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When it comes to weddings, brides tend to steal the spotlight thanks to their luxurious dresses and ethereal hair and makeup. But what about the groom? Don’t ignore your fiance’s wedding day attire – after all, it can perfectly complement your own vintage bridal look! Style a dapper groom by following these helpful guidelines that help achieve that vintage style you both love.
The simplest way to transform a modern man’s look into a blast from the past is with one easy addition: a vest! This single item makes a huge difference when paired with a suit, and it hearkens back to a day and time when men really dressed up for special occasions. Three-piece suits have largely been replaced in today’s world with basic jackets and slacks, so adding a vest to your groom’s look is a great way to achieve a vintage aesthetic.
Suspender straps are wonderfully reminiscent of the Jazz Age, which makes them an excellent choice for vintage style. Commonly referred to as “braces” in the world of vintage fashion, suspenders are an easy addition to a basic white button-down and trousers, and they look especially good when planning a rustic-themed wedding.
Certain fabrics just stand out from the rest. Tweed, checkered houndstooth prints and velvet are all opulent choices for a handsome groom as well as his well-styled groomsmen.
Collars are an aspect of men’s vintage fashion that doesn’t receive a lot of attention, but they’ve certainly changed throughout the years. Paying attention to these small transformations can work wonders in achieving an authentic look of vintage menswear. Shirt collars used to be more circular, so look for rounded styles to mimic shirts of days past. Wing collars are another vintage alternative, while collar pins are a great addition to fasten collar tips underneath a necktie.
Accessories can take a modern suit into vintage territory with ease. Instead of a traditional tie, opt for a bow tie at the neckline. Pocket watches make cute boutonnieres, while cuff links, cravats and hats can top off a look with ample charm.
On a final note, doing your homework on vintage groom style doesn’t have to be boring. Turn to period movies like Gone with the Wind, The Notebook, Moulin Rouge and Pride and Prejudice for some helpful cues on men’s vintage styles throughout the decades. Pop some popcorn and grab your sweetie for some good old-fashioned movie nights!
Your groom’s suiting is a major part of your vintage-themed wedding, so dress him accordingly! He’ll enjoy taking a step back in time as he prepares to take that walk down the aisle.