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Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding

So here on SBB, we are often all about the girls (well, it is SouthBound bride, after all). But we really do want to make sure that we’re offering inspiration for the boys as well. And the biggest question I get when it comes to the groom and his merry men is: “What colour should the groom wear if our colour scheme is x”. Ah for the days when this was an easy answer, and all you had to do was match your blush and bashful to his shiny cummerband, right? (I’m kidding, obvs. NObody misses the cummerband.) In fact, the first questions to ask when choosing your groomswear aren’t about the colour scheme at all, but rather about the formality of your wedding, the time of day it will be held, and what will make him (and his budget) comfortable. So taking thes factors into account, I’ve put some options together for ice-cream pastel weddings (one of the more challenging of the groomswear dilemmas). Simple answer? Don’t make him wear a pink suit.
Brunch & Daytime Weddings
(dresses from idress.co.nz)

By their very nature, pastels lend themselves to this kind of wedding, so this is where a lot of you pastel-loving brides will find yourselves. I’m a big fan of two piece suits in this situation – they’re smart and classic, but with a bit of a casual twist. Accessorise with bow ties or stylish ties, or lose the neckwear completely and have open shirts. Light colours are perfect – grey is my favourite with ice cream shades, although a soft tan works well too.


Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding

So here on SBB, we are often all about the girls (well, it is SouthBound bride, after all). But we really do want to make sure that we’re offering inspiration for the boys as well. And the biggest question I get when it comes to the groom and his merry men is: “What colour should the groom wear if our colour scheme is x”. Ah for the days when this was an easy answer, and all you had to do was match your blush and bashful to his shiny cummerband, right? (I’m kidding, obvs. NObody misses the cummerband.) In fact, the first questions to ask when choosing your groomswear aren’t about the colour scheme at all, but rather about the formality of your wedding, the time of day it will be held, and what will make him (and his budget) comfortable. So taking thes factors into account, I’ve put some options together for ice-cream pastel weddings (one of the more challenging of the groomswear dilemmas). Simple answer? Don’t make him wear a pink suit.
Brunch & Daytime Weddings
Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding | SouthBound Bride
Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding | SouthBound Bride
By their very nature, pastels lend themselves to this kind of wedding, so this is where a lot of you pastel-loving brides will find yourselves. I’m a big fan of two piece suits in this situation – they’re smart and classic, but with a bit of a casual twist. Accessorise with bow ties or stylish ties, or lose the neckwear completely and have open shirts. Light colours are perfect – grey is my favourite with ice cream shades, although a soft tan works well too.

Casual Weddings
Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding | SouthBound Bride
Well Groomed: The Pastel Wedding | SouthBound Bride
Casual wear for grooms has really opened up in the last few years, and to some degree, anything goes. It can be as simple as replacing formal shoes with flip flops or converses, or dropping the jacket in favour of exposed braces (or waistcoats), but can go as far as shorts or jeans if your wedding style is very chilled out. The braces option is idea for pastels, I think. Crisp, classic, but casual. For a beachy wedding, light slacks and crisp white shirts are perfect.


If you have a formal wedding in mind, you’re looking at tuxedos or a high end, three piece suit (or even a black two piece). Of course, if you’re having a very formal morning wedding, it’s a proper morning suit with tails for your boys! Darker colours work best, so if you’re matching to mixed pastel bridesmaids, I’d go for a black or charcoal (navy suits are also very hot right now, but be sure that they work with the mix of pastels you have chosen).

You may notice I’ve steered clear of suggesting ways of bringing pastels into your groomswear so far, and that’s because this is one area where a little goes a long way, especially if you want those mismatched pastels to stand out on your bridesmaids (rather than have the groomsmen compete with them). Plus, you definitely want to avoid being too matchy. All it takes are lovely pastel ties or bowties, or even just boutonnieres to highlight but not overkill your colour scheme. But if you’re feeling bolder, options include having groomsmen in mismatched pastel shirts, pastel suits, or seersucker (a very stylish import from our friends across the Atlantic). The truth is that a confident, fashion conscious groom can carry something unusual and unexpected off (especially when his groomsmen go for a more classic colour and style) – but I’m guessing if you’re marrying one of them, he won’t need my advice to begin with ;)

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Best of 2014: Groom & Groomsmen’s Style

Happy Monday, lovelies! And happy last-day-of-work for so many of you. Today we’re focusing on the boys, and you guys, this has DEFINITELY been the year when grooms have started to really hold their own in the fashion stakes. From coloured suits (in a good way!) to smart casual and casual looks for less formal weddings, and of course, original boutonnieres. And it’s also been the year of the bowtie in South Africa – a few years back I predicted these would be a huge trend and then noted it hadn’t happened, but apparently it just took our boys a little longer to fall in love with a look that many American grooms were already rocking. This year I have seen loads of bowties, and I love them! Another key look this year is the ‘country gentleman’ as I think of it – tweeds, flatcaps, and winter textures. All of these are included below, so let’s take a gander at our most stylish grooms!
Formal & Fabulous






Casual (and Smart-Casual) Chic




Coloured Suits
Hands down my favourite groom’s trend this year has been the move away from black to suits in other colours. We’re not talking crazy rainbow here, but smart variations of navy, grey, etc. can really flatter your guy. After all, if the bride no longer has to wear white, then there are no rules, right? These four stylish grooms showed us how a statement suit is done.




Beau Boutonnieres
And of course we had to round up some of our favourite bouts too, right? Always such a great way for grooms to show a bit of personality or tie subtly into their wedding theme.


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SO WHICH WEDDING SUIT ARE YOU?

