Forget about a tux and tails; suits are becoming quite acceptable as the wardrobe for the man and his wedding entourage. While a more casual approach to dressing the groom and his groomsmen, the suit still imparts a respectable level of formality for the 21st century gentleman. Today, many guys don’t even wear a suit and tie to work or church, society has just become much more tolerant of dressing down. For this reason, a nice dark suit is considered ‘dressing up’ in many circles. Plus, if groom is more comfortable in a suit, he’ll be more at ease during the ceremony and reception and that will make everyone happier. Plus, upon hearing that they don’t have to wear a stuffy tux, your buddies will say this is one of the best gifts for groomsmen ever!
When shopping for suits to wear to a wedding, you’ll want to keep a number of things in mind. First, a proper fitting coat will not be baggy; it should be cut closer to the body and, in fact, feel slightly constricting. It’s not a sweat suit with a full range of motion; so if you do need to bust out a few moves on the dance floor, just take off your jacket before you do. Another thing to remember about your jacket is to have the sleeves altered, if needed, so that exactly ½-inch of your shirt cuff shows when your arms are hanging down. Pair your suit jacket with a fitted shirt; otherwise, the sides will be billowing out like a balloon when you move about. A nicely tailored shirt is universally flattering on all body types so don’t assume you need a fuller cut shirt if you are heavier. Instead, you just need a tailored shirt in a larger size.
Accessories are also important to the look of your wedding suit and make nice groomsmen gifts, as well. The easiest way to bring in a pop of color to your look is with a necktie, bowtie, cravat or pocket square. Coordinate with the bridesmaids wearing accessories that match, or at least coordinate, with the gowns. Another way to make a modest suit look like a million bucks is with a dashing pair of engraved cufflinks. Personalized cufflinks come in a wide array of styles, from traditional to trendy, to suit the personality of the groom and his wedding attendants. By engraving the recipient’s monogram or initial on the face of the cufflinks, you’ll have created a thoughtful groomsmen gift that will be worn for years to come.