// by Virginia Chamlee
While grooms have traditionally worn one of two things—a black suit or a black tux—these days, they’re adding more variety to their wedding-day wardrobe. Craig DeLongy, owner of John Craig Clothier, fills us in on the top trends in mens formalwear.
• Dark Blue Navy suits and tuxedos offer an interesting alternative to the traditional black—plus, they’re still muted enough to look classic. “The color of choice right now is definitely blue,” says DeLongy. “In fact, we’re selling more blues than we are blacks. Deep gray and charcoal are proving popular, also.”
• Evening Slippers Though they’re really nothing new evening slippers have made a major comeback. And while some are classic, others fall into the so-tacky-it’s-chic camp. “We continue to sell velvet slippers, either plain or with some type of insignia—usually, the more garish, the better.” Those who aren’t quite so eager to stray from the tried and true should opt instead for a patent leather loafer or simple black cap-toe, says DeLongy.
• Made-to-Measure Custom suits can be designed in colors that will highlight, or match, the shades of the bridesmaid’s dresses. Made-to-measure tuxedos are also an option. “My son recently ordered a made-to-measure tuxedo from one of our vendors in olive green. It’s pretty dramatic.”
• Statement Accessories While cummerbunds are no longer a requisite part of the groom’s wardrobe, accessories still matter. “We sell a lot of beautiful tuxedo shirts that have a French front—where the buttons are hidden,” notes DeLongy. “What’s nice about that is instead of getting the set where the shirt studs match cuff links, you can get some wild cuff links.” As for other accessories, DeLongy always encourages grooms to wear a pocket square with a tuxedo or suit. “If it’s a standard black tuxedo, a little black and white plaid or polka dot pocket square gives it just enough flair.”