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Why let your bridesmaids have all the fashion fun? Nowadays, guys are starting to get their friends in on the mismatched groomsmen trend too, and we, for one, couldn’t be more supportive! It’s a wonderful way to let the boys express themselves in something they feel comfortable wearing (and perhaps, already own), all the while still keeping the look cohesive enough to make for anything but basic photos. If you’re searching for some seriously stylish inspiration, we’ve got all the ideas you could possibly need, courtesy of Chief Creative Director for Men’s Wearhouse, Joseph Abboud.
1. Differentiate the accessories
The simplest way to achieve the not so matchy-matchy look? Switch up the accessories, such as the vest and tie, says Abboud. “By choosing from a spectrum of colors in the same color family, groomsmen can easily have different looks but not appear as mismatched.” For example, if your bridesmaids are wearing navy, he recommends having the groomsmen select from a vest and tie set that’s navy, sky blue or royal blue. Give them the option to choose their favorite shade and everyone wins.
2. Make a statement with ombré
This one might be a bit harder to coordinate if your guy has a ton of groomsmen, however, for a party of five or less it can look truly awesome. “Creating an ombré effect with your entire bridal party allows you to select from a gradient of shades of the same color and makes mixing and matching the accessories easier,” points out Abboud. If you do decide to go this route, you can always keep the accessories the same and simply have the groomsmen wear various shades of grey, black, blue (or whatever color you choose) suits.
3. Try a tonal range of colors
If all out ombré is too difficult to organize and the groomsmen already own suits in your preferred hue, try a tonal range of colors, suggests Abboud. Instead of black, grey and white suits, which could clash, have everyone wear whatever color grey suit they have hanging in their closet right now. Chances are, you’ll get a good mix of shades, with some groomsmen “matching” more so than others, making the entire group look perfectly imperfect.
4. Go bold with different colored suits
Feeling adventurous? Have your groomsmen sport mismatched suits that are different without being too different, if you catch our drift. For instance, black, navy and charcoal aren’t the same color, yet still pair nicely together. “Accessories, such as socks, pocket squares, studs and cuff links can all be coordinated to create a cohesive, dynamic look,” notes Abboud.
5. Mix bow ties with ties
Stray ever so slightly from the standard matching groomsmen look by changing up the neckwear, advises Abboud. “Mixing bow ties with ties and sticking with a color palate but choosing different styles, textures and patterns can be really fun.” In fact, this is Abboud’s favorite way to channel the trend and we’re totally on board with it too!