By Balin Beinssen of Gentlemen United in Style
All you have to do is take a look at your parents’ wedding album to realize that marriage attire has trends, just like everything else fashion-related. Complicating matters is the fact the season, along with current fashion, helps determine what’s stylish and what’s not. In fact, one could even make a case that the time of the year to get married has become a trend itself. Traditionally, spring months were the time when most decided to tie the knot. However, autumn has become a recent favourite due to the colourful backdrop created by the changing foliage. In this review, we will concentrate on what men should expect to wear for these colourful fall ceremonies.
Perfect autumn colours
It goes without saying: traditional black is “in” for most formal ceremonies, almost any time of the year. A fall wedding is no exception. However, as weddings are slowly becoming less customary, other colours are making their way onto the scene. Depending on the décor for the wedding, it’s not uncommon to see men with jackets and pants in various tones of brown. These create a nice, earthy backdrop for shirts and handkerchiefs of fall colours such as orange, yellow, and hunter green. Of course, the tie is also a great place to adorn the groom with some fall tones. Burgundy is a particularly popular choice for men’s ties, as it fits the scene while still being masculine.
Designs for grooms
In terms of fit and style, you’ll want to take your physique into consideration. For instance, men who are stocky should avoid long jackets. Similarly, if you are barrel-chested, a double breasted jacket may be an option (they are officially back this year). You may also want to consider darker colours, as they will make you look slimmer. Additionally, keep in mind that vertical stripes will make you look taller. For those who are tall and thin, good news: you can choose most any style. However, if you want to fill out your physique, working a checkered pattern into the outfit will help considerably. In terms of fabric, wool is a good choice as the fall temperature dial begins to creep down. One final word here — regardless of body shape, a colour-coordinated cotton shirt to go underneath the suit is a good selection any time of year.
Don’t forget the groomsmen
You’ll want to follow similar rules for your groomsmen. However, you’ll definitely want the groom to stand out. A good way to do this is to pick a different but coordinating suit colour for him. You can also use the suit’s design to further differentiate. One technique is for the groom to wear a vest, making him the most formal of the wedding party to compliment the bride. This is a subtle but effective way to make sure there’s no question about who the man of the hour is.
Whether you play the role of groom or groomsman in a wedding this fall, make sure to consider the trends for the season before choosing your attire. Remember to take a cue from this beautiful time of year: be crisp and earthy, with a touch of colour.