It’s time for some wedding truths. Not all guys want to wear a super formal outfit on their wedding day and not all weddings suit this level of formality. If you’re planning a relaxed, laidback day, your groom and groomsmen need a look that’s suitably informal. We’re here today to show you that casual groomswear can still look special and to give you some great ideas for casual groom style that everyone will love.
Before we cast our eye over these casual groom ideas, we should say right now that even if you rock the casual look on your big day, you still need to feel special. Treat yourself to new pieces, invest in the brands that you love and most importantly, care about your look. Casual works best when it’s done really well so take the time to decide what you want to wear.
The best casual groom style
Let’s start with the informal summer suit because this will ease you into thinking about a more casual wedding look! Think about a less structured cut, softer fabrics and lighter colours for this look and even consider ditching the tie (or just open your top button if you can’t go that far!). You could wear a waistcoat rather than a jacket and go for a chunkier belt and boots to bring a little edge to your outfit. Perfect for country house and city weddings in the warmer months.
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Another great stepping stone to a more casual look is a chino and shirt combination. Style it up with a waistcoat or braces and some fabulous brown shoes and even roll up those sleeves if you like! This look works really well at barn style venues and is perfect for spring and autumn weddings.
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Taking this look to the next level of casualness, how about rolling up those trousers a little? Team with boat shoes or even flip flops if you dare! Ideal for summer weddings or celebrations with a beach or even festival vibe.
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OK, let’s turn our attention to denim. Does it have a place at weddings? Well, yes it does. If you’re planning a boho inspired wedding or if you just want a really relaxed and totally informal look to your day then denim is definitely do-able! To make it work, add some great details such as a fab tie or bow-tie and great shoes. An alternative would be to style the groomsmen in jeans while the grooms opts for chinos.
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More casual groom ideas
The best thing about embracing the casual look is that you know you’re just going to be comfortable all day long. So, what could be more comfortable in summer than shorts? Oh yes, a smart, tailored pair of shorts with a shirt and tie looks great at countryside or barn weddings in high summer.
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Tweed has very much become a country wedding staple of late and with good reason – it’s so stylish! If you want to bring a more casual look to your tweed, lose the tie and roll up those sleeves!
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Another easy way to bring a little casual to your look is with a checked shirt. Team with a bow tie for a fun finishing touch.
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If a top hat is the most formal headwear for men, a flat cap has to be one of the most casual! If you want to wear a cap on your big day, go for tweed or similar. Don’t think that you can get away with an old baseball cap however!
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Tips for casual groomswear
If you’re now more than a little bit in love with these casual groom ideas, here are a few tips to make sure that your groom and the groomsmen all look their best:
- Casual doesn’t mean messy. Shirts should still be ironed, shoes should still be clean and the guys should still be well groomed.
- Remember that this is a wedding, not an evening at the pub. We don’t recommend trainers or old Converse so instead, think Oxfords or Brogues as a starting point.
- Tuck yourself in! Either a full or a French tuck is definitely required otherwise you run the risk of looking like you’ve not thought about your look.
- Include a couple of great detail to elevate your look. A really well-cut shirt or fantastic shoes will make your outfit extra special.
- Match the level of your outfit to that of your bride’s. If she’s chosen a heavily embellished Princess style ballgown, it’ll look very strange if you’re in jeans. A more unstructured wedding dress looks even more amazing next to a casual groom.
- To make sure that your look is finished to perfect, don’t forget a statement buttonhole. This is the perfect finishing touch if you’re opted for casual groomswear.
- Make sure that your look works with your venue. Cords or even denims look great in the country while a chinos or simple, well-made trousers are perfect for chic city celebrations.
For more ideas for the groom, we show you how to style the rustic groom right here.