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Dress Up your Groom’s Attire


Why should brides have all the fun? Groom’s attire usually doesn’t garner much attention; you tell your fiance to get a black or gray suit or tux, give him a swatch of your colors to match his tie, and that’s it! Keep in mind, though, that this is the groom’s day, too! There are a lot of options to make his attire stand out and represent his style and personality!

Just because he won’t be walking down the aisle doesn’t mean your guests won’t have their eyes on the groom! You have to make sure that your man is looking his best when you say your vows, and there are a lot of cost-friendly ways to separate your groom from the rest of the groomsmen’s attire!

suit color

Groom's Attire | B Frohman Imaging | As seen on

B Frohman Imaging

The easiest way to spice up your menswear look is by breaking away from the black tux, according to American Commodore Tuxedo. Ray from ACT notes that weddings have shifted into a more casual affair. Gray and tan are popular for weddings, and navy has seen a resurgence! Get a colored suit – like maroon, navy, tan, or gray – Sami from Boumadi Men’s Clothier and Tailoring suggests light blue for spring! Offset a black tuxedo with a pop of color on your vest!

Groom's Attire | Rachel Solomon Photography | As seen on

Rachel Solomon Photography

Adding some texture to your suit by choosing an uncommon fabric can be a great way to add visual interest, too! Tweed or leather can be some great options and come in a variety of colors.

The fit of the suit or tuxedo is also an important factor in choosing your attire. While the slim cut is currently trending, it doesn’t work with every body type. Nancy from Tuxedo Junction suggests choosing a style that will complement all the groomsmen and father-of, as well as the groom. While a modern cut is still classic and tapered, it can be more comfortable and flattering to all body types.


Dress Up Your Groom's Attire | Xandra Photography | As seen on

Xandra Photography

Of course, if you’d rather be more traditional yet still have a fun accent accessory, the tie is the best way to dress up a black tux/suit. You can easily add some flavor to an otherwise traditional groom’s look with this accessory!

Print and Color

Groom's Attire | Candid Canons | As seen on

Candid Canons

If a groom wears a colored tie other than black or gray, it’s usually a color that corresponds to the bridesmaids’ dresses and the wedding’s color scheme. It can be fun to separate the groom from his groomsmen by using a darker shade of the same color – plum versus lavender – or by featuring him in a different color altogether. However, it can be quite fun for both the groom and bride by shopping for an unexpected and unique tie! Look for patterns – like chevron or stripes – and prints – like polka dots or floral – to mix things up! Just keep in mind that the tie should be a darker color than his shirt. If your groom is a stylish man who likes to try out new trends, talk to your local Men’s Formalwear expert to see what’s popular and how you can spice things up.

Bow Ties

Groom's Attire | Courtney Bowlden Photography | As seen on

Courtney Bowlden Photography

Of course, another way to dress up your tux or suit using a tie is the way you tie it! Instead of the typical Windsor Knot, a fun-loving groom can rock a bow-tie! According to American Commodore Tuxedo, Boumadi Men’s Clothier and Tailoring, and Tuxedo Junction, bow-ties are the most popular wedding option this season! Not every man has the confidence to pull off this look, but if they’re willing to give it a try, amp up the surprise even more by adding a fun color or print!


Groom's Attire | Artistic Photography by Glenda | As seen on

Artistic Photography by Glenda

Socks are a phenomenal way for the groom to look traditional while feeling rebellious. Because no one will see his socks until he is seated at the reception, he and his groomsmen can feel like they’re sharing a fun secret and breaking away from tradition while you still have a well-dressed man to say “I Do” to.


There many other ways to dress up your suit or tux, but the fabric color, tie, and socks are the easiest and most common trends. However, we’ve got a few other ideas to inspire the fashionista inside your groom!


Groom's Attire | Delbarr Photography | As seen on

Delbarr Photography

A single peak lapel should be worn at a more relaxed, casual wedding while a notched lapel is typically worn for a more formal affair. A suit or tux with a custom lapel isn’t commonly found at most retail stores and may have to be specially ordered. However, it can add a chic touch that makes your man feel confident and classy for his wedding. Words of advice: go for a thinner lapel, as they’re more modern and in-style.

Pocket Square

Groom's Attire | Delbarr Photography | As seen on

Delbarr Photography

Pocket squares can be a great way to add a subtle color to an otherwise boring suit. “It’s the finishing touch,” Nancy from Tuxedo Junction says. Ray from American Commodore Tuxedo has seen some grooms adding layers of pocket squares in different colors. This adds some color and texture to a suit! If you choose a colorful or busy tie, adding a colorful pocket square will likely clash. However, if you have a simple tie, choose a pocket square with a fun print. The print and color should not match your tie, though.

“Pocket squares and boutonnieres are not mutually exclusive,” according to Nancy from Tuxedo Junction. You can sport a pocket square and a boutonniere, but both should be worn on the left lapel over the heart, and their colors should complement each other.


Groom's Attire | Black Dog Photo Co. | As seen on

Black Dog Photo Co.

Cufflinks won’t make a huge impact on your groom’s wardrobe, but it adds a touch of sophistication! Customize a pair as his wedding gift using his initials or “I Do” and “Me Too.” He can also find cufflinks that have some color to them by purchasing some with sapphire or ruby stone accents.

There are a lot of options when it comes to dressing up your groom’s attire! Talk with him to see how flexible and willing he is to try fun trends and go shopping together for fun patterns!


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