There are lots of different options when it comes to creating your wedding day look. After deciding to make a statement with your custom I DEUX, questions like tie or bow tie and pocket square or boutonnière still remain. In this blog post we’ll aim to help the decision process by breaking down the different scenarios in which you might choose one look over another.
Bow Tie or Necktie
The bow tie is often considered more formal making them ideal for black-tie attire. They’re almost always worn with a tuxedo and/or pleated shirt. You might also consider a bow tie if your outfit involves velvet or has piping or if you’re wearing a double breasted or a single-button blazer.
While certainly subjective, the necktie is often chosen when wearing a suit particularly if rocking a two or three-button blazer. The rule of opposites is a safe bet when choosing a tie. Additionally, ties can create an effect that makes the wearer look taller and slimmer.
Going sans tie is a bold move, and certainly not recommend for formal events. However, if you’re a particularly fashionable guy wanting a more laid back vibe, the band collar on its own is the perfect choice.
Pocket Square or Boutonnière
Opting for a pocket square is a great option to save money and still add a pop of color to the men. In our case, wearing the matching pocket square is a fun way to preview your custom I DEUX underneath.
Flowers are often worn for special occasions such as a wedding and are a great way to coordinate the men and women. Ensure color harmony with your boutonniere and the rest of your outfit.
If the wedding is black-tie, you might want to wear a flower with a pocket square. Just make sure there isn't too much going on with your look. A single white flower with a solid color pocket square is a great way to start.
Tuxedo or Suit
A tuxedo is the more formal option and typically worn for black-tie and evening weddings. If you’re particular about your accessories, this option often includes a cummerbund, waistcoat, and bow tie. Choosing a tuxedo is great way to make a large group of groomsmen look polished and cohesive.
A suit is a great option for a morning or afternoon wedding. It is often worn with a necktie and one can opt to add a vest or not. There are more choices when it comes to colors and styles and is typically the more reasonable financial choice as a man is more likely to get additional use out of a suit than a tuxedo.
Suspenders or Belt
Historically worn by older men, suspenders have recently come back into fashion among younger men. Suspenders are typically more acceptable for occasions when you have some leeway with the dress requirements. Semi-formal events, weddings, and social events provide the perfect opportunities to wear suspenders. It is also customary to wear them with pants that don't have belt loops.
On the whole, belts tend to be the more common choice especially if there are any fit issues. A belt cinches your pants tight around your waist to keep trousers from falling where as suspenders merely hold them in place. When wearing a belt, it is important to make sure that it matches your shoes. Also, although it seems obvious, take care to thread the belt through each loop on your pants.