Guys of the 2013 Oscars

A few brave souls broke with black tux tradition this year, so let's start a red carpet recap with them.

Jamie Foxx and Daniel Day-Lewis work colored tuxes with contrasting black lapels. Both wore black bow ties, but Jamie also wore a black shirt.

Robert Downey Jr. opted for a black shirt and Samuel L. Jackson went for a ruby velvet jacket and brown tux pants. Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans had satin lapels, one with a bow tie and the other a necktie.

Satin lapels on both guys here, but that's where the similarities end. Robert went unconventional with a black shirt and long tie. He also added flair with a graphic pocket square. Jeremy was much more traditional.
Paco Delgado and also chose black shirts under their tuxes.
A few guys broke with bow tie/tux convention and opted for neckties. Here, Richard Gere, Chris Evans, Jean Dujardin, and Chris Pine go long.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeremy Renner both went for tiny bow ties and were among the handful of guys who added anything to their lapel. Joseph added a pink flower pin and Jeremy added a white pocket square. Notice Joseph's black buttons on his shirt? 

Bradley Cooper and Dwight Henry both went for a 3-piece look. Bradley's is more fitted, while Dwight's is roomier. Bradley also had black buttons to add an extra accent to his look.

Which guy had your favorite 2013 Oscars red carpet style?

images by Josh Haner for NYT, except Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. via Star Lounge 

Well-Groomed Details: Throne Watches

If your wedding look isn't sleek and polished, your watch shouldn't be either. Enter Throne Watches, an NYC-based brand that's creating one-of-a-kind timekeepers. Throne mixes no-label, vintage, and found watch faces with new Horween leather straps and stitched accents to create a great old school/new school mashup.

These watches deserve an equally relaxed, not-too-serious wardrobe. Try them out with these looks from J. Crew's Spring 2013 lookbook for your engagement session or backyard wedding. Not sure you can pull of shorts for either occasion? Check out how these real grooms worked them.

watch images via Throne Watches, style images via J. Crew

Well-Groomed Engagement: Out With the Old

On the hunt for a new suit? This groom's been there, done that. Get some insight into his search, and see how he mixed grey, blue, and brown like a pro for his engagement shoot with Omar Carter Photography.
from Andy: I haven't purchased a suit in many years, given the informality of my profession, but I needed something for our engagement shoot. The couple of suits I owned didn't fit properly. Either I was sized incorrectly or the suits were poorly tailored, they just weren't appropriate for the moment.
more from Andy: A couple friends recommended I go with a custom suit, but it wouldn't have been ready in time. I did a little shopping around some suit shops in NYC, but the suits they recommended fit and looked like my old ones. My last top was J.Crew, my go to place for my regular attire. 
I tried on a few sizes and was pleased to finda a suit that fit me as well as it did. I only had the sleeves taken up 1/4 of an inch, nothing else. The blue checkered shirt was also a J.Crew purchase, and I chose it to brighten up the suit. The red socks were for Jamie and symbolic of her Chinese heritage. I didn't want to be too formal and to keep from overdoing it, the tie and pocket square were left out.
Did I mention that Andy also styled his fiance, Jamie, for their shoot? Here grey, fur-trimmed coat matched his suit to a "T". 

Andy: As for matching my beautiful fiance, Jamie, she wore a stunning cream colored dress that goes with everything, so I just needed to keep up.

Andy, thank you for sharing a glimpse into your suit hunt. You and Jamie looked great!

Do you have a stylish wedding or engagement to share? Submit to Well-Groomed via Two Bright Lights or email. Get the details here.

images by Omar Carter Photography

Andy's wardrobe: J. Crew suit and shirt, Cole Haan shoes, Ben Sherman socks

Well-Groomed Engagement: Pattern and Pop

Check out the detail on this guy's suit jacket. The subtle pattern and black piping are only visible up close, and the oversized red bow tie and socks are in-your-face accents. Geeky glasses, slim pants, and a red VW Beatle finish off the details for this inspiration shoot.

