Fashion Advice for Grooms Who Aren't Sure What to Wear When Tying the Knot

Our start guest blogger, Kacey Mya here with the latest for the fellas!

When you’re up at the altar reciting vows, all eyes will be on you. You’ll want to look your best, even if you know nothing about wedding fashion.

Need help figuring out what to wear? Follow the tips below to find the perfect attire for your big day.

1. Know Your Style

It’s possible to look effortlessly stylish and confident on your wedding day, but it starts with understanding your style and what works best for you.

What you wear will depend entirely on the season, venue, what your partner is wearing, your body type and more. Pay attention to the details by finding fabrics, colors and styles you like.

For example, for an outdoor summer wedding, you won’t be comfortable in a heavy suit designed to hold in body heat. Instead, look for light, breathable fabrics such as linen, cotton or khaki, which allow air to circulate better around your body.

2. Find a Suit

When it comes to how you look in front of your guests, you want to make a good impression. First impressions are so important that they persist despite any contradictory information introduced afterward.

One component to that first impression is the color of your suit. Color — in clothes, advertisements, logos and more — creates long-term subconscious cues in how we regard others.

On your wedding day, it’s best to stick to the more traditional options of blue, black, brown or gray. These colors convey positive qualities and can even influence how people feel about you.

3. Choose Your Neckwear

Now that you have a suit, it’s time to choose your neckwear. The two most common options are the necktie and the bowtie — though you can always go with the classic western bolo.

The necktie is a traditional choice available in endless colors and patterns. If you need help learning how to tie one, there are plenty of resources available online. According to Swedish mathematicians, there are 177,147 ways to do so. Luckily, you only need to know one to get ready for your big day.

Bowties are also a fun option to complement your suit. Some grooms choose to wear a bowtie while allocating neckties to the groomsmen.

4. Pick Some Accents

Next, you’ll want to choose a couple of accessories to enhance your overall style. Just be sure to keep it to one or two, as you don’t want to overshadow your entire ensemble.

Some traditional accessories you may consider adding to your outfit include:

  • A belt or suspenders

  • A pocket square

  • A watch

  • A tie clip

If you want to spice up the traditional with something a little more modern, you can also consider accessories like sunglasses, a hat, scarf or lapel pin.

5. Buy New Shoes

Don’t skimp on your wedding day by wearing a pair of old, worn shoes. Choose something that works with the style and color of your new suit. If everything matches except your shoes, they'll stick out like a sore thumb. You'll also want something formal, such as Oxfords, which are known for their unique lacing.

When looking at shoes, keep in mind where your wedding is going to be held. If the venue is elegant, tiled and indoors, you can choose designer kicks that will steal the show. If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony, one where you might encounter grass, dirt or concrete, you’ll want something a little more practical.

No matter what type of shoes you choose, make sure you're comfortable. You don’t want aching feet distracting you on your wedding day.

6. Hire a Tailor

If you aren’t buying a custom-made suit — and most grooms aren’t — you’ll want to visit a tailor before the big day. This should be your last step, something you do once you have the entire outfit put together. Getting measured by a professional tailor will ensure your suit fits perfectly and complements your body type.

A tailor can also be an excellent resource for all suit-related questions, such as types of garments, materials, styles, sizes and accessories to include.

Choosing Your Wedding Attire

When it’s time to tie the knot, there’s no need to worry about what to wear, even if you’re clueless about wedding fashion. Follow the tips above to find the perfect outfit and look your best on your big day.