Today’s guest post comes to us from Jatin V of Montagio Custom Tailoring, based in Sydney, Australia! Enjoy:

The wedding tuxedo holds a hallowed place in the formal wear hall of fame. It is the go-to option when a bride and groom are looking for that ultra-formal and forever classy look. But does it have to be so uniform in style and shape? Well, the short answer is no, but finding an alternative option isn’t always that easy. So unless you want to look back in years to come on a wedding album that’s more like a prom book, take our advice and read on.

When it all Began

The origins of the most formal piece of menswear date back to the late 1800s when a wealthy tobacconist had the regular tails worn at formal events shortened for his annual ball held in Tuxedo Park. The social elite followed suit (pardon the pun) and the tuxedo was born. Throughout the years to come, fashion trends have come and go, but the tuxedo refuses to be pushed aside.

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Stand out from the Waddle

Often known as a penguin suit it’s easy to imagine how the rigid adherence to black and white might make a group of tuxedo donning men resemble a waddle of penguins. And it is this very reason that made us first question why black and white is the often considered the only option for your wedding day. So here are some of our favorite alternatives.

The Country Gent

Don’t restrict yourself to a single color. Mixing and matching is quite chic in the world of suiting right now so who’s to say you can’t do the same with your tux? A grey tweed-style dinner jacket is a classy addition to your wedding outfit that is sure to be remembered in all the right ways. It may not be the 007 look you are used to, but we can still imagine Sean Connery (the best Bond ever) rocking this gentlemanly look.

In the Navy

Navy in all of it various shades and hues is the ‘in’ color in men’s formal and casual suiting this year so why not take the most fashionable color and incorporate it into your wedding outfit. A midnight blue tuxedo may look black from afar but it is a truly subtle statement in style that certainly won’t go unnoticed.

Switch it up

As we said earlier, black and white is considered the norm but when you switch it up like in the picture below, you can conjure up an extremely individual look. White dinner jackets aren’t exactly new on the scene but finishing touches such as black satin lapels and a black pocket square add a new dimension to this simple tuxedo.

Add Contrasting Finishes

Now while this might seem like an extension of our previous idea, it’s actually a little more than simply using contrasting colors on lapels. If you look at the example below you’ll see that it’s the outer edge of the lapels and the finishes on the breast pocket and front pockets that really make this jacket pop. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, you can go all out and have the buttons match these added flourishes.

So don’t be hedged in by conformity and try thinking outside that box that is the traditional tuxedo. Just remember, whatever style or color you choose, this is the most important day of your lives, and as such, you want to be 100% certain that both of you are satisfied with the style choices made. And when in doubt just imagine what that wedding album will look like in 30 years.

Jatin V is the creative director for Montagio Custom Tailoring based in Sydney Australia. A lover of all things formal, Jatin has worked with many husbands-to-be over the years to create some truly individual groom’s suits and wedding tuxedos.