The Wedding Party
Gone are the days of cookie-cutter tuxedos and throwaway frocks; the latest for groomsmen and bridesmaids will have friends of the betrothed begging to join the party.
The rule stating groomsmen’s looks must be uniform expired at the same time as the cummerbund trend. Mix it up! Complete the looks of your colorful entourage with personal touches that will have all looking sharp and feeling at their “best”—even if they weren’t bestowed with the coveted honor.
Things Remembered flask available at Things Remembered, Saint Louis Galleria, 314.726.5433. Truefitt & Hill shaving cream available at Woody’s Mens Shop, Frontenac, 314.569.3272. Pocket square available at Woody’s Mens Shop, Frontenac, 314.569.3272.
RT by Tateossian tie clip available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003. R. Hanauer suspenders available at Mister Guy, Ladue, 314.692.2003.
From your childhood friend to your frat bro to your co-worker-turned-bestbuds, some of the most important guys in your life will be by your side as you celebrate your last days of singledom (aka, the bachelor party) and make the big leap into husband territory. Thank them for their support (especially during whatever happened in Vegas) with a GQ-perfect suit they’ll be proud to sport at the reception. Who knows? They may return the favor with an appropriate toast.
Traditional A sleek black-and-white combo with a bow tie meshes modern and traditional. Hugo Boss tuxedo, shirt and tie available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.
Casual Whether you opt for khaki, tan or silver-gray, light neutrals complement most any outdoor setting. Calvin Klein tuxedo, Chaplin shirt and tie available at Savvi Formalwear, The Loop, 314.725.2150.
Unique Out-of-the-ordinary separates are suitable when the choice location is equally eclectic. Tallia jacket, Eton shirt and Robert Talbott tie available at Woody’s Mens Shop, Frontenac, 314.569.3272.
Whether your gal pals are “always the bridesmaids” or are playing their first supporting roles, they’re undoubtedly familiar with the getup one must typically wear when they agree to stand behind a bride at an altar. They get it; it’s not their time to shine. Still, vow to be different. Pick bridal party dresses that are equally flattering and fashionable, and consider your friends’ overwhelming approval your “something new.”
Sweetheart A curvy bustline on a strapless dress is less expected and much more
feminine. Simple Silhouettes dress available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191. Moschino Cheap & Chic heels available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800.
Asymmetrical Maxi A one-shouldered dress with an elongated hemline is equal parts sexy and elegant. Vineyard Collection dress available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191. Kate Spade heels available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800.
Bold Embellishments A ruffled neckline takes a typical mini up a dramatic
notch. LulaKate dress available at Bella Bridesmaid, Town & Country, 314.205.1191. Kate Spade heels available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800.
Decades-worn dyed-to-match shoes are likely the culprits for giving bridal party
accoutrements a bad rep. Today, however, brides’ best go-to looks for their best gal pals are a direct reflection of what can be seen on current runways, rather than in ‘80s prom pics. Keep it classic, yet on-trend, by way of pretty pearls and extra-special satin extras by your most beloved designers.
Pearls available at Ylang-Ylang Fine Designer Jewelry, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.5555. By Terry lipstick available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800. Serpui Marie clutch available at Wish Shoes, Ladue, 314.432.0800. Richard Designs hair clip available at Simply Elegant, Downtown, 314.241.8201.
Accessories for the groomsmen
Accessories for the bridesmaids
Attire for the bridesmaids
Accessories for the bridesmaids
Photo credit: Photos by Carmen Troesser