Groom & Groomsmen
After starting the week with a post for the ladies (I do hope you didn’t miss those gorgeous dresses from Rue De Seine yesterday, they were just glorious!) today’s is definitely dedicated to our men. So far this year I have looked at wedding trends and wedding dress trends for 2014 (part I and part II), and not wishing for our beaus to feel left out, today I share my top five grooms & groomsmen trends for 2014! For far too long our boys have played it safe with their wedding day attire, but I think 2014 will be the year we will see more gorgeous grooms expressing their unique styles and letting their personalities shine through. Fashion might dictate certain key looks, but the most important ‘trend’ for this year will be ‘different’ ~ grooms joining our brides in wanting to put their own stamp on their wedding day style. So here to inspire and excite you are five of my favourite looks…..
Mismatched dresses for bridesmaids have been going strong (and only getting stronger in fact) for a few seasons now, but it has taken a while for the boys to catch on and for this trend to start to emerge for groomsmen. For all the same reasons this works so well (and is indeed something of a sanity saver) for our ladies, it works for the men too – so much easier when planning weddings long distance, and saving pennies if groomsmen can wear suits they already own or are happy to pay for as they will wear them again, plus of course your groomsmen are individuals so let their outfits reflect this.
Choose different shades of the same color for all of the grooms party for a smart and cohesive look…..
Or even different style suits in contrasting and complimenting shades…..
Or mismatch accessories but keep the trousers and shirts the same…..
Mismatched Groom & Groomsmen – Jo Bartholomew
Or choose a style and colour palette and leave the rest to them…..
Mismatched Groom & Groomsmen – Ryan Ray Photography
I think we all too often forget to apply the same rule to the groom as to the bride. We say that you should look and feel like yourself on your wedding day, just the very best version of yourself – so if you don’t usually wear your hair up, don’t on your wedding day. And likewise for the groom, if he’s not known for his smart dapper styling and has never worn a suit in his life, why start on your wedding day? Your groom can look just as gorgeous in a smart casual outfit and it is the perfect alternative to the traditional suit for more casual or outdoor weddings – and this look works perfectly with the trend above too!
Smarten jeans up with casual jackets…..
Or choose smart knits, especially snug for an Autumn or Winter wedding…..
Or how about shorts for a hot summer look…..
Think country gentleman with tweeds, herringbones paisleys and on occasion plaids. This isn’t about an era or a cut it is about a casual look with an old world timeless elegance. When shopping for this particular look ask yourself – “Would Lord Grantham wear it?” if the answer is yes, then you have knocked the english heritage nail on the head!
English Heritage Groom via The Fuller View
For a more subtle or less country look choose grey over brown…..
English Heritage Groom via Me & My Bentley
Or just a single accessory in the style…..
English Heritage Groom via Torono Man Blog
And avoid your wedding party looking like a shooting party by keeping this trend just for the groom. If you want to carry it through the whole groom’s party, choose an accessory – like a paisley pockerchief or tweed waistcoats.
Art Deco & the 1920s
Thank Baz Luhrman, or actually Leonardo DiCaprio for looking so fine in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby for this trend, which started in 2012, marched straight on through 2013 and is going nowhere for 2014.
And perhaps the equally gorgeous and ill-fated Matthew Crawley!
1920s Art Deco Groom & Groomsmen via Chic Vintage Brides
From top hat and tails to the more relaxed 3 piece suits, this look is dapper and all about opulence…..and a well fitting suit!
You can even recreate some of Gatsby’s greatest looks thanks to Brooks Brothers
Gatsby inspired Tuxedo via Brooks Brothers
Gatsby inspired white suit from Brooks Brothers
Of course the easiest way to express personality and individuality is with colour and over the years we have started to see Grooms with pops of colour through socks, braces, ties and pockerchiefs. But this year I see grooms getting braver and bolder, with coloured suits, particularly jewel tones of deep blues, emeralds and purples…..
But pastels are no longer reserved just for bridesmaids and fancy dress costumes.
When it comes to colour, I would say if you’re going bright (or anything but blue) keep it for just the groom. But really this year anything goes…..
So, what do you think? What are you envisioning seeing your man in? I gave Mr E free reign for our wedding, although I suspect he chose what he thought I would like….and he wasn’t wrong. If you’re after yet more inspiration, take a look at my 10 Ways to Style Your Groom (and his men) Vintage post – from suits and accessories to other finishing touches there is something for every budget, season, era and style. Or if you are planning a Fall wedding take a peek at 5 Dapper Looks for Autumn Grooms, or for a Winter wedding these 5 Dashing (and warm) Groom’s Looks for the season – I also have Spring and Summer posts planned so keep an eye out for them!