time to have your suit professionally tailored, ensuring that perfect custom fit that will make you look like you’re on the cover of GQ.
The modern suit tends to be worn with a slimmer fit, and comes in such a wide range of shades and fabric you may feel even more overwhelmed by options than your bride. If you hope to wear the suit often after your wedding, a neutral like gray, tan, or navy is a great bet.
Some adventurous grooms are choosing bold color and even patterns in their suiting, whether it’s olive green, checked tweed, or even an eye-catching burgundy. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Pinterest to get inspired. Just remember to keep your lovely bride in the loop, since she most likely wants your wedding suit to complement her concept of the overall color scheme and look of the wedding.
The shift away from tuxes toward suits for grooms is more practical and economical, while still being quite stylish. If you’d like a consultation to help you find the perfect suit (or tux!) in our boutique, schedule some time with us today.