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It's his day too, after all

Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 11:45 a.m. CDT

While most of the wedding day attention gets paid to the bride, the groom is in the limelight as well, and as such, menswear for the big day becomes an important choice.

According to longtime formalwear expert Duane Baker of Louis for Men in Downers Grove, fit meets fashion in today’s hottest menswear trends.

“Where there used to be just a regular fit, traditional fit tuxedo, we now we have options,” Baker says. A “Modern Fit” offers a shaped-down garment, with a flat front trouser and a longer leg. The “Slim Fit” has a peg-legged trouser, losing the wide-bottom cuff of the past few years. The jacket is shaped at the middle and the coat is shorter.

“It really goes back to a 1960s look,” Baker says. “We’re getting away from the oversized and baggy. “Most fashionable is the two-button jacket, not the single. And a majority are notch collar or peak lapels,” he adds. “There is a new direction in terms of color. Brown tuxedos are becoming popular for fall weddings, and tan and light gray in spring and summer.

Men’s trends, much like women’s tend to follow the celebrities, Baker explains.

“Traditionally Hollywood dictates fashion – from sportswear and business wear to formal wear. What we saw at the Academy Awards is now what we see in the shops.”

Today, that means bow ties rather than long ties, a return to the cummerbund, and the reappearance of the Frank Sinatra-famed white jacket and black slack.

Out of style for today’s weddings is the double-breasted jacket, and tails seem only to be a choice for proms, Baker shares. “But like all styles, it will come back again! And period weddings are becoming more and more popular, so you still see these styles show up where it is appropriate.”

So what should a guy know as he heads into the shop?

“Style is very important,” Baker advises, “but more important is what fits you the best,”

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