Versus: Ryan Gosling & George Clooney

Ryan Gosling is back in the ring, but this time he faces off with The Ides of March co-star George Clooney. Gosling's suit might look simple at first glance, but its olive green. Clooney goes slick with an monochromatic look, no tie, and open collar.

Which is better? Unconventional color with classic styling, or classic color with unconventional styling?

Well-Groomed Q&A: Where Can I Get Affordable Suits?

Q: Since my fiance and I have decided to have our groomsmen wear suits (vs. the traditional tux) at our wedding, do you have any advice on suit rental or where to purchase?  I'm having trouble finding a rental location, and with a pretty good sized wedding party buying suits for everyone is probably irrational.  Any ideas? Thanks! --Nick

A: Hey, Nick. It sounds like you're planning to take on the cost of the purchase or rental for your groomsmen. Very cool. Since you're on a budget, the best option is to shop your own closets. Most of the guys already own blazers, pants, suits, and ties. Ask them to try on any navy or brown blazers, slacks, and suits they already own. A tailor can make inexpensive tweaks to make sure each guy has a custom look rather than a store bought one. Stick to the color palette, and you can have the guys mix and match separates to create the best looks. You could also wait for the winter sales (in January and February) and snap up a bunch of sweater or suit vests. Check out H&M, Gap, J. Crew, etc.

Here are a few examples of real guys mixing and matching jackets, pants, and vests to create their wedding look. These guys all wore different vests (and animal masks), these guys mix different boutonnieres, shirts, and jackets, and this guy proves jackets and pants don't have to match.
image by Jonas Peterson, image by Braedon Photography, image via

Well-Groomed Engagement: American Gothic

Talk about putting a twist on a classic. This guy channels American Gothic for his e-session in farm territory. A drivers cap, Friendly Mutton Chop, and heavy-duty boots add a new spin to the old standard. Not an art buff? Maybe the animal masks are more your style.
images via Matthew Morgan

Well-Groomed Groom: Velvet & Grids

These grooms show a shared sense of style with grid-lined pants, black patent shoes, and complimentary bow ties. Check out their different black velvet jackets. The guys try out two outfit changes for a total of four distinct looks.

images by Mastin Studio

Versus: Brad Pitt, Chris Pratt, Bennett Miller

The stars of Moneyball all showed up for an promo event wearing all-black. Or at least, I think Pitt's suit is black, but I guess it could be a dark navy. Either way, the guys are a great example of three different ways to make a classic unique.

Pitt goes for a tieless 3-piece suit, with undone jacket, five o'clock shadow, and shoulder length hair. Chris Pratt does a 180 with a more traditional suit, mid-width tie, and full beard. Bennett Miller opts for a very subtly striped suit with a really skinny tie and clean shaven look. So, we've got three different suits and three different facial hair statuses. What do you think? Who won this war of the wardrobes?

Who wore all-black best?

Well-Groomed Groom: Grant's Golden Guy

Remember Ryan? He won the Grant's Golden Pomade Giveaway, and was geeked to use the stuff to tame his self-proclaimed Jimmy Neutron 'do. Well, it's been a few months, and Ryan's a married guy who came back to W-G to show us his new and improved hair. Suspenders, a striped tie, and a DIY boutonniere completed Ryan's look and a '57 Chevy Bel-Air helped the couple ride out in style.

Ryan was pretty successful in achieving his Ryan Gosling-inspired do, don't you think?

groom's suit: J. Crew Ludlow, ties: Penguin, socks: J. Crew, shoes: Kenneth Cole, boutonnieres: DIY'd by the bride

images by Joelle Pulido Photography

Well-Groomed Groom: Wild, Wild West

This groom's outlaw look is drastically different from his groomsmen's style, which makes him stand out from the rest. Remember those ties from the STNTN Giveaway? The 1952 version from that collection is very similar to this guy's neckwear if you want to recreate the look. It's pretty subtle, but there is also a 4th of July color scheme going on at this Independence Day ceremony. They don't beat you over the head with the red, white, and blue.
Want some more inspiration for a 4th of July ceremony? Check out this classic W-G post.

images by James Moes

Well-Groomed Groom: Modern Mix

White shoes and black and white striped socks look pitch perfect for this groom's Santa Barbara wedding. Green seersucker bow ties bind the guy's looks together, while the groom opts for a grey suit and the guys wear pinstripes. It's sorta vintage, sorta modern.

images by Tyler Branch

Well-Groomed Engagement: Old School, New School

This guy manages to strike two stylish looks that have an old school feel and a new school vibe in this e-session with his girl. Against a black and white background, his red, plaid shirt and polka dot pocket square pop. Switching it up for a second look, suspenders and a chambray shirt hit the scene.

Well-Groomed Groom: Red Used Right

This groom and his guys use red in the best way possible, sparingly. A flash of a tie, a watch peeking out from a cuff, it's the right amount to accent a tan suit. A mix of neck ties and bow ties keeps the group unified but varied, while the groom stands from the crowd by adding a jacket to his look. His red berry boutonniere adds another uncomplicated shot of red. And in a W-G first, we've got a groomswoman in the mix. Groomsgal? Groomsmaid?

images by Justin Battenfield


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