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Well-Groomed Groom: Rules Of Style

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Today’s groom, William, is dropping knowledge about how he set some basic style guidelines for his guys that allowed each one to tailor their own look without them creating a mismatched mess. Photog Erich McVey submitted these pics which detail the guys’ looks, while William lays out the dress code for the groomsmen. The result? A mix of dapper dudes with and without socks, with stripes and with dots. A groomsman in conservative grey mixes in a pale pink tie, while a groomsman in a pink suit works in suspenders and saddle shoes.

From the groom: Well, I wanted classic, and I wanted simple–both for myself and my groomsmen. I trust my dudes absolutely, so I asked them to go two-button with a slim silhouette with not a a lot of break in the hem. And to show me before making any purchases. This allowed each of them to show some personality while giving them the confidence to wear something that fit them and to not have to worry themselves about budget. And it was perfect. 


more from William: I purchased ties and pocket squares to bring it all together. Their suits came from brands and designers as different as Indochino, Banana Republic, Topman and Paul Smith. I myself had a tough time finding something I really liked. And then I found Brooklyn Tailors. And I was happy. Daniel’s great. Just about all of my suits will come from there in the future. My tie was also Brooklyn Tailors. My shirt was J. Crew Ludlow, the shoes were from Johnston Murphy (they’re about five-years-old now) and the pocket square was from Tie Bar.

Thank you for sharing your photos with us, Erich, and big thanks for William for breaking down his method for getting a cohesive, but individual look for his group that didn’t break the bank.

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images: Erich McVey
groom: Brooklyn Tailors suit and tie, J. Crew Ludlow shirt, Tie Bar pocket square, Johnston Murphy shoes
groomsman in pink: suit from Topman

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0 Thoughts to Well-Groomed Groom: Rules Of Style

  1. Pamela Reply December 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

    This is awesome – I can't recall ever seeing an article focusing on the groom and groomsmen. Great photos, and great style! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Darren Younge Reply December 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Glad you liked it, Pamela! That's all we chat about here, so feel free to swing by and get your groom fix any time.

  3. Anonymous Reply December 21, 2012 at 2:26 am

    You know, this was good timing for me as I think about what I want my dudes (best man + 1) to wear. While I appreciate allowing the guys to have a bit of their own style/taste, this spread (to me) exemplifies what brides have always known: don't let the supporting cast out-shine the lead.

    The guy in pink looks awesome. And how is your eye not drawn there first? Sharp head-to-toe. And for my preference, I would say the other guys look sharp too. So sharp that out of the 4 guys standing there, the groom looks the least sharp of them.

    I bet the bridesmaids didn't outshine the bride… but then again, the groomsmans date with the fur thing around her neck is wearing a color that is pretty darn close to white (maybe it's cream?) Which I've always heard from my better half is a BIG no-no at a wedding.

    At the end of the day, I appreciate that whatever "rules" may exist in the wedding world, when it comes to your own wedding, you can totally break them all.

  4. Darren Younge Reply December 21, 2012 at 2:40 am

    You raised some interesting points, Anon. Lots for a groom to consider when they let the guys free to style themselves as they please. We've seen a few mix and match grooms and groomsmen on the blog before, but I agree the guy in pink does standout from the rest.I assume the groom knew this particular friend has flair in his everyday dressing, and was ok letting him shine.


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