Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Groom Style #25: "High Jinks to Follow"

Dress Inspiration? Le Spose di Gio with a Drop Waist

Art Deco Wedding

Dress: Le Spose di Gio via preownedweddingdresses.com; Shoes: Prada via MYFASHIONLIFE

I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this next wedding. Our groom style inquiry comes from Natalie, a beautiful west coast bride. She and her fiance, Wesley (what a cute name!), will be married within a redwood grove at UC Berkeley's Botanical Gardens. Natalie designed all the art work for their invitations using an Art Deco design theme. In the invitation, Natalie also included the words, "dinner, wine and high jinks to follow." Their guests will be asked to play kazoos (amazing!) as the newly married couple recesses. Needless to say this will be a wonderfully whimsical, semi-formal wedding with an art deco twist. So, this is what I came up with...

Wedding in Berkeley
Suit: Brooks Brothers; Dress Shirt: Ted Baker; Bow tie: Bowtie.com; Vest: TopMan; Pocket Square: Ralph Lauren; Cuff links; Shoes: Bruno Magli

Natalie would like to make the groom men's outfits a little fun without loosing the Art Deco feel to it. Natalie has already chosen a black Brooks Brothers suit, aptly named the "Fitzgerald." I chose a gray dress shirt which softens the stark black suit and also ties in Natalie's wedding colors. It's also a nice twist to the traditional white shirt. Now, on to the accessories. The opulence of many pieces made in the Art Deco era might not appeal to Wesley. He's a fairly simple guy. So, a few carefully chosen pieces that only hint at the design theme are all you need. The cuff links and wingtip shoes both have a subtle geometric shape. There are other more elaborate Art Deco motifs such as sweeping curves. So it's more than appropriate to have a paisley bow tie and a decorative pocket square. And lastly, I'm also loving the black vest, which ties together the whole 1920s-with-a-modern-twist look.

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