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16 Style Charts Every Groom Should See Before The Wedding

Here comes the *groom*.

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While shopping for your wedding ~look~, let the pockets instantly tell you how formal a suit is.

A patch pocket is more casual than an angled pocket, and a ticket pocket is definitely more casual than a jetted one.
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A patch pocket is more casual than an angled pocket, and a ticket pocket is definitely more casual than a jetted one.

Pick a suit material based on the weather you'll most likely have on your wedding day.

Having a summer wedding? Stay as far away from wool as humanly possible. Having an evening reception outside? Figure out the projected evening temperature at your reception location to find the ideal fabric.
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Having a summer wedding? Stay as far away from wool as humanly possible. Having an evening reception outside? Figure out the projected evening temperature at your reception location to find the ideal fabric.

1. Figure out your perfect lapel type.

Notched lapels are the most common, but peaked (lapels with “peaks” that point upward) and shawl (a continuous lapel) have cool modern vibes that might be more your style.
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Notched lapels are the most common, but peaked (lapels with “peaks” that point upward) and shawl (a continuous lapel) have cool modern vibes that might be more your style.

2. And use your lapel to help you choose a tie.

Matching the lapel to the tie gives a sense of cohesion to the entire look of the suit.
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Matching the lapel to the tie gives a sense of cohesion to the entire look of the suit.

3. If you're having a black tie reception, know the dress code rules.

Get your cufflinks and black patent leather oxfords ready. Of course, you can always mix it up with a flat front dress shirt instead of the classic tux pleat shirt.
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Get your cufflinks and black patent leather oxfords ready. Of course, you can always mix it up with a flat front dress shirt instead of the classic tux pleat shirt.

4. If you have a formal reception that's not *quite* black tie, you can leave the cufflinks and cummerbund at home.

Choose a necktie (instead of a bowtie) for a slightly more casual feel that's still dressy. Or opt for a charcoal gray suit that feels a little more chill than the classic black look.
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Choose a necktie (instead of a bowtie) for a slightly more casual feel that's still dressy. Or opt for a charcoal gray suit that feels a little more chill than the classic black look.

5. For a casual reception, have fun with your suit color and pick lapels that work best for you.

Let your own style shine through with some personal details like a bold bowtie or a more chill shawl lapel.
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Let your own style shine through with some personal details like a bold bowtie or a more chill shawl lapel.

6. If you're looking into buying a more casual suit, know your patterns.

The Glenurquhart check is subtle and has a relaxed yet polished vibe.
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The Glenurquhart check is subtle and has a relaxed yet polished vibe.

7. If you have a daytime or a beach wedding, branch out into lighter colors and fabrics.

A tux can feel a little ~extra~ in a relaxing beach setting. Try a linen suit in a cream color for an easy style that'll look great in photos.
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A tux can feel a little ~extra~ in a relaxing beach setting. Try a linen suit in a cream color for an easy style that'll look great in photos.

8. Definitely know how to wear a boutonniere.

The flower stem should be inside the lapel button-hole.
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The flower stem should be inside the lapel button-hole.

9. Want to wear a vest? Make sure it fits like a glove.

If your vest extends an inch or so past the top button of your pants, it's too long. If your shirt is poking out of the bottom of the vest, it's too short.
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If your vest extends an inch or so past the top button of your pants, it's too long. If your shirt is poking out of the bottom of the vest, it's too short.

10. Up your knot-tying skills for the big day.

Is TODAY the day you're going to attempt the Eldredge knot??
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Is TODAY the day you're going to attempt the Eldredge knot??

11. If you're wearing suspenders to the wedding, pick the right width for the event.

Wide suspenders might read more ~construction worker~ than *groom*.
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Wide suspenders might read more ~construction worker~ than *groom*.

12. Be proficient AF at tying a bowtie.

Definitely make sure you know how to tie a bowtie before the big day as it does take some getting used to.
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Definitely make sure you know how to tie a bowtie before the big day as it does take some getting used to.

13. Determine which bowtie shape works best for you.

The butterfly bowtie (also known as thistle) is the most common bowtie shape. The diamond point has an asymmetrical look that has a little more personality than the standard bowtie silhouette.
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The butterfly bowtie (also known as thistle) is the most common bowtie shape. The diamond point has an asymmetrical look that has a little more personality than the standard bowtie silhouette.

14. And make sure that your bowtie is the right width.

If it's too wide, it can look a little clownish.
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If it's too wide, it can look a little clownish.

15. Master the ~art~ of putting on cufflinks.

Ye shall never be flustered by cufflinks again.
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Ye shall never be flustered by cufflinks again.

16. Make sure your belt matches your shoes and that it's not too thick.

Thicker belts look more casual, so opt for a belt that's roughly 1/8" wide to cover all your bases.
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Thicker belts look more casual, so opt for a belt that's roughly 1/8" wide to cover all your bases.

Now go forth and MARRY.

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