Well-Groomed Q&A: Black Suit Vs Tux? What's Best for New Year's?

Q: So, we're to be married at the Harvard Club in Boston this New Year's Eve...must our groomsmen (and my groom) don tuxedos? Our wedding is not black tie and I don't expect guests to be formal. Would sharp black suits be appropriate? We'll be doing winter white flowers with silver/green accents. Bridesmaids will be in knee-length gray/silver silk dupioni dresses. Reception will be whites and silver accent, lots of candles. I'm considering a deep purple/navy accent flower which we maybe incorporate into wedding party dress. Because its New Year's Eve I'm more open to a little sparkle than I'd be any other day of the year...but not a ton of sparkle :). Having some modern components is really important to us. The space is SO classic that we need to make sure it feels fresh and young. Thanks! --Melissa A.

A: Hi Melissa, I'm glad you wrote in because I think you're overlooking a third contender for your groom. A midnight blue suit fits the bill for your wedding much better than a black suit or tux. Let the guys come alive in this unexpected, yet classic hue and inject a shot of color by choosing a purple shirt. A color block pocket square allows each guy to create slightly different looks by folding it to showcase the various colors. Rather than stuffy champagne flutes, add a twist to the midnight toast by letting each guest pop their own mini bottles. By the way, it's no coincidence that the cufflinks look like exploding fireworks. Here's to 2012!

J.Crew Ludlow suit, Banana Republic dress shirt, Choosy Shopper bow tie, Aspinal of London pocket square, Cole Haan oxford, TOPS Malibu confetti fountain, Paul Smith belt, Starburst cufflinks, Party Pro horns, Pommery champagne


Jessica said...

This is so great! Quirky yet polished, perfect for New Years eve!

Darren said...

Glad you like it. I may take my own advice this New Years!

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