Formal groom attire

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On your wedding day, it’s important to look your best, but it’s also essential that you feel like “you.” The good news is that it’s easier than ever to customize your look, but if you have groomsmen in your wedding party, you’ll also need to decide what they will wear and how their outfits will complement yours. As the groom, there’s no hard and fast rule that says you have to perfectly match the guys—in fact, more and more grooms are choosing to differentiate themselves from their groomsmen by adding statement colors, patterns and accessories to their wedding attire. This is a trend that we’re totally on board with, since it’s a great way to let your personality shine through and make the day entirely your own.

Wondering where to start? Here are just a few of our favorite ways you can personalize your wedding day style to stand out as the groom.


Switch up your tie

If your groomsmen are sporting long neck ties, consider wearing a bow tie instead. This is a subtle option for grooms who don’t want to completely stand out from the rest of the group but still want something a little different. You might think that bow ties are only for formalwear, but they can actually fit any dress code as long as you choose the appropriate fabric and color. For fancier settings, stick with silk or polyester designs in solid colors—black and white are the most traditional. Feeling trendy? Velvet bow ties are a modern twist on formal style. If your overall attire is more laid-back, you can experiment with cotton or wool bow ties in bright colors and patterns.

Use contrasting colors

Keep the groomsmen’s accessories to one specific color or color family, and then choose a contrasting hue for your own accessories. Let’s say your groomsmen are sporting dark purple vests, pocket squares and ties. As the groom, you could wear black, light gray or even champagne gold accessories. Just be sure to choose color combinations that work with the rest of the wedding aesthetic.

Make a statement with accessories

There are a handful of ways to incorporate statement accessories to easily differentiate your look from the groomsmen. If your best guys are wearing tuxedo jackets and traditional neckties, switch up your ensemble by adding suspenders or a cummerbund. Another option is to wear a pocket square that complements your tie—this can be in a different color or pattern compared to what your groomsmen are wearing, or you might choose to be the only one with a pocket square to instantly stand out as the groom. If you are wearing a three-piece suit, consider having your groomsmen wear similar suits but without vests.

Mix-and-match your ensembles

Whether your groomsmen are each wearing something unique or are all dressed the same, wearing a suit or tuxedo in a different color from the rest of the group will instantly spotlight you as the groom. If the groomsmen are wearing light gray suits, wear a dark gray ensemble instead. Or if you’re wearing tuxedos, try an on-trend navy blue style for yourself and dress your groomsmen in classic black. If you don’t like the idea of mixing colors, you can create the same effect by combining different fabrics, such as cotton suits for the groomsmen and a tweed or wool suit for yourself.

Play with patterns

We love patterned accessories because they instantly add a dose of character to your look. From stripes to argyles, to checks, paisleys, and floral prints, there are so many options when it comes to finding a pattern that you love. A tie is the easiest way to add a pop of pattern (you can find one in just about any print imaginable), but you can also incorporate prints into your look through socks, suspenders, a pocket square, or even your shirt or sport coat. For the groomsmen accessories, stick with solid colors or subtle prints to make the details of your look more noticeable.