Tips for the Formal Groom

We love weddings, and not just for the happy couple’s sake. What other occasions are left to us, after all, when your entire tribe gathers in its dressy best? With thirty-three years of experience custom-tailoring men to their ceremonial best, we believe ourselves uniquely qualified to insure that each groom will be putting his best foot forward.

If the goal is to project a formal yet stylish individuality, the classic tuxedo can be both rakish and the perfect rig to stand at the altar. Nothing makes a man look more elegant  than the crisp contrast of a white shirt against a well-cut black or midnight blue dinner jacket. As simple as this classic attire might seem, there are a surprising variety of design and accessorizing options to make the ensemble individually transformative. Still, there are some fundamentals to consider, as highbrow formalwear rests on a few pivotal elements of classic proportion and style points:

  • A dinner jacket with peak or shawl lapels, typically covered in a silk grosgrain or satin facing

  • A dress trouser whose rise accords with the choice of waist covering

  • A dinner shirt with stud holes placed in relation to your height and waist covering (waistcoat, cummerbund, or neither)

  • A bow tie with a width proportional to the shirt collar, and made from the same material (or one which echoes) the facing on the jacket lapels.

  • A white or other simple linen pocket hank

  • A lapel buttonhole wide enough to accommodate a proper flower (no pinning please!)

While a groom always calls the sartorial tune for his groomsmen, he should always be distinguished from them, however subtly (even if just by the color of flower on his lapel). A man’s wedding day is not only one of the most memorable in his life, but perhaps his most important photo occasion. Many decades and fashion cycles later he will pull out his wedding photos to celebrate, relive, show off, and hopefully inspiring a son or future son-in-law towards setting his own wedding fashion dial for distance rather than speed.