Sharp-dressed groomsmen

Finding the right look for your wedding crew

After a lean year, weddings are beginning to make a comeback. "We're starting to see people wanting to get dressed up again, believe it or not," says Marc Maslauski, owner of Jim Herron Ltd. "I think we have 13 different weddings booked this year."

The big trend in wedding attire right now is groomsmen suit packages. "Why rent a tux when you can buy a suit and keep it, for the same price," says Maslauski. "With these new wedding groups we've been putting together new affordable suit packages. You get a shirt, tie and pocket square – plus we can tailor anything to fit." Sometimes the groom will also pitch in some money for his groomsmen suits as their wedding gift. "People seem really appreciative," Maslauski adds. "They get to keep something from the wedding and hang it in their closet. Makes the day even more memorable."

The suit style of choice for many of these groomsmen is the slim fit. "A lot of these guys like to be put in the slim fit suits, says Maslauski. "People like to look trim and tailored. We can also tailor anything. If the shirt doesn't fit right we can taper it down."

The slim-fit suit is most associated with Italian or European cuts and has grown in popularity with the James Bond films. It is more fitted to the body – cut close to the shoulders, chest and waist. The slacks sit slightly below the waist; slim fit through the hips and thighs with straight or narrow leg openings. –Joseph Copley

Complete the look

Show your style with a custom pocket square. There's no hard and fast rule for choosing a pocket square. It should simply complement your shirt and tie, not match them.

Joseph Copley

Joseph Copley is production designer for Illinois Times and co-publisher of Activator, the music and arts magazine.

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