5 Tips for Choosing a Groom’s Wedding Suit

A groom wearing a blue suit jacket and a black bow tie.

While the bride typically gets the sartorial spotlight at a wedding, the groom definitely deserves to share in the fashion fun. He should at least be steered in the right direction because if you think it’s easy choosing a suit for the biggest day of your life, then think again. After all, this is no ordinary suit, which is why a groom may have many questions when it comes to selecting the best attire for his wedding day. So here are five tips for choosing a groom’s wedding day suit.

1. Know the Theme of Your Wedding

Is it super formal and traditional, or is it more casual and trendy? Knowing the vibe of your wedding day will help you determine whether you should go for a full-on tuxedo, or opt for a sharp suit (or something even less casual).

2. What Kind of Style Are You Going For?

A bride and groom running across a crosswalk in the city.

Once you know the vibe of your wedding (tux versus suit, traditional versus trendy), you can get into more specifics about the exact look and feel of your suit or tuxedo to match. For example, if you’re opting for a suit, there are a number of different styles, patterns, and colors to choose from including everything from herringbone or plaid to navy blue or red. While tuxes typically come in only black or white, you might consider velvet and/or satin details. Of course, whether you’re wearing a suit or tux, it’s best to blend in with the overall color palette of the wedding day and bride, so make sure you’re taking that into consideration (AKA, you should be consulting with the bride throughout your suit selection process) at this phase.

3. The Fit Matters

Now that you’ve selected your suit, the next step is tailoring. Remember, fit matters. You want to not only feel comfortable, but you also want a suit that complements your specific body type. There are three types of suit fits: classic fit, slim fit, and modern fit.

A classic fit is usually more comfortable and less constrictive than a slim fit or modern fit, allowing room for more movement. A slim fit is just that: slim, cut close to the body, and typically trendier and associated with European cuts. A modern fit is a blend between a classic and slim fit. It’s not as tight as a slim fit, but it’s not as roomy as a classic fit, either. Go with what feels and looks best on your body.

4. Consider the Season

A bride and groom kissing outside in the snow.

When are you getting married? Because if you’re getting married in the winter, you’ll want to consider layering up (which might affect the fit of your suit) and you’ll also want to take into consideration the material of your suit. During the winter months, you might consider wearing a heavier fabric like wool or tweed to keep you warm. Herringbone is another nice option to keep you well insulated when it’s cold outside. On the other hand, you’ll want to opt for a lighter and more breathable fabric if you’re getting married in the summer or in a warm climate.

5. Don’t Forget Accessories

Accessories do make or break the outfit, including the groom’s suit. If you’re wearing a tuxedo, you’ll want to consider the color and look of your bow tie. Cufflinks are also important. Do you want to opt for something more traditional or playful? If you’re getting hitched in the winter, you might want to think of adding a stylish hat and scarf to your ensemble. For a summer suit look, consider adding a splash of color or a fun pattern to your tie.

As you can see from the tips above, there are a few key points to consider when selecting a wedding day suit. But by taking into consideration the look and feel of your wedding, you’ll easily select the best suit for you (that won’t draw attention from the bride).

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