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by Sarah Zlotnick
Black Tie, Your Way
Take a cue from these handsome cowboys—break up a tux and pile on the signature add-ons (the boot! those hats!) to create a "formal" wedding day look that stays true to your personality.
One Shade Darker
Here's a sharp, simple way to help the groom stand out from his groomsmen: give him a topper one one shade darker than the clothes donned by his best men. A full jacket in a group of visible shirt sleeves also ensures that he's the star of the show.
Going the classic black suit route, but don't want to be entirely predictable? And some same-tone texture to the ensemble with some subtly patterned neckwear.
Brooks Brothers Style
Take a page from the iconic American clothier's book and veer slightly Ivy League. This crisp gray suit and a rugby striped bow tie is sharp wedding day look that we're absolutely smitten with.
Unique All Over
Between the checked pants and the paisley pocket square and tie, it's clear that this groom is no stranger to pattern. And we salute him for rocking more than one at the same time!
Forget standard silk knots and perfectly matching your wedding decor—cufflinks are a place where the groom can really let his personality shine through.
A Colored Suit
Tailoring has as much to do with determining the formality of a suit as color does. Take this dapper groom, for example—his brown three-piece flawlessly steps up to the level of his bride's rustic-glam look.
You don't have to dress up to look sharp on your wedding day, but you will want to look put together. This quirky plaid shirt/bright tie/gray slacks combo works because everything is freshly ironed.
Ties for the Guys, A Bow for the Groom
A simple yet effective way to differentiate between the groom and his groomsmen: while the wedding party rocks ties, he wears a bow tie in the same shade.
If you're over gingham, stripes, polka dots, plaid, and every other pattern, herringbone is a good accent to play with. It's also worth considering if you want to do something a little more adventurous than a solid color for your neckwear, but you're not willing to go all the way to a pattern.
Match his bow tie to your boutonniere. Coordinating little details like this makes all the difference when it comes to wedding photography!
This is a fun style secret for even the most formal of weddings. No matter how traditional the tuxes are, you can always throw a shot of color in with the sock selection. Try matching the hue to the bride's shoes!