By Rachel Torgerson
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the wedding day is the bride's day, to half-quote from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. We all want to know what dress she's wearing, what style it is in, what shoes she chose, et cetera. But, the fact of the matter is, there's another person there. And really, how could we forget about the groom? His fashion choices, admittedly slimmer pickings, are important, too. In fact, they could be catastrophic (we all remember those choice males who took Prom as a way to don canes, blue '70s suits, and top-hats or fedoras—we get the joke, boys, move on).
But now, at least, they can express themselves in a comfortable tailored suit, fit to their style. We talked to Hammer Made's Jason Hammerberg to get the ins and outs of men's fall and winter wedding fashion.
First thing's first: your man wants to be comfortable. Nothing will work unless he feels like he can wear it all day long. Hammerberg says, "Suits that fit are actually very comfortable. Natural shoulders and armholes fit better than a suit that is cut like a box." Fortunately, our comfort-seeking male population can rest easy. Hammerberg assures that trim fitting suits are in style. Look for narrow lapels, shorter coat lengths, higher armholes, and a trimmer silhouette.
In terms of color, grey is currently favored over black, and classic men's patterns and fabrics, such as houndstooth and tweed, are rising in popularity.
Personalize. Some men are adding in special details to their suits, such as embroidering the wedding date, the name of the bride, the name of the groom, or both. This really makes the suit one-of-a-kind and special forever.
Dapper gents can show off their personal flair in a casual or a formal setting. Linen suits with colorful shirts and pocket squares (no tie) are a great choice for an informal beach setting. Requesting a three-piece suit, or a double-breasted suit can amp up the formality of a wedding with style.
Hammerberg advises grooms and their brides to "think of how the pictures will look" when they consider their clothing for the day. But says, above all, remember that your style has to be you.
Photos courtesy of Hammer Made.