images by Bell Studio via Magnolia Rouge

Well-Groomed Engagement: Everyday Upgrade

This photographer-turned-groom shares how he fine-tuned his everyday look for his engagement session style with his fiance Jina. Justin submitted pics of his two looks, and you'll notice, neither one is full of mixed patterns or bold colors. Instead, this shoot is the perfect example of how the proper fit can elevate even the most casual looks. He took his everyday wardrobe of button-ups and jeans, and dressed them up with suit separates. For his first look, Justin broke up his suit by pairing the pants with a casual, cuffed-sleeved button-up and skinny belt. Check it out.
Well-Groomed | Everyday Upgrade - A groom uses suit separates to elevate his everyday jeans routine.

from Justin: I wouldn't say the outfits I chose to wear for our engagement shoot are typical outfits for me day-to-day, as much as I would like them to be. I work as a video editor and a photographer, so I spend a lot of time in front of a computer. It doesn't lend itself particularly well to outfits consisting of much more than button up shirt and jean combos.
Well-Groomed | Everyday Upgrade - A groom uses suit separates to elevate his everyday jeans routine.
Well-Groomed | Everyday Upgrade - A groom pairs suit pants with cuffed sleeves, a skinny belt, and casual confidence.
Check out Justin's second look, and get more insight into his style choices. 

Giveaway Winner | Best Man Watch & Groomsmen Cards

You entered, you shared your ideas, and one of you won the Charm & Fig giveaway! Check out the winning guy's plan to add groom-centric details to his wedding.
Congrats, on your win, Alex G! Lauren of Charm & Fig will contact you to arrange shipping details.

Well-Groomed Style: Geometric Valentine's Day

The Confetti Pop crew, by which I mean my wife and our friend Maddy, invited me to style the groom in one of their photo shoots. The theme was geometric, so that meant lots of faceted, gem-like details. In styling the groom, who really is a newlywed and posed with his real-life wife, I wanted him to look relaxed, but pulled together. So, my first thought was button-down shirt, but to make it less stiff,  I chose chambray. Plum, straight-legged pants added some color to the white bow tie and chukka boots.   I also DIY'd these lapel pins. 100 Layer Cake is also featuring our shoot, so swing by to check out the other vendor's contributions. See something you want to DIY for your wedding? Confetti Pop has all the tutorials and how-tos.

Hopefully, you found some great inspiration for your engagement or relaxed wedding look.

styling/concept: Confetti Pop
printable invites: Confetti Pop Shop
images: Jeff Loves Jessica
venue: 514 Studios
florals: Prairie Fair
groom's styling: Well-Groomed
makeup: Asia Marie -
hair: Melanie Rivers
bride's wardrobe: BHLDN Feria dress, BHLDN Lambent shoes
groom's wardrobe: Old Navy shirt, Men's Wearhouse bow tie, Target pants, Target boots

Giveaway | Best Man Watch & Groomsmen Cards

We get it. Guys have mustaches. For some reason, every groom-centric thing from photo booth props to stationery has a mustache on it. If you're ready to move on to something a little more finessed for your groomsmen, then you're in luck. Laura Covington of Charm & Fig feels your pain and is offering up a giveaway (valued at more than $90) that's the perfect alternative.

Enter Charm & Fig's "Will you be my groomsman?" giveaway to be eligible to win a Timex Weekender watch (a gift for the Best Man, perhaps?), 20 personalized "Thank You" cards, and 8 "Will You Be My Groomsman?" cards. Laura will add each guy's name and role in the wedding (usher, groomsman, best man, etc.) to their card, along with the wedding date you provide. 

To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me how else you're adding groom-centric details to your wedding. The giveaway ends February 10th at midnight. Good luck!

*Winner of the Charm& Fig giveaway will be chosen at random. Giveaway will be open from February 4, 2013 and close at 11:59 pm on February 10, 2013. Winner will be announced February 10th on Well-Groomed. Charm & Fig will contact winner to arrange prize shipment and any other particulars. W-G is not responsible for delivering/shipping prizes.*

Well-Groomed Events: NorthernGRADE

Want to shop together this weekend? I'll be cruising around The James J. Hill Library with Shauna and the kids this Sunday checking out NorthernGRADE.

Pierrepont Hicks is producing the menswear pop-up market, which is the longest-running 100% premium American-made goods pop-up market. Find ties, handmade belt buckles, leather goods, everything you need to fine-tune your wedding look. Maybe even pick up some gifts for the groomsmen.

See you there!

images via NorthernGRADE


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