The Groom's Guide to Wedding Style

This guide has got everything guys need to know to transform into a nattily attired groom on the big day. From black-tie standouts to more casual getups, we've got style ideas for every type of wedding.

Even the most die-hard T-shirt-and-jeans guy wants to look natty on his wedding day. This custom three-piece suit by Kleinfeld Men will never go out of style and looks put-together even when you slip off the jacket.

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Men's Wedding Bands
There's no need for matching bands. The groom should love his as much as the bride loves hers.

(Clockwise from top left): Tacori platinum #64-7. De Beers "Fused Lines" platinum. Tiffany & Co. milgrain platinum. Kwiat rose gold. Furrer-Jacot brushed platinum #71-26250-M-0. Benchmark 14K white gold LCF150Wg.

A Formal Affair: Tuxedos
All gents cut a dashing figure in a tux, whether it boasts a classic peak lapel (far left), a Victorian-era shawl lapel (second from left), or tails (far right). Even more daring? A white dinner jacket a la Bogart in Casablanca.

(From left): Lanvin tuxedo (; Seize sur Vingt shirt and bow tie (212-625-1620). Vivienne Westwood Man tuxedo (323-951-0707); Dior Homme shirt; Phineas Cole tie ( Tom Ford jacket (; Emma Willis shirt; Budd bow tie. Hickey Freeman formal tails; Armani vest; Budd shirt; H. Huntsman bow tie.

A Formal Affair: Watches
When selecting your ensemble, ask, "What would James Bond do?" The answer: Pair a killer tux with debonair accessories. For a 007-worthy watch, think sleek. Go for a black leather strap and a gadget-free face.

(Clockwise from left): Georg Jensen #318; Girard-Perregaux 1966. Frederique Constant FC-245M5S6 (800-348-3332). Baume et Mercier #8849. Audemars Piguet (888-214-6858).

A Formal Affair: Cufflinks
Cuff links may just be a guy's only shot at putting on "fun" jewelry. Seize the day with a unique design element or a nod to a favorite hobby.

(From left): Cartier rose gold. Kwiat diamond, onyx, and platinum. Wedgwood black jasper and gold horse-head. Dunhill gold-plated brass (

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A Formal Affair: Shoes
Consider slick patent leather lace-ups, or prove that not just Hugh Hefner can sport a slipper. You'll look swanky, not silly, in a pair that's black and not overly embellished.

(From left): Gucci derby shoes ( Christian Louboutin suede "Dandy Flat" slippers.
A Semi-Formal Affair: Suits
As he did with his beloved first car, a man will get some serious mileage out of a dark, slim-fitting suit. It's universally flattering and can easily be worked into the business-week rotation after the wedding. For adventurous types, a more formal option turning heads right now is the midnight-blue tux (middle); it's not your grandpa's wedding wear.

(From left): Tommy Hilfiger blazer and pants ( Hamilton shirt. Louis Vuitton tie. Marc Jacobs tuxedo; Robert Talbott shirt; Alexander Olch tie. Bottega Veneta jacket and pants; Thomas Pink shirt; Ermenegildo Zegna tie.
A Semi-Formal Affair: Pocket Squares
If you're having an early-afternoon reception (or you've just nixed the idea of black tie), choose an impeccably tailored suit and dress it up with a few choice accents. Add a pocket square that complements your tie and--bam!-- your outfit has become an ensemble.

(Clockwise from top): Hermes "Croisiere" silk. H. Huntsman silk. Ermenegildo Zegna silk. Brunello Cucinelli cotton-linen (312-266-6000). Robert Talbott silk.

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A Semi-Formal Affair: Shoes
Step out in style by selecting timeless shoes with softly tapered toes and no ornate detailing. with regular resoling, they'll last for decades.

(Clockwise from bottom): Lanvin leather oxfords ( Cole Haan "Air Colton" plain oxfords ( Fratelli Rossetti lace-up oxfords ( Hermes "Bill" shoes. Fratelli Rossetti leather lace-ups (

A Semiformal Affair: Watches
A timepiece worn with a tux should be understated, but a special version with bolder numerals and a dark band is just right with a suit.

(From left): Tag Heuer Carerra "Heritage" (702-380-2820). Tiffany & Co. "Atlas." Cartier "Tank Louis."
A Casual Gathering: Suits
Garden parties and beach bashes call for a downshift in formality. To look and feel cool all wedding long, pick a pale suit in a breathable fabric like a cotton blend or tropical wool; both wrinkle less than linen. Any of these could be worn with leather sandals, boat shoes, or oxfords sans socks at a seaside ceremony.

(From left): Brioni suit and tie. Brunello Cucinelli shirt (312-266-6000). Ermenegildo Zegna suit. Brioni "Cotton Check" shirt. Calvin Klein tie. Yves Saint Laurent suit (212-980-2970). Louis Vuitton shirt. Turnbull and Asser tie ( Dries Van Noten "Kensley" suit. Ermenegildo Zegna shirt. DKNY tie.
A Casual Gathering: Belts
Nearly all suit pants are meant to be belted (hence the loops). The "match your belt, shoes, and watch strap" rule applies to black or brown pieces. Considering another color? Use your discretion.

(From top): DKNY black leather. Bally blue calf leather. Martin Dingman alligator.
A Casual Gathering: Ties
Match your tie to your threads for a polished, monochromatic look, or choose a punchier color from your wedding palette. Then, consider texture: Knit, for example, is more relaxed than silk.

(From left): Thomas Pink "Cruise." Bespoken silk knit. Calvin Klein "Crackle." Louis Vuitton silk. Hermes "Oran" silk.
A Casual Gathering: Watches
An informal suit can stand up to sportier wrist wear. While digital faces and rubber straps are a little too triathlon, slightly chunkier designs with bells, whistles, and metal bands are spot-on.

(From left): Hermes "Cape Cod Quantieme"; IWC "Portofino Chronograph" (212- 355-7271); Breitling "Transocean Chronograph Unitime."

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