Thursday, May 21, 2009

Groom Style #24: High Nola

Dress Inspiration? Lazaro Ivory Alencon lace and organza

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Dress: Lazaro; Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti via Bluefly

This style request comes from a sweet bride, Lindsay. She and her fiance, Andrew, will be married in the New Orleans Museum of Art come fall. Very old world charm. It's hard not to see why she and Andrew will be using the classic fleur-de-lis motif throughout the ceremony and reception. So, here's what I've come up with.

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Tuxedo: JoS. A Bank; Socks: K. Bell via Fashion Club; Shoes: Hudson; Cufflinks: Louisiana Lagniappe; Tie: Hickey via Bluefly; Belt: Cole Haan via Bluefly; Watch: Omega via Lfstyl

The key to using vintage or vintage-y pieces is to combine the outfit with more modern elements. This will help you keep your guy's duds from looking like a costume. So, I combined a three-buttoned tuxedo jacket with a tie instead of a bow tie (per our bride and groom's request). Then, I used the fleur-de-lis motif throughout the outfit. Use it sparingly because you want your guy to look like he's going to a sophisticated event, not to a New Orleans Saints football game. Socks are a great way to incorporate a design theme because they remain relatively hidden throughout the wedding. Cuff links too, are a subtle homage to the motif. I also chose a Hickey tie with a fleur-de-lis pattern. However, if you look closely, it's not an exact replica of the fleur-de-lis, rather it is a more modern take on it. To add a unexpected twist, ask every other groomsmen to wear the socks, the remaining groomsmen the cuff links. Who says your groom and groomsmen have to match exactly? I love the traditional look of the croc tie and wing tip shoes. The curved lines on the accessories soften up the rather stark, black leather. While Andrew typically wears a silver Fossil watch for everyday, I thought he needed an upgrade for his wedding. A silver, vintage Omega watch with an ivory face and Roman numerals completes the outfit.

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