Get groom suit ideas from our experts to perfectly match the vibe of your big day, plus advice on choosing the best groom outfits for your wedding style
If you’ve decided a tuxedo is too formal for the wedding you and your partner are planning, that narrows the field to suits. But don’t settle for the first groom suit you see. Below, we’ll provide the guidance to help you pick the perfect suit for your big day. Get started by choosing a suit color, or the season or vibe—formal or casual—of your wedding, and we’ll show you the best groom suits for your big day.
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Grey Groom Suits
With so many shades of grey, you’ll have no trouble finding the right groom suit no matter the season or time of day of your wedding. Plus, grey suits can be dressed up or down for almost any dress code. Let’s dial up the perfect shade of grey for your wedding.
Light Grey Suit
A light grey groom suit is a smart choice for a spring or summer wedding, and especially a casual daytime wedding. The light grey color will keep the groom cooler than darker shades (like charcoal or navy). It’s also neutral, so you don’t have to worry about a clashing situation.
Medium grey suits are all about versatility—they match everything, so you can accessorize a grey groom suit for a formal wedding and dress it down for a more casual groom outfit. Seasonally, this suit is at its best in the fall (the grey fabric complements warm colors well), but it can really work anytime of year, and anytime of day.
The dark fabric of a charcoal suit means it’s well suited (nailed the pun) for fall and winter weddings, or any wedding that starts in the evening. If that’s your plan, or if you’re leaning toward a formal wedding, this could be the groom suit for you. Or, if you’re looking for a stoic look, charcoal has a vintage vibe and seriousness to it that you don’t get with the lighter shades of grey.
Maybe you’ve noticed that the lighter the color the more casual the suit, while darker suits tend to be more formal. Ultimately, the accessories you choose will dictate how formal the groom outfit looks, and if you’re planning a casual wedding, a charcoal groom suit is still totally fair game.
Blue Groom Suits
Blue or navy groom suits are the best choice for a colorful look. Shades of blue tend to punch up the colors you pair with them, bringing out the best in your tie, pocket square, or even the dress shirt you choose.
The blue suit is modern and bold—a smart choice for an evening wedding in the spring or summer. In the fall, you can get away with blue during the day, but probably skip the vest—you never know how the temps will look like in late September. This is a casual groom suit, so read on if you’re looking for something formal in the blue family.
Classic navy groom suits feature a dark fabric that works well for summer, fall, and winter evening weddings. You can also wear navy for a daytime wedding in the winter—the darker color is safer on a chilly day than a hot one. Compared other dark suits, navy will soften your look the most with its deep blue tones. Dress it up with black and white accessories or a bow tie, or dress it down with a little more color for a casual look.
Black Groom Suits
Black suits are the most formal groom suit option. Small (but significant) details are all that separate black suits from tuxedos, and you can’t really wear them interchangeably. That said, there’s certainly and time and place for this groom outfit.
Black suits are a little edgy, and bring a lot of personality to an evening wedding, or vows in the fall or winter. If you decide a black suit is the way you want to go, try to work in a little more color than basic black and white—unless you’re going for a Blues Brothers, Reservoir Dogs vibe.
Tan Groom Suits
Neutral suit colors can be a blank canvas or carry your groom outfit on their own. Either way, grey doesn’t always own this category, especially if you want a warm palette. When that’s the case, look to tan.
The tan suit is relatively casual, so it’s a good bet for daytime. While you wouldn’t choose a tan suit for a formal wedding, a tan groom suit might fit the vibe perfectly for vows on a tropical beach (or in a rustic barn, or at the base of a mountain).
Spring & Summer Groom Outfits
We’re talking flowers and sunshine, people. Spring is all about bright, bold color. Our spring groom suit recommendations fit into this equation in different ways. Summer is a slightly different beast, but the best groom outfits for each of these seasons tend to be brighter or lighter in hue.
This is a colorful suit, which means you can (and probably should) use a little more restraint with your accessories. Pull together a monochromatic look with navy, light blue, and brown, or add a pop of color with a bold necktie on a crisp white dress shirt.
Light Grey Suit
Looking to pack your look with a lot of color? This is your suit. The light grey fabric provides a blank canvas, and no color family is off-limits. In the spring, pastels are an especially good match for light grey (think pink instead of red, light blue instead of royal).
