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Gents, let’s face it: if you wear it right, a traditional black tux looks incredibly dashing. But it can also a little overdone, and for a wedding that’s all about you and your bride, you should give mixing it up a go. Even if you reinvent a little of it, at least you’re stepping in the right direction to expressing your own style.
Texture and Colour Shake Up
To start off with the reinvention, consider the limitations on colour and texture: because now there aren’t any. Yes, black is always a good move – it’s a smart and classic style, and there is no denying the strength in the shade. But it doesn’t always have to be black. Take the chance to mix it up with different coloured jackets in different textures. A velvet jacket in a navy blue is a good choice, as is chalk and herringbone textures. Check out InStitchu and Mr Porter for some perfect substitutions to the traditional look.
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Play with Patterns
If you do it right, indulging in a tux jacket that is patterned can be a refreshing look, and there’s always the option to play up the design. If you would prefer to stray from the patterns on your jacket, consider doing so with your accessories, like your bowtie. And, if you’re up for it (and you should be), add in a splash of vibrant colour with a pocket square or lapel. Patterns make for a creative relief from the traditional shades of blacks, greys and whites. Head on over to Oscar Hunt for some creative jacket options, and then stop by InStitchu for creative accessory choices.
Simplistic vs. Extravagant
The traditional tuxedo embodies the refined minimalism that sets the tux apart from anything else, but that doesn’t have to mean you have to go by the book. Either make the outfit more simplistic by minimalizing the accessories and the colour, or go in the opposite direction and make it a little more extravagant with a waistcoat, pocket square and lapel. Or, alternatively, find something in the middle. Pair your tux with a waistcoat in the colour of your choice and add in the accessories that best represent you. To start, check out Mr Porter and InStitchu.
Shoes are a great way to shake up the traditional tuxedo in a subtle way. You can stick with the usual black Oxfords, or you can trade it up for something a little more you. Add colour to the laces or pick a shoe with a little shine. Alternatively, choose a shoe that’s a little more casual; something in neutral tones can modernise the suit. Start with Wootten to find something that will put that spring in your step.
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Personalise the Accessories
The accessories are all what it comes down to. From the colour of your tie, to the style of your waistcoat, you’re sure to find something to reinvent the traditional tux. Some options could be cuff links in a particular pattern or colour that best reflect you, or you could do something a little more subtle and sew either yourself or your bride’s initials into the cuff of your shirt. More options include an engraved tie bar, a smart watch or even the colour of your socks. Check out Hanmaid Designs for some options.
The traditional tux is a strong ensemble, but reinventing it to make it a lot more you makes it that much unique. It isn’t a huge job to change it up – you could simply add a little bit of colour or add a few more accessories. Whatever you do, you’re one step closer to reinventing the look. Sometimes, traditional needs to take a step back to make room for improvement. So indulge in the reinvention.
Ms Chinoiserie Says: Who doesn’t love a groom in black tie – so suave! And with a few stylish ‘on trend’ updates, this look is even more dapper!