Groom and Groomsmen Trends

Oh do we have a treat for you!! We know how fun it is to look for wedding dresses and ‘say yes to the dress’, but when it comes to groomsmen attire, it can be just as fun. Today, we’re talking groom and groomsmen trends for the upcoming wedding season. Here to give us the expert opinion is the always lovely Carla, from Charles & Hunt, a men’s styling and personal shopping service in Hamilton. Check out what she has to say about the wedding day apparel for the handsome men!

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This isn’t your father’s wedding suit…

Groom & Groomsmen Trends for 2017

I am the bearer of good news: the days of the stuffy, ill-fitting, wide-legged rental suit are over.

Gentlemen, you have choices! Now, more than ever before, you have a wider selection to choose from when it comes to colour, fabric, fit, and texture that you can pull off on the Big Day.

The bride and her ladies are going to have to share the spotlight because what’s trending in gentlemen’s wedding attire for 2017 will have the groom and his guys getting noticed.


The conventional black tux is taking a back seat. Of course, a tux may be appropriate for a more formal wedding and is always a timeless classic. But if you’re interested in something less predictable or a look that reflects your personality, why not rock some colour?

Blue is the new black. A royal blue for a spring/summer wedding or navy for fall/winter are great alternatives to the more traditional option.

Burgundy has become a popular accent colour in décor, florals, and bridesmaid dresses. This year, we’re seeing it in suiting as well. Bonus: this colour works well with virtually all skin tones so it’s an excellent choice for any groomsman.

Another unconventional colour for the dapper dudes is green. Whether it’s forest or emerald, green makes for a unique yet elegant suit choice, especially for fall.

If you want a traditional cut in a current colour, try a shawl-collar tuxedo in blue, burgundy, or green.

Pattern, Texture (or both) – done right.

Mixing prints, patterns, and textures can be a risky move but if you follow a few simple rules, you’ll be sure to stand out.

Make sure the fabrics and textures carry a similar weight – literally and visually. For example, mix a herringbone blazer with a tweed vest and velour bowtie in the colder months but avoid mixing these with any light or sheen fabrics like worsted wool, satin, or linen that you would typically wear in warmer weather.

You can mix patterns, like a window check and stripe, as long as they are in a similar colour family (like varying shades of blue or grey) or if the patterns are the same but different sizes (check on check).

Mismatching Suits

Another way to mix it up: have the gents in different suits.

We know suits can get quite pricey. By giving your guys the freedom to choose their own suit, they can spend as much as they’re comfortable with or wear something that they already have. This way they aren’t breaking the bank and they’re more likely to wear the suit again.

Important: make sure to keep consistency in colour, shirts and/or accessories in order to create somewhat of a unified look among the groomsmen.


Statement socks

Whether your guys are in matching or varying suits, a fun way to tie the looks of the groom and groomsmen together are by sporting some funky socks. Alternately, each guy can wear a different pair to reflect his personality. There are a lot of both subtle and statement options by Yo Sox and Hot Sox. Whether they like bacon, beer, or billiards, there’s a sock for any guy. Plus, this can be a fun and thoughtful gift to give your groomsmen.


Don’t forget… It’s all about the fit.

This is something that holds true with any and all menswear. The fit is one of, if not the most important thing when purchasing a suit. So on a day as important as your wedding, why opt for a poor fitting rental? A lot of grooms assume that renting is the cheapest option but you can buy a new suit for virtually the same price and I can guarantee it will be much more flattering.

So gentlemen, it’s your turn to step out and stand out on the Big Day.

Carla Criminisi is the founder and head stylist of Charles & Hunt, a men’s styling and personal shopping service in Hamilton. They cover any and all wardrobe needs, from casual to formal, wedding parties, and made-to-measure suiting. The C&H showroom is located in the Lister Block building, 28 James St N, Suite 114.


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