Martha Stewart Weddings - - THE PLANNER -

Tai­lor­ing is es­sen­tial.

“Even an in­ex­pen­sive suit can look high-end if it fits cor­rectly,” Spec­tor says. The shirt­sleeve should sit at the base of your wrist, the coat sleeves half an inch above that, and your pants should have one small break.

Style matters.

Jack­ets are not one­cut-fits-all. Tall, slim men look best in a thin lapel, while broader men can pull off a wider one. Both widths are in fash­ion right now, so pick which­ever looks best.

It’s okay to break the rules.

Tra­di­tion­ally, you wouldn’t wear a straight tie with for­mal­wear—but if you like the look, go for it. “The lines have be­come blurred, and it can be stylish now,” Spec­tor says.

Step it up.

You’ll want to opt for tuxedo shoes, which are usu­ally made of patent leather but can also fea­ture vel­vet or satin. Not sure you can pull them off ? The shini­est black shoes you can find are an ac­cept­able sub­sti­tute.

Co­or­di­na­tion is key.

Con­sider col­ors or tex­tures in the wed­ding, and work them sub­tly into your at­tire. At his own nup­tials, Spec­tor’s hus­band, Glenn Greil­samer (be­low), donned a tuxedo by Ermenegildo Zegna, and they both wore vin­tage black-and-gold studs to match their ta­ble set­tings. “It cre­ates a co­he­sion that helps pho­tos look flaw­less,” Spec­tor says. —Sara Still­man Berger

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