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Style Counsel: Tuxes and Suits

DO

Choose the wedding party suits based on the season, location, and formality of your wedding.

Wear lighter fabrics like linen and cotton in spring and summer, and heavier fabrics like wool, tweed, and cashmere for fall and winter.

Try a well-tailored dark suit (black, navy, dark gray) if the wedding is less formal.

Any variety of gray; it was all over the runways for fall and is a fail-safe, yet interesting choice.

Wear a folded pocket square as a fun substitution to a boutonniere. Color coordinate with the bridesmaid dresses.

Opt for a non-traditional option and don a smoking jacket with ascot (appropriate for an outdoor fall wedding).

Wear the more traditional shawl (rounded) or peak (pointed) collared button-downs.

Wear a blue or tan seersucker suit as a sporty, casual alternative for an outdoor summer wedding.

Incorporate your heritage into your suiting, be it a sherwani or kilt. Your guests will appreciate the change of pace.

DON’T

Wear a tux for a daytime ceremony unless it begins in the late afternoon and continues into the evening.

Wear identical suiting, ties, and accessories as the groomsmen. The groom should stand out.

Rent your tuxedo or shoes.

Wait till the last minute to have your suit altered. Fit is key. Be sure that your pants are the right length and you can button your jacket comfortably.

Wear a cummerbund if you have a belly. It will only draw attention to it. Put on a slimming vest instead.

Wear wildly patterned button-downs or ties. You want your wedding photos to stand the test of time.

Wear funky collars (nehru or mandarin) or ties (bolo or skinny) as they look rather cartoonish and creepy.

Wear your everyday watch with your suit; upgrade to a silver or gold dress watch.

Wear oversized cuff links. They should be delicate, tasteful, and not clash with your tux or suit.

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