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If you’re like most brides you’re totally obsessed with your dress, your hair, your accessories, your shoes... well everything seems to be about you - and why not we say! But sadly often your man can be left out. We’ve seen so many couples leave the groom’s wedding suit right down to the last minute when it should be right up the top of the list of things to get 100% right. After all, it’s he’s big day too and he needs to look smashing in all the same photos as you!
We’ve seen photos from many weddings where the groom’s suit looked... well... ordinary. Rather than looking like the man of the moment, Mr Romeo or a knight in shining armour, they often look like just some guy in an awkward fitting suit. We think each groom deserves an exquisite suit, fit for such an occasion. After all, he needs to look his absolute best alongside his dazzling bride.
If the next thing on your list is to find a wedding suit where should you start? There’s a mind-boggling amount of choices and combos for wedding suits and attire.

So which wedding suit are you?
Having personally styled thousands of wedding suits for grooms over the past few years, we’ve managed to break it down to these styles:
• Formal Wedding Suits (for traditional sit-down or cocktail receptions)
• Casual Wedding Suits (for outdoor or beach weddings)
• Individual Designs (for those flamboyant grooms that like to steal the show!)

The theme of your wedding and reception venue plays a huge role in what sort of wedding suit you should wear e.g. beach wedding, garden wedding, church wedding, cocktail reception etc. Often we see that more relaxed weddings opt for no jacket, and select a dressed-down waistcoat and rolled up trouser and moccasins look, while more formal or church weddings and sit-down receptions tend to go for tuxedo or dinner suit styling with patent leather shoes. The more adventurous may choose a different design altogether – perhaps a 1950’s Rock and Roll or big band look, or even a 1920’s Boardwalk Empire look. 

Ultimately, the design of the groom’s wedding suit should complement his personality. It needs to be something that is an extension of the groom’s character
and something that he is proud and confident to wear. You really don’t want him to look like all the other guys at your wedding, not the groomsmen, or worse, the wait staff at your reception! You want him to stand out and be the man of the moment that he is so he can sweep you off your feet and all that. After all it’s his chance to shine too, so it’s ok to take a few risks, be a bit more flamboyant and choose something memorable and unique in the styling department.

Here are a few ideas to get you started.
 
FORMAL SUITS 
These designs are generally for more traditional weddings and are often seen at church weddings, sit-down receptions and cocktail venues. They epitomise both elegance and timeless charm.

A classic midnight navy one button shawl lapel tuxedo with navy satin trims, for when you’re feeling blue, but in a good way. Or, if it has absolutely definitely has to be black tie... well, you can have it in a solid black as well.
  1. Nothing says formal like a black 3-piece suit with black satin trim on the edge of the lapel & satin highlights throughout. The waistcoat adds sophistication and has similar satin trimmings to unify the look.
  2. A black & white one button shawl lapel dinner suit. The white jacket is paired with black trousers to create a contrast & black satin trims on the jacket tie the whole look together. This is definitely as cool and casual as you can get when you’re supposed to be formal!
CASUAL WEDDING LOOKS
Maybe dressing to the nines isn’t your style, or perhaps your going for a destination wedding where a formal wedding suit is not just the wrong look, it could be down right impractical (think hot summer’s night in the Mediterranean!). For weddings like these we see many grooms opting for no jackets and lighter airy fabrics.

  1. For more casual affairs such as beach weddings, this linen waistcoat & rolled up trousers is a great look. Rolled up shirt sleeves & open shirt buttons really complete this casual wedding look.
  2. The light-grey waistcoat & trouser look is great for open air and daytime weddings, especially those to be held in hotter climates. This look is also an option for groomsmen.
  3. To really make a statement, try this white linen one- button suit with a shawl lapel. Great for a destination wedding in the Greek Islands, for example. For the less adventurous, try it in a more traditional sand coloured linen.
INDIVIDUAL LOOKS
These looks are all about mixing and matching and taking a more flamboyant and personalised approach to your man’s suiting. They say “clothes don’t maketh the man”, but any groom wearing these outfits is wearing his character on his sleeve... literally.

  1. Pow! A variant of the classic black tuxedo, the grey peak lapel jacket is contrasted against black trousers. The black satin trims also contrast against the grey wool & tie everything together.
  2. This one button jacket with patch pockets in a light grey birds-eye fabric can be worn on a pair of black trousers to make it more formal, but still have that smart casual feel.
  3. This rock-and-roll light blue one-button jacket is contrasted with dark navy trousers. It’s all tied together by dark navy satin trims throughout & piping around the edge of the notch lapel.
  4. If ever there was a statement suit – this is it. Some men may cringe, but rest assured the ladies will be eyeing that confident groom in light-blue, secretly mourning the one that got away.

THE IMPORTANCE OF FIT
No article about wedding suits would be complete without a word about fit. You may not realise it, but the fit of your groom’s suit is pretty much the #1 factor in how he looks. You can choose the perfect colour and perfect design, but if the suit doesn’t fit right, it just won’t look right... and sometimes no amount of alterations can fix it. We recommend that that in order for your groom to look ultra-sharp on your wedding day spend a little more and get it custom tailored.

Can you guess which man had his suit tailored to fit?

SO WHAT NEXT?
As you’ve probably gathered, when it comes to wedding suits, almost anything is possible. To determine which suit to go with consider the theme and venue as well as your individual personalities. The moral to the story is don’t forget your man! Make sure that he looks and feels amazing as well.

Montagio Custom Tailoring’s details:
Located on the bridal showroom level of Sydney’s iconic Dymocks Building, the team at Montagio are always happy to discuss your wedding suit needs and have the unique experience to deliver a perfect look fit for the occasion.


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