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Although the groom doesn’t quite share the limelight to the same degree as his blushing bride on their big day, it’s still important that he looks and feels his best. 2012 offers several trends for the groom who wants to look stylish and sophisticated at his wedding.
The classic “James Bond” style tuxedo is making a comeback for 2012 and can be easily dressed up or down, depending on the theme of the wedding. Wear your tux with a black bow-tie and crisp white shirt for a wedding that’s more formal or to take it down a notch, a regular or bootlace tie in a monochromatic colour, for a more casual style.
This look, which was popular in 2011 is still going strong in 2012 and is ideal for a summer garden wedding. Here the groom embraces “geek chic” styling, mixed with some adventurous colour combinations. With this style anything goes! Getting rid of the stuffy suit and wearing a smart blazer and contrasting coloured pants, knitted or textured bow-tie and a pair of classic brown brogues will have the bridegroom looking distinguished.
This trend suitably fits in with the ever-present vintage wedding theme seen in 2012. Go for an English-style tweed suit (reinforced elbow patches will add vintage authenticity) Wear your tweed with a floral or striped shirt, waistcoat and contrasting coloured tie or braces. For a touch of “ultra-cool”, wear tortoiseshell or black Wayfarers.
Classic and quirky
This look is highly accessible and adaptable, and can be either extremely formal or casually chic. As a base you’ll need your classic two- or three-piece suit. Then, depending on want look you want to achieve, mix it up and add some quirky accessories and colour combinations. For a more formal look go all out in a three-piece suit, but opt for a tie, shirt or even a waistcoat in an eye-catching colour or pattern. Dress this look down by losing the jacket and try wearing the waistcoat on its own. You could replace the tie with a colour-popping cravat for a look that’s totally individual.
Hailing from the 1980s, the double breasted suit is making an imminent return and ideal for those who want to stay ahead of the fashion pack. Now before you gasp in horror, take a look at Jamie Hince, dressed in a dashing Yves Saint Laurent suit at his wedding to Kate Moss and you'll soon discover just how stylish the double-breasted suit can be.