5 Biggest Myths Regarding Buying Wedding Suits. 2017 Wedding Suits I'm getting married in—deep breath—less than a month. Presently, I'm homing in on the most exciting ritual: the suit I'll be wearing to the ceremony. But as I've been trying to decide whether I want something bespoke, custom-made online, or off-the-rack, I've found myself running into obstacles. These are the myths of the Wedding-Industrial Complex—that sprawling mass of marketers and salesmen conspiring to drain the bank accounts of newlyweds around the world.
When buying a suit to get married in, the Wedding-Industrial Complex wants you to buy an expensive tuxedo or mortgage your house to afford the right suit. Fair enough. They are trying to make money, after all. But what they really mean is that buying a suit to get married in ought to be absurdly expensive and stressful. On this point, we disagree. To thwart the efforts of the industry, we've decided to run down the 5 Myths Regarding Buying Wedding Suits
1. Keep it Bland
It's an axiom of the industry that weddings are chiefly for the bride, and that thinking has long extended to clothing. Don't try to outshine the gown, the thinking goes, just stick to something plain and simple. And try not to look stupid. But hang on a minute: Your fiancée surely put a great deal of time and effort into saying yes to the dress, and an extravagant (and no doubt expensive) gown is inevitably going to be the centerpiece of the ceremony. So does that mean you have to wear something bland to cast her in relief? Not at all. A wedding is an occasion for you to look your best, and buying a sharp, even eye-catching suit is simply a matter of making sure you look and feel as good during your big day as your bride. Trust us: Go as stylish as you want. The compliments are all going to your wife's dress either way.
2. Make it a Tux 9 New Tux Styles for 2017
Unless you're ludicrously wealthy, you probably don't have many occasions to step out in formal wear. So it's understandable that many guys believe the only appropriate outfit for their wedding day is a tuxedo: When else will you get a chance to look like James Bond?
You certainly can wear the customary jet-black tux on your wedding—and, with the right fit and accessories, there's a good chance it'll work. The problem is the myth of the obligation. You don't need to wear a tuxedo. Any suit worn right will do. In fact, a suit has much more going for it over the formal alternative. Unlike your fiancée and her wedding dress, buying a nice suit for your wedding is an investment that will pay off. You can bust out the suit whenever the need arises, justifying the splurge. With a tux you're either stuck with a novelty item you'll be aching to wear at dinner parties (don't) or going the rental route—a waste of money if there ever was one.
3. Don't Make it Modern
Weddings, as a general rule, are slaves to tradition: fine enough in most respects, but a little out of touch when it comes to fashion. But just because you're undergoing the same ceremony doesn't mean that you need to be dressed indistinguishably from your parents' wedding thirty years ago. Times change. And there are a lot of tasteful ways to modernize your wedding suit without looking too casual or too peculiar. Think accessories: Even the plainest suit can be made more distinguished by the addition of a few small touches. Why not try a knit tie or a patterned pocket square?
4. Be Serious
A wedding is not a funeral, but that doesn't stop some couples from treating it like one, obsessing over everything with such rigor that the fun is squeezed out. Loosen your grip. A wedding is a celebration. So make it look celebratory: Don a suit that packs a punch, or a use an interesting tie to set off your look. The easiest way to invigorate your look? Socks. Try a pair of statement socks from Richer Poorer to really give your outfit a shot in the arm … er, foot.
5. Everything Should Match
We appreciate that many grooms don't have much say in whether (or to what extent) the ceremony will be "themed," but just because the flowers and the table dressings are green and gold doesn't mean your tie and pocket square should be, too. Precisely matching colors and patterns across accessories are a sure sign of amateur dressing—a try-hard look even for a groom. Think of colors that complement one another and, if necessary, the theme.
5 Biggest Myths Regarding Buying Wedding Suits