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Our Favourite Styles Inspired by Real Groomsmen

  |   By Nicole Ballantyne-Choo

Whether you're going for the traditional look or planning a more modern approach, fashion possibilities for your groomsmen are endless. Even if the guys aren't super keen to get decked out, there's a way to bring out every fashion-conscious groomsman's personality, style, and sense of adventure.

To help you and your groom decide on the looks, we've compiled a few stand-out sets of suits for every type of wedding.

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01

Show off their fashion quirks

Photo courtesy Assaf Friedman of Assaf Friedman Photography

Make an eye-catching fashion statement! Unconventional wedding socks are the perfect way to add colour and a hint of quirkiness to your groomsmen's attire without killing the classic vibe. This group didn't mind a little experimentation on the big day, and they weren't afraid to go all-out with one-of-a-kind patterns and hues we haven't seen for a minute—as it should be for a special moment like this one.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

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02

Feature a fedora

Photo courtesy Stéphanie of LachancePhoto

Looking for some old-fashioned appeal? Just add fedoras! Whether you're going classic or contemporary, this is one piece you can work into any groomsman's attire. Even the little guy looks smooth in this attention-grabbing accessory, and we're all for it.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

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03

Mix and match the ties

Photo courtesy Daydream Weddings

Who says matching is always better? Ties in different designs and different colours can create a fun look for your groomsmen. We love the way these friendly fellas busted out their best looks, and how the colours and styles they chose reflect their unique personalities. Have each groomsman select their go-to hue for a surprise reveal on the big day.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

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04

Don some shades

Photo courtesy Christine Kufske of Click Photography

Pair tuxedos with cool sunglasses for a look that is both quirky and sophisticated. It gives your groomsmen the best of both worlds and lets them bring some of their real-life quirkiness down the aisle. Green? Yellow? Red? Purple? Why not go with all four and snap some sleek shots, à la this handsome group.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

No.
05

Switch to sneakers

Photo courtesy of Jamie Delaine

Your groomsmen will thank you for allowing them to wear comfortable shoes. The bonus? Sneakers still pair well with a suit. Effortless yet oh so chic, this is a trend we adore. The crew will feel cozy while they're on their feet all day, and, even better, they'll be able to tear it up on the dance floor.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

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06

Lose the jacket

Photo courtesy Laura McOrmond Photography

Wearing a full suit for an entire wedding (especially in the summer) can make your boys uncomfortable. A vest still portrays a classy look and is a great choice for an outdoor wedding. It'll keep the crew comfortable and in style at the same time, so it does double duty. Matching ties and boutonnières pull the look together.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

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07

Cuff it up

Photo courtesy Meg Courtney Photography

On a hot day in a tropical destination, the last thing your groomsmen want to wear is are heavy suits. Allow for casual, summery attire to fit in with the atmosphere of your destination wedding. This breezy aesthetic couldn't fit a Hawaiian wedding any better, and we love how those leis function as beach-friendly boutonnières. Between the sunnies, the cuffed legs, and the cropped sleeves, this is a laid-back look we can't help but love.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

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08

Cheers to boutonnieres

Photo courtesy Kate Fellerath Photography

Add character to a classic wedding suit by having your groomsmen wear unique boutonnières that will really stand out. These guys went all-out with the purple theme, coordinating their ties with their boutonnières with their...flasks?! It's not something we see every day, yet it reflects their personalities and theme perfectly.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

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09

Keep it classic

Photo courtesy Dragonflight Photography

A classic look never fails. Your groomsmen will look great suited up in matching outfits as they stand by you at the altar. Traditional is traditional for a reason, and the black suit-white shirt combo works well with any wedding location, theme, or colour. These boys played it up with their sleek suiting from top to toe, and we know these are photos they'll cherish forever.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

No.
10

Leave black behind

Photo courtesy Janine Sept Photography

In lieu of the traditional black suit and tie, dress your groomsmen in beige suits. They're super flattering and look great when paired with coloured ties or boutonnières. Black isn't for everyone, so this is one way to insert personal flair into your ceremony. Bold blossoms emphasize the neutral colour scheme even further, adding a splash of colour into a streamlined aesthetic.

As seen in this Real Wedding.

This article was originally published on Jun 14, 2012
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