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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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13. Determine which bowtie shape works best for you.

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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.

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