Tuxedo’s, Tiara’s and Tulle – All About the Groom

In my final post on all things bridal for June, I thought I would offer some tips to the Groom!

A vital part to any wedding, sometimes lost in the sea of tulle and tiaras, but never forgotten.

The modern man cares about his look just as much as the bride, so lets focus our attention on him this week.

Steeped in tradition, the tuxedo, in my humble opinion, is not to be messed with.

Sure, add subtle touches of whimsy and personalized details, but don’t challenge perfection.

The finish of an impeccably fitted suit is a sight to behold.

It can make a man look five kilo’s lighter and inches taller, I kid you not!

Add to this a made to measure shirt and a gentleman is set for his big day.

Now, I have no issue with hiring menswear for any occasion, but I do feel if you are in the market for a suit, then now is the time to but one.

Every man needs at least one suit in his wardrobe.

Choose a classic colour, black, grey or super stylish navy.

Quality fabric is a must, light weight merino wool is a great option.

The made to measure shirt is a item that can be worn again and again.

If you look at the cost of an off the rack number compared to bespoke, generally the difference is less than double.

A sublime shoulder, faultless French cuffs and a consummately fitted collar are priceless.

We found a fantastic tailor in Hong Kong years ago, who travels to Australia twice a year, at last check he charged LESS than a shirt off the rack.

As my husband has very broad shoulders and shorter arms, a generic size fits one area perfectly and not the other.

This tackles the problem beautifully.

Think about whimsy.

If you’re a little bit rock’n’roll, why not add an Alexander McQueen pocket square or skull and cross bones tie pin?

Check out www.mrporter.com for a cool selection.

Maybe line your jacket in a different shade that works with the colour palette of the wedding.

You can try this idea with inside of collar and cuffs on your bespoke shirt.

I love French cuffs, and a lovely wedding gift from your bride to be are cuff links. These can be fun too, and subtle.

What’s not fun is a hot pink satin cummerbund.

The last word is no novelties on the special day!

Grooming is essential too. Get a great haircut 2 weeks prior.

If you don’t have a hairdresser, ask your fiancee, mates, or around the office.

A fantastic quiff is a must, so no dodgy quick cuts!

Also, ask if you can go back the day before the wedding to have your hairline and sideburns tidied up.

If you desire, experiment with product, you want to look slick in those photos!

A good stylist will ask the kind of look you are aiming for and steer you in the right direction.

And a facial and manicure is not out of the question.

If that’s not your thing, at least make sure your nails are trimmed and clean.

Wedding rings feature in most, if not all wedding photography, so no “just fixed the engine” look.

Shoes should be clean, polished and resoled if needed.

If you have purchased a new pair, make sure they have non slip soles and have been broken in.

Imagine, wincing in pain when walking down the aisle, not a good look.

Add new socks and you are good to go.

With all these things in place, no one will notice last minute jitters, just a handsome, immaculately groomed man waiting to say “I Do”.

And there is nothing more gorgeous than that!

Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor The Culture Concept Circle, 2013

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