Suit Up Like the Stars

Hey grooms, need some inspiration for what to wear on your wedding day? Take a cue from these red-carpet looks.
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    Justin Timberlake:  Classic

    Over 64 percent of you will go with a safe but eternally chic option: the classic tux. While the penguin suit may seem like a straightforward choice, there are still decisions to make, like what kind of lapels (those flaps in the front) to pick. The key is in the size and fit: “Narrow lapels that sit on the chest are what separate a rented tux from a tailored one,” says celebrity menswear stylist Marcus Teo.

    How To Pull It Off
    Pair a traditional tux with a white dress shirt with French cuffs and a black bow tie. And you can’t go wrong with black patent-leather shoes. Not down with the shine? Opt for a matte finish instead.

    Make It Personal
    Show some personality with custom cuff links, a bold pocket square or patterned socks. To keep the look polished, avoid mixing too many prints.

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    Carmelo Anthony:  Retro

    Anthony’s old-fashioned approach to his formalwear is definitely not dated -- the three-piece suit is one of the hottest menswear trends right now. Something to consider before you try it: A waistcoat (basically, a fancy vest) breaks up height, making it a great choice for grooms over six feet tall but not such a smart pick if you’re on the shorter side.

    How To Pull It Off
    Pinstripes can be stylish and slimming -- or cheesy and costumey (think: more old-school gangster than groom). The difference lies in the lines and cut. For a more refined vibe, stick to a three-piece style with fine lines and a classic fit. Looking for something even more understated? Chalk-lined pinstripes make a subtle statement.

    Make It Personal
    In order to keep this retro look current, incorporate a touch of color into your wedding day ensemble. Swap the plain white dress shirt for a blue or pink button-down. And don’t be afraid to follow Anthony’s lead and mix in an interesting pattern, like a floral tie, a checkered shirt or a bright pocket square.

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    Wilmer Valderrama: Hipster

    The That ’70s Show star cleans up nicely in a sleek yet casual slim-fit suit.

    How To Pull It Off
    The best way to keep this suit current is with shorter pants, Teo says. Ask your tailor to hem the pants with “no break.” Translation: The edge of your pants should graze the top of your shoes.

    Make It Personal
    Minimal flair is the key to this look. Go hipster with a skinny tie that’s the width of your lapels. For a preppy take, try a bow tie.

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    Ryan Gosling:  Trendy

    Brides and grooms alike will agree that Gosling’s double-breasted suit looks sharp. Once reserved for lean guys (the wide fit can sometimes add bulk), this dapper jacket style is making a major comeback thanks to the modern and ultra-flattering slim cut.

    How To Pull It Off
    It’s the new proportions that make this suit work on grooms of all sizes. “Gosling gets it right with fitted shoulders, a nipped waist and a slim pant,” Teo says. In other words, get yourself a great tailor before you suit up and remember: Narrow shoulders, a high waist and slim pants elongate the frame.

    Make It Personal
    Since this suit is already pretty busy, keep the rest of your attire clean and simple. The way to accessorize while still looking streamlined is all about coordinating your extras. Use the details on your jacket as a guide. In Gosling’s case, a black tie and black shoes, which both match the suit’s buttons, are all he needs.

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