If you’re a stylish men, you wouldn’t want to look like you’re going to the office every time you wear a suit for a non-office special occasion. As a male wedding guest or groom, you should wear a proper-fit occasion-style suit, not an office-style suit.
Let’s show you photos of the latest and popular men’s suit cuts, with dressing tips for the dapper man. In this post, you’ll get to know the 3 types of suit cuts and how to know the best one to buy, with tips to help you get the perfect-fit suit for your body type.
This is a long post with photos of different wedding-ready suits, and so you need to read to the end so that you don’t miss an important tip. Swipe/ scroll down to see 15 photos of the latest men’s suits suitable for weddings and occasions. Now, let’s dive right into it…
8 Types of Modern Wedding Suits and 15 Styles Popular with Nigerian Grooms (Photos with Styling Tips)
1. Three-Piece Suit for Wedding in Solid Plain Colour
STYLE NOTES: A 3-piece suit is similar to a two-piece suit, but in this case, it includes a waistcoat (also known as a vest). That is, it has trousers, a jacket, and a waistcoat.
If you desire to look stylishly different without extra cost, a 3-piece suit offers you the perfect option to switch up your looks and still look polished.
Wear the full ensemble during the church (religious) or court wedding ceremony. Later, unbutton the outer suit jacket to reveal the waistcoat. During the reception, switch up into a casual vibe and get ready to dance by taking off the suit jacket.
2. White Tuxedo Jacket or Dinner Jacket for Wedding
STYLE NOTES: The white tuxedo jacket or dinner jacket on black trousers is another top favourite of Nigerian grooms, as observed by our trend spotters. Usually, this wedding suit style is accessorized with a black bow tie and black pocket-square.
The addition of contrasting coloured accessories make this suit style pop and makes the groom attire interesting. Some grooms tweak this white tux or white dinner jacket style by opting for black lapels (instead of white lapels); an example we see is a white dinner jacket with black lapels.
HINT: Most big hotel waiters wear the white suit jacket as their uniforms, and you won’t want someone to mistake you for a hotel waiter (that is if your wedding venue is at a hotel). Don’t worry, there is a way to make your white tuxedo or white dinner jacket styling look different and posh.
So, if you are thinking of going for this style, be sure to elevate your attire with a few suit accessories. Ensure to read to the end of this long post to see the section where I covered the types of men’s suit accessories and how to use them to look stylishly different when wearing a suit.
3. Two-Piece Suit for Wedding in Plain, Solid Colour
STYLE NOTES: A 2-piece suit comes with a jacket and a pair of trousers in the same material and colour. Popular men’s wedding suits in Nigeria are solid, plain colour – no patterns or designs on the fabric.
4. Morning Suits and Tail Coats
5. Print or Floral Jacquard Suit Jacket for Wedding
6. Tuxedo for Wedding
Traditionally, tuxedos had to be either in black or midnight blue colour. The black tuxedo is a favourite among Nigerian grooms. Usually, tuxedo shirts are white but sometimes other colours are worn under the tux jacket.
The white tuxedo shirt is the favourite of Nigerian grooms and groomsmen. For more tuxedo styling tips and the difference between a tuxedo and suit, read to the end of this post, and click to the next page.
7. Checked Men’s Suit Style for Wedding
8. Mix and Match Men’s Suit Style for Wedding
Another wedding suit style we spot with Nigerian grooms is the wearing of suit separates. That involves wearing the jacket of a different suit with the trousers of another suit.
We’ve spotted this suit style on some Nigerian grooms, but not many. Nigerian grooms like to look ‘extra’ and well put-together, which mix and match suits style fail to deliver.
In this style, the groom opts to pair non-matching trousers and suit jackets that have different colours and sometimes are of different fabrics. We’ve seen this suit styling done right and we’ve also seen it done wrongly, which makes the entire dressing look scattered and disturbing to the eyes.
Pulling off this suit style successfully requires confidence and an eye for harmonizing different colours to look appealing.
Unless you absolutely know what you’re doing and have in the past successfully experimenting with mixing and matching separate colours of suits and jackets, we advise that you don’t go for this style.
Mix and match suits look casual at weddings. Ask yourself if you really want to look casual standing beside your bride who would be decked in a sophisticated wedding gown? This is a very daring suit style.
EXTRA SUIT STYLING TIPS FOR GROOMS & GROOMSMEN
Many Nigerian brides are over-the-moon excited about their wedding gown and put as much effort into finding the best wedding dress. It’s not the same story for many grooms in Nigeria (some try, though). Some men casually say it’s the woman’s day and their duty (as the groom) is just to show up with just any suit and tie. Really?
We think that if you’ll be standing beside your bride who’s wearing an expensive and gorgeous dress, you too should be stylishly dressed for the occasion. Let’s show you how to dress with elegance for your white wedding.
Unlike women who have different dress styles to play with, men wear suits to work, to meetings and to special occasions, and as a result, many Nigerian men struggle with pulling different looks in similar-looking suits for different events or places.
How do you avoid looking nerdy in suits when the event is a social one? Your goal should be to look sleek in a suit. Every man who is a wedding guest or has another type of special occasion to attend feels the urge to look his best and show off his sense of style.
Similarly, every groom feels that his wedding day attire is special and requires a well-fitted suit and tie, and a few accessories details that will make him look polished and put-together, and not like he is wearing a regular office suit. Does that sound like you?
To stand out on your special occasion suits and not look like you’re dressed up for work (as per suits are also office dressing), it’s the small details that make a big difference in your look.
Pay attention to details like a pocket square (pocket handkerchief), boutonniere, the quality of belt and shoes you wear, the quality of shirt you wear inside, ditching the belt and throwing in suspenders for that edgy look when you unbutton or take off the suit.
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Wrapup: The Best Wedding Suit Ideas for Men
As a wedding guest or groom or one of the groomsmen, the secret to looking sleek and sharp in suits is proper fitting, which is all about having your suit looking right (not too big, not too small), and not having some parts of the suit not looking smooth.
Finally, remember that when buying your wedding suits, what really matters is getting the proper fit and the right size. Even a super expensive designer suit that does not fit properly will look super cheap on the body.
So, it’s not about how much your suit costs but how well your suit looks on you, and the tiny little suit accessories that add extra posh-ness to your look.
RECAP: In this post, I touched on wedding suit types and the tiny details that will make you stand out at a wedding ceremony and reception either as the groom, groomsman or male wedding guest.
I also covered answers to questions like what are the popular wedding suit styles for Nigerian men, essential tips for getting the perfect-fit suit for your body, the 3 types of suit cuts and how to know the one to buy, plus more men’s sharp-dressing ideas.
I included 15 pictures of the latest men’s special occasion suits, showing stylish grooms, groomsmen, and male wedding guests. On top of that, I provided suit styling tips to help you look sharp on your wedding day or to any occasion, and most importantly, learn how to choose the perfect-fit men’s suit for your body type.
So, there you have it on our suits and wedding suit shopping tips for Nigerian grooms, male wedding guests and generally for every man that likes sleek dressing.
Now you have a checklist of the 5 wedding suit style essentials to look out for when shopping, the little details and suit accessories that will make you stand out and how to get the perfectly-fit men’s wedding suit for your Nigerian wedding.
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Now, I’d like to hear from you. What’s your groom style from the 8 wedding suit styling ideas discussed above? How are you planning to dress at your wedding as a groom or what’s the best groom style idea you have seen at Nigerian weddings?
What style and colour of men’s wedding suit is your favourite and which of the above suit accessories are your must-have and which ones do you think you don’t care about? Comment below to share your thoughts and let’s get the discussion going.