Well-Groomed Engagement: Pumpkin Head

Gotta hand it to this bearded, mustached guy for keeping it seasonal. A few pumpkins make great props in this forest-y engagement session. He mixes brown boots, grey pants, and a grey and blue tie like a pro. Want to grasp the skill? Check out W-G's tips for mixing black, brown, grey, and blue.
images by Emily Steffen

Well-Groomed Engagement: NYC or Bust

This travel-themed e-session sets the stage a couples' destination wedding. The groom-to-be rocks gray jeans, casual loafers, and a large-lapel'd sweater.

images by Laura Ivanova

Versus: Robert Downey, Jr., Guy Ritchie, & Jude Law

Try to ignore Jude Law's hat, and instead focus on the suits of the guys of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. RDJ sports a lot of shimmer in his black suit, shirt, and silver tie. A little stubble and geeky glasses finish it off. Director Guy Ritchie's gridded grey suit and patterned tie add some texture, while Law's navy suit and vest add some subtle color to the trio.

Who wore it best?

image via imdb

Well-Groomed Sponsor: FLANELS

Grooms are always on the hunt for an alternative to the monogrammed flask for their groomsmen, and the newest Well-Groomed sponsor has the answer. FLANELS artist and founder Sean Flanagan creates custom t-shirt illustrations using pics of you and the boys. Simply send the pics, pick a t-shirt color from the FLANELS Etsy shop, and wait for Sean to work his magic. If you've been friends since forever, the tees would be great with some pics of the whole gang back in Little League.
If you're the groomsman and need a gift for the bride and groom, check out FLANELS' shop for a custom watercolor portraiture. Send a pic of the couple's new home, the church where they're getting married, or the location where the groom proposed and FLANELS will recreate the place.
Take a minute or two to check out FLANELS and see more examples of Sean's custom work.

Do you want to share your products with Well-Groomed's readers? Email me at hey[at]wellgroomedblog.com to request a media kit with ad rates and packages. Include a link to your company/product in your email.

Well-Groomed Engagement: Bear Necessities

We've seen them a few times now, like here and here, but I still dig shoots with masks. I think. I wouldn't opt for the animal head look at my wedding or for my e-session, but I commend these guys for doing their own thing, not the expected thing. Since the bear heads steal the show, the groom-to-be opts for just the basics, a wool coat, slacks, and white button-down shirt.
Do you have a Style Snapshot, wedding, or engagement shoot to share? Check out the Submissions page for details. In need of some style tips? Ask me on Twitter, Facebook, or email hey [at] wellgroomedblog.com.

images by Ann-Kathrin Koch via Whimsical Wonderful Weddings

Well-Groomed Gift Guide: The Groomsmen

Whether you're getting married between now and New Years, or just want to get the jump on some groomsmen gifts, pick the same gift (in different styles/colors) for the group to make it easy.
Have trouble mixing and matching colors and patterns, buy a set of pre-coordinated ties and let each guy pick the one they'll wear down the aisle. You can't go wrong with customized goods, and a t-shirt with your mugs emblazoned on the front or monogrammed cuff links fit the bill. Or, relieve some stress while you wait for the bride to get ready by playing a game of pocket-sized bocce ball down the venue hallway.

Tux & Tulle ties, Eternally Linked cuff links, FLANELS grooms party t-shirts, bmused ace of spades belt buckle, Swiss Army Spartan knife, Restoration Hardware pocket bocce ball set, Swatch New Gent watches

Well-Groomed Gift Guide: Fiancées, Girlfriends, & Lovers

Trust me, whether you're popping the question, already engaged, or getting married during the holiday you better get your girl something in addition to "the ring." My wife has rounded up affordable gifts to compliment your recent big splurge. 

from Shauna: Whether she's a deep thinker who jots notes in a diary, a glitzy girl who loves a little flash, or the quintessential hostess, I've got a great gift for your girl this holiday. With gifts starting at $10, you can afford to really "wow" her without filing for bankruptcy.
Vosges Toffee Trifecta, Kate Spade ribbon ring, iomoi small zig zag tote, Anthropologie Prospero diary, Ban.do heart pin/barrette, Not A Jewelry Box earring book, Banana Republic belt, Hammocks & High Tea chevron drawer liner, Coach snowman key ring, Leif serving spoons

Well-Groomed Q&A: Where Can I Find Vegan Menswear?

Q: I take it as a sign of quality when something is made of real leather or wool, but my boyfriend's vegan principles prohibit him from wearing either material. He's in the market right now for a nice blazer or winter coat, and I'm hoping for some tips from you about where to find well-made, sharp-looking options that are wool/fur/leather free. Great shoes are another problem. Any ideas? --Emma

A: Emma, you're in luck. I've come across some great cruelty-free menswear options for your ethical guy. Express has an entire line of vegan outwear, while H&M's blazers are on my radar for style and animal-friendliness. I've also taken on the task of finding a casual boot and a dress shoe to go with each.
If you're a label hound, shop J. Crew, Ralph Lauren, and Gucci for corduroy and cotton options. Moo Shoes, Vegetarian Shoes carry vegan shoes, while Zappos has a vegetarian shoe division.

Fellow W-G readers, feel free to chime in with any vegan brands you love.
Express (Minus The) Shearling peacoat, H&M blazer, Novacas Brian boot, Alternative Outfitters Dylan loafers

Style Snapshot: Man's Best Friend

images by Emily Steffen

Well-Groomed Gift Guide: Brothers, Fathers, & Friends

There are probably lots of guys on your holiday gift list, and this W-G gift guide has something for everyone. Even if the guy's a random co-worker and all you know about him is that he lives in a cold climate, likes hot coffee, or has an iPhone, you'll know exactly what to get and where to find it.

Hex Code iPhone wallet, Warby Parker Everett sunglasses,  Woolrich rabbit-trimmed hat, Hot Rod heated travel mug, Old Navy travel sweater, Urban Outfitters Chevron scarf, Adidas Campus 80 sneakers, Ralph Lauren slippers, Goody Grams' animal shot glasses, Fossil Walter watch

Still looking for gifts for the ladies in your life? Stay tuned, I'll be back with more W-G gift guides this week.

Well-Groomed Q&A: Should we listen to our family, or do what we want?

Q: I love this look and my groom wants to sport something very similar, our family thinks its too casual that he does not want wear a jacket of some sort, is that true or should we just ignore everyone and do what we want?  --April

A: April, the short answer is, do what you want. The reason? This is your wedding. Even if your parents are paying, this wedding is supposed to be an expression of who you are as a couple. It should be their gift to you, not their way of controlling you. Your parents have already had their opportunity to plan a wedding, theirs. If they're divorced and remarried, they've had the chance to do it twice.

Next time, make sure you respond in a firm and final way. Otherwise, you send the message that you're still open to being convinced.
Instead of saying:
We think the guys are wearing vests OR We're leaning toward the vest look...
Yeah, the guys are wearing vests.
Trust me, this will come in handy throughout the marriage, including when it's time to pick baby names. Everyone has an opinion on how they would do X,Y,Z. When it's their turn, they can do just that. But, right now is your turn.

image 1: Jessica Zais image 2: James Moes


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