Brides aren't the only ones who care about wedding fashion. These days, lots of grooms and groomsmen want to look and feel red carpet-ready on their big day. Tuxedoes and suits are highly customizable with various colors, textures and styles. Additionally, guys have many choices of accessories like ties, shoes and vests.
"We've seen a big uptick in grooms not only wanting to express their own personality, but also giving room to their groomsmen to be themselves," says Mary Kate Gough, a wedding consultant for the custom tailored menswear brand InStitchu. The resulting look focuses on being similar in tone but not matchy-matchy. That's exactly what has happened in bridesmaid fashion, too -- an overall cohesive style but nothing too precise.
Things are getting a bit casual, too, like guys wearing sneakers with formalwear or sporting a simple suit without a tie. "Couples now want their special day to reflect themselves more than anything else, and their styling definitely reflects that," says Gough.
Whatever your fashion approach or goals might be, this year's menswear trends are sure to have you looking and feeling your best.
*Focus on Fit
"The defining trend in men's wedding fashion for 2018 is going to be the fit of formalwear," says Derek Tian, co-founder of Black Lapel, an online custom clothier for men. He says that in the past, men didn't focus on how the suit fit. They were only concerned about the color or the style. "Then they would end up swimming in that suit or tuxedo on their big day," he says. "Not only is this unflattering for their physique, but it makes for terrible wedding photos."
Black Lapel believes that "when you dress better, you feel better." Taking advantage of online custom clothing and tailoring will leave you looking polished and feeling comfortable and confident.
Prints ranging from plaids to florals to checkers are in vogue for jackets, ties and other accessories. Today's groom style is sleek and sophisticated. Gone are boring looks like simple gray or black suits without embellishments. Cummerbunds are passe, too.
"There are more requests for dinner jackets, specifically those in novelty fabrics paired with solid tuxedo pants," says Gough, who's also seeing more requests for metallic colors like silver and chrome. Slim-fit styles are in for jackets and pants, and the new "it" color is royal blue. White shirts are still the go-to formal color, but many grooms are going for colored shirts. For a unique twist to pull the look together, go for suspenders or a belt. But again, make sure the look is refined and fits properly.
Vests are back this year. If you choose one, make sure it has a full back, not just a single strap across your back, which doesn't look elegant. Or you could skip the trend altogether; vestless dress is a thoroughly modern formal look.
Typically, guys go for pops of color in their ties. Neckties are dressy but not overly formal. Bow ties are fancy and on point. These days, both are available in a range of styles, from solids to subtle prints to statement designs that will wow.
*All About Sole
Loafers, boots and oxfords are making a statement in men's formalwear. More specifically, burnished shoes are popular. "Burnished shoes are where the color is a darker hue at the tip of the shoes and fades into a lighter, ombre tone throughout the entire shoe," says Wale Nubi, founder and senior stylist of Jojayden, a one-stop-shop men's haberdashery with custom designs in Chicago. "This shoe is extremely popular in Italy and is becoming a huge fad in America."
Fun socks are a must for grooms and groomsmen. Add personality to your look with socks that sport your favorite sports team logos, superheroes and inspired sayings. Rainbow socks are featured in many LGBTQ weddings.
Whatever your menswear wedding style, finish your look with a classic boutonniere, which is best worn on your left lapel.
There is something to be said for traditions when it comes to weddings. But that doesn't mean you can't create your own! Get creative with your dress to impress on your big day.
Kristen Castillo is a three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist. An editor and writer for wedding magazines, she's written hundreds of wedding articles, as well as an e-book, "Weddings on a Dime."