The Knot: These Are the 5 Biggest Fashion Trends for Grooms in 2019

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Find out what’s in style and how to make it your own.

by Kelsey Paine

When you start thinking about what to wear for your wedding, you might not know too much about the differences in styles or trends—especially if you don’t get dressed up on a regular basis. Once you’ve decided on the formality and overall vibe of your day, this flowchart can give you some direction on whether a tux or suit is the right pick. But of course you’ll also want to put your own twist on it to really showcase your style and personality. That’s why we spoke to Jerod Walburn, a menswear expert from The Black Tux, to get the scoop on the latest trends you might want to incorporate into your (or your groomsmen’s) look. From bold colors to a fun reception-only outfit, these ideas should get you excited about planning your wedding fashion.

Trend #1: Standout Grooms

What to Rent   (from left) :  The Black Tux   The Whitman Outfit , $215;  The Thornhill Outfit , $175; both available at

What to Rent (from left): The Black Tux The Whitman Outfit, $215; The Thornhill Outfit, $175; both available at

Brides have always worn different dresses from their bridesmaids, while grooms typically blended in with their wedding party. Now, more grooms are deciding they (rightfully) deserve their own unique look too. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with matching, but there are so many ways to help the groom step forward a little bit, which is great for your big day,” Walburn says. You can do this through your color and styling choices, or simply by choosing different accessories. So maybe the groom sports a charcoal suit while the groomsmen wear light gray—just choose hues that are in the same color family. Or the groom wears a three-piece suit and the rest of the guys wear a similar two-piece number. The goal is to have some connecting thread, whether it’s the same tie or an accent color, so you have a cohesive look.

Trend #2: Bold Colors and Prints

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Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to stand out from the crowd, and there’s no easier way to do that than with color. A brighter color palette is on trend, says Walburn, whether you choose a vibrant jacket or use accessories to punch up a neutral suit. For a formal affair, you still can’t go wrong with a classic black tux. But if it’s not a black-tie dress code, and “you’re more of a stylish, fashionable guy, don’t be afraid to go for a colorful tuxedo,” he says. (Jewel tones like plum and emerald are both good alternatives.) For a less formal event, consider a tan or blue suit, then add a necktie or pocket square in a unique print or bold color.

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