We see a lot of bridal accessories marketed out there. Jewellery, tiaras, veils, sashes, purses, hair adornments, teeny tiny crystals that you can stick on your nails or your face…What I want to know is, where are all the accessories for grooms? Or anyone choosing to wear a suit? How is a market with so much potential not being tapped right now??? It’s 2020, for crying out loud. Gender roles are dead and everyone deserves to feel good in what they’re wearing.
Accessories aren’t just for femmes. If you’re looking for a way to add some unique, personal flair to your wedding outfit, here are ten quick ways to elevate your suit:
Cufflinks. Order some online, buy from a local jeweller, or have them custom-made. Cufflinks are an elegant and subtle way to add a nod to your favourite fandom, your pets, deceased loved ones, or an important date.
Pocket Squares or Handkerchiefs. Feel like you need a little something extra, but don’t want to go overboard? Find a pocket square or handkerchief for your jacket in whatever colour or pattern speaks to you. If you’re having difficulty finding exactly what you’re looking for, these are very easy to make yourself. You could even take fabric from something with sentimental value: the shirt of a deceased loved one, curtains from your first apartment together, your grandparent’s wedding dress, etc.
Decorate your Neck. Ascots, cravats, bow ties, neck ties, bolo ties, and scarves are all excellent ways to do this. Much like pocket squares, a lot of these are easy to DIY with a little bit of sewing practice!
Boutonnières. These aren’t all that uncommon when it comes to wedding suits. They’re popular for a reason! And you’re able to get extremely creative with them- your imagination is the limit! I’ve seen boutonnières made with greenery, wheat, grasses, Lego pieces, vegetables, gaming dice, paper flowers (made from sheet music or the pages of a favourite book)… the list goes on for miles!
Brooches, Pins, or Clips. Too formal? Try a button. If boutonnières don’t sit well with you, but you like the placement, then this might be the perfect idea for you!
Put Something on your Head. Hats, crowns, circlets, tiaras, and diadems are all absolutely STUNNING additions to ANY wedding outfit. There’s something strangely magical about putting something on your head… once you do, your outfit seems to feel incomplete without it. I’m a huge fan of this option, regardless of what else the spouse-to-be is wearing. If you’re still unsure about how these would look with a suit… just Google it. You’ll thank me in five minutes.
Body Chains. A body chain? OVER your clothes? Why not??? These are simple and elegant ways to enhance your outfit. A basic body chain could easily look clean and sophisticated worn over your vest and under your jacket. If you’re looking for something more dramatic, that can be easily accomplished by adding gems, charms, additional links, or “scales” to your body chain.
Sashes. Whether it’s worn across the chest, around the hips, or draped over the arms, sashes are dramatic and versatile accessories. Match the colour or pattern to your suit, your wedding palette, or your partner’s outfit… Or don’t!
A Manicure. A good manicure looks great on everyone, regardless of gender or presentation. Go with something natural, or revel in being over-the-top with length, shape, colours, and crystals. Spas and salons are gradually becoming more gender-neutral places… If you’re concerned about feeling out of place, don’t be afraid to do some research or ask around to find more progressive, LGBTQIA2S+ friendly spas, salons, or estheticians!
Jewellery. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings all look good on everyone. There’s such a wide variety of styles out there that finding something that works with your wedding outfit shouldn’t be hard at all!