The tan suit does most of its work during the summer, and it’s practically the unofficial mascot of beach weddings. Tan groom suits bring out the color in your outfit, so go ahead and get crazy with that pocket square, you maniac.
Fall & Winter Groom Outfits
Fall is a tricky season because it’s really anybody’s guess whether your big day will be a scorcher or frosty. If you’re not a meteorologist, mitigate some of this seasonal uncertainty by planning on a vest, and ditch the thing if it’s hot. Winter is simple—just stick to darker colors.
You could wear a medium grey suit in the spring or summer and look (and feel) great, but this grey works especially well with fall and winter colors and textures, like this knit tie. The grey suit isn’t too dark, so a solid groom outfit choice for a toasty fall day.
For fall weddings that start in the evening, navy is the perfect groom suit. In the winter, you can get away with navy’s dark color day or night. It’s a little more formal than a grey suit, but it’s easy to accessorize a navy suit for a low-key look.
Tone down the formal feel of a charcoal groom suit by wearing a necktie rather than a bow tie. Oddly enough, adding a vest can make this suit feel a little more approachable. Otherwise, black and white accessories (like a bow tie and pocket square) will bump this suit up into the black tie optional dress code category.
We recommend the black suit for chilly months, because it’s unlikely you’re planning an outdoor winter wedding. A full black suit in the dead of summer is a no-go for most of us humans. Soften a black suit’s impact with accessories in muted colors, and even brown shoes.
Casual Groom Suit Ideas
If you don’t wear suits often, “casual” and “suit” might seem like opposing universes, like Marvel and DC. The difference between a formal navy suit and a casual blue suit is actually pretty simple: one is darker, and therefore more formal, than the other.
Your groom style should match your wedding style, and certain colors will convey how formal or casual your wedding style is. Suits on the lighter side of the spectrum, like tan, light grey, and even a medium grey suit, are best for casual events. Blue suits are also a great choice because of the color and personality a blue suit brings to your look.
Tan Suit Ideas
Think beaches, the countryside, the desert—so, casual. In fact, the tan suit was voted most likely to be worn without a tie or socks, according to a fake poll I just made up. (Related: Whether you wear socks or not, always wear shoes to any wedding, but especially your wedding.)
Light Grey Suit Ideas
The light grey groom suits are almost as laidback as tan. It’s hard to find a better match for a whimsical spring wedding (if you’re into whimsy), and these suits work equally well for casual daytime, warm-weather weddings.
Blue Suit Ideas
For a low-effort way to add personality to your look, choose a blue groom suit. The fabric’s rich color complements bold and low-key accessories alike. The blue suit is ideal for any casual wedding in the late afternoon or early evening.
Grey Suit Ideas
Probably the surest bet of any casual suit on our list is the grey suit, in a nice medium grey hue. Grey matches up with whatever color combos you throw at it, and works especially well for casual evening weddings. It’s an understated choice for a groom suit, but that can be a good thing.
Formal Groom Suit Ideas
Maybe you’re planning a traditional wedding with a classic, old-school feel, but you’re not sure a tuxedo will fit your vibe. That’s fine—you can dial in a timeless look with these formal groom suit ideas.
Grey Suit Ideas
Yup, grey can do it all. Take a grey groom suit into formal territory by wearing black shoes and a bow tie, or a necktie and vest. Grey is a good suit color for a formal daytime ceremony.
Navy Suit Ideas
The navy groom suit plays well with color, but if you’re looking for a formal, traditional suit, you’ll probably keep the colors of your accessories muted anyway. The fabric color keeps a formal look interesting without going too bold—the same reason midnight blue tuxedos are such a popular alternative to the classic black tux.
Charcoal Suit Ideas
This suit provides that serious black and white vibe, but the fabric offers some visual texture that softens the way your whole outfit looks together. Keep playing off that texture with your accessories—try a wool or linen tie rather than silk or satin, or a matte leather lace-up rather than shiny patent leather shoes.
Black Suit Ideas
This is the most formal of groom suit ideas, and while you wouldn’t typically dress a black groom suit up with a lot of colorful accessories for a formal wedding, the black and white look is dramatic and striking. Johnny Cash knew what he was doing, and so do you.
Better Suits for the Groom (and the Crew)
Creating the perfect groom outfit for your wedding isn’t all about how you look—you should feel good, too. Will you feel confident? Relaxed? Would a cheap rental suit make you feel good?
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