In the frenzy of planning a wedding, the groom’s wedding suit can sometimes be neglected in favour of the bride’s dress. No longer. A wedding should celebrate the groom’s beauty as well as the bride’s, so we’ve collected the best suit trends for summer grooms so he has plenty of options to choose from, instead of picking black or blue. We’ve also collected the best tips for how to fit a suit so the groom won’t be busting out of his cummerbund. Just like the bride, the groom should stand out of the crowd on his wedding day.
Before selecting a suit, the groom should be sure that he knows what he’s looking for. Our fitting tips will help him to navigate the murky world of tailored tuxes. Much like a bride’s dress, the groom’s suit needs to flatter his body type. The cut of the suit he selects should depend on what features he wants to emphasise. Double breasted suits will make the groom look broader if he wants to look bulkier, whereas a fitted suit that is pinched at the waist will give a leaner impression if the groom wants to look slimmer. Shorter grooms can select two or three button jackets with a lower waist button if they want to look taller.
Being comfortable and looking good often seems impossible, but our fitting tips will help the groom find the best suit to ensure the perfect wedding day.
- The hem of the jacket sleeve should fall at the wrist bone
- The bottom hem of the jacket should cover the groom’s butt and the vent shouldn’t pull open
- The collar of the jacket should lie flat on the back and sides of the neck
- The pants of the suit should fit comfortably while sitting and standing to ensure there are no emergency tears on the big day
Most tailors and suit retailers will be happy to make alterations to suit purchases or even rentals, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Summer Suit Trends
If the groom is a little indecisive or just wants to have the best of both worlds, this is the look for him. He can make his look pop with a little colour in the top, but have the traditional suit pants to carry off his serious wedding speech. Or vice versa! This is an excellent look for grooms with style who want to show off their individuality.
Nothing will set the groom apart from the crowd more than a unique patterned suit. Even just the patterned jacket will ensure that all eyes are on the groom as he waits at the altar. It would be nice for the groom to have a special wedding suit that reminds him of his big day, just like the bride’s wedding dress. It would be ideal if the suit tied into the decor of the wedding, or if the bride could wear an element of his suit, such as a bracelet or hair accessory of the suit pattern.
The coloured suit trend has been growing steadily at weddings but this trend is best in summer. Although darker coloured suits are more slimming, they can attract more heat in summer. The best summer suit colours are pastels, which make the groom look colourful and fun without any of the sweaty side effects. Again, it’s best to co-ordinate the pastel with the aesthetic of the wedding, but pale blues and pinks are the most popular at the moment.
The bride is wearing white, so why shouldn’t the groom? A white suit will eliminate the worry of co-ordinating wedding outfits and will make the groom look his best (providing he doesn’t spill anything on his suit). White is cool and elegant, and will make the groom instantly recognisable on his big day.
A wedding in summer can be a hot occasion, especially if you’ve chosen a particularly warm location, so opting out of the suit jacket may not be a bad option. A vest-only suit can be a great way of keeping cool while looking very classy. The vest can be patterned or plain depending on the groom’s style, but he will look dapper in the photos.
Your wedding is the perfect time to exhibit your personality and to show off your style, so the groom shouldn’t feel that he needs to conform with a traditional suit. Grooms are showing more and more of themselves in their wedding attire, from paying homage to their heritage with a kilt to enjoying himself with eclectic styles. A particular summer favourite is the short suit, which is all business in the top and party in the bottom. It allows the groom to stay cool while looking even cooler.
Any woman can understand the need for a good pair of dress shoes, and some grooms are making it the defining element of their wedding outfit. It’s fun to have something that’s a little different that doesn’t overwhelm the outfit, so the groom can be individual without giving his great-grandmother a heart attack.
Ace the Accessories
The biggest wedding suit trend that has emerged in the last few years is a focus on the groom’s accessories. Accessories can make a groom’s suit stand out and can personalise an otherwise generic look. Some grooms choose to wear crazy socks or a flashy tie, and some choose to customise their look by forgoing a suit jacket and wearing only suspenders. Whichever accessory choice the groom makes, it’s sure that he’ll be adding his own take to the wedding suit.