Monday, May 11, 2009

Groom Style #20: New Balance

Dress Inspiration? Alvina Valenta Silk Gown

Dress: Alvina Valenta; Shoes: Badgley Mischka via Piperlime

In an ideal wedding world, your ceremony and your reception locations would have the same vibe and style. However, this doesn't always happen. This is the exact dilemma our next bride, Megan, faces. The short, non-religious ceremony will be held in a small "green" church with modern, sleek interiors. The more traditional, evening reception will be held at private club overlooking Raleigh's stunning skyline. Megan is planning to wear this gorgeous silk gown from Alvina Valenta. She wants a balanced look that will complement this dress and her two wedding locations without compromising her groom's taste and style. So, here's what I've come up with.

Thee modern details of this outfit will help update the traditional tuxedo. First, choose a tuxedo with peaked lapels (so, he doesn't look like a waiter), single button (so, he looks lean) and a pair of flat-front tuxedo pants (so, he looks sharp). Armani and Calvin Klein are known for their modern cuts. Megan's groom, George, can do a quick neck wear change. First, he should start off with a black tie for the ceremony, then put on a bow tie for the reception. Remember to choose a full cutaway, spread collared shirt, like the ones available at 9tailors. Next, angular accessories, such as the watch, pocket square, and the ridged wedding band, will help to create a sleek effect. Next, laces prevent the shoes from looking too casual. Finally, since Megan and George met at the University of Michigan, George can kick-up his feet and relax with a retro UMich t-shirt at the post-reception bash.

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