6 Ways for the Groom to Add Something Blue
It’s a no-brainer: neckties that boast blue will look great, especially if the hue matches or complements the overall color scheme of the wedding and/or the bridesmaid dresses, says Julie Rath, a men’s image and style consultant and founder of NYC-based Rath & Co. Men’s Style Consulting. For a little extra flair, consider a dapper, Gatsby-esque bow tie, or make a bold statement in Cor Sine Labe Doli’s pearly, pale blue ceramic – yes, that’s ceramic on a silk neckband – version, suggests Patricia Trépaniera, men’s fashion stylist and image consultant based in Toronto and Montreal.
There are countless options, featuring everything from precious gems to sports logos or plaid. If he’s fashion-forward but not very flashy, Trépanier recommends Tateossian Scoubidou’s light-blue and white braided Italian leather cufflinks, which wrap around the edge of his shirt cuff.
Only a few inches of his socks will show when he’s sitting down, says Rath, making this practical footwear an easy way to bring in blue without overpowering his look. Trépanier likes Happy Socks’ striped socks that mix dark and light blues with other colors.
Colorful shoelaces (like Stolen Riches’ set in Dickie Blue) are trending this style season, says Trépanier. Pair bright blue laces with shiny, black dress shoes, she adds.
Blue polka dot or paisley pocket squares add classy pizzazz – Trépanier likes silk variations by Turnbull & Asser. She also prefers the “Flat Fold” style: fold the left side of the square over the right side; fold the bottom up just short of the top; tuck it into the jacket pocket so that an inch of the pocket square is visible.
Blue buttonhole thread on the jacket lapel and/or sleeves is a subtle but cool, outside-the-box detail, especially if he’s getting a custom-made suit, says Rath. Even subtler? “Underwear,” she says, “provided he isn’t wearing light-colored pants!”
[Image: Stolen Riches]