Broke-Ass Category: The Groom


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Alright grooms, I’m gonna give you a quick and dirty lesson about your shirting. Don’t worry — it’s not gonna be that brutal. However, before we get into styling, it’s important to note a few key things when the shopping for the right shirt, especially when it comes to a wedding. And while it may seem that shirts can run on the spendy side, menswear is very much an investment — a quality piece will be sure to last you quite some time and will be re-wearable for a number of different occasions.

J. Crew Bib Tuxedo Shirt
Crosby Pique Bib Tuxedo Shirt, $98 at J. Crew

As always, make sure you’re going to be more on the end of formal or casual. If you’re wearing a tux, you might want to think about a tux shirt (though you don’t necessarily have to). You may also want to consider a French cuff shirt if you’re going formal, and that then gets you into styled cufflinks, which can be a fun accent. No matter the formality, you’ll definitely want to make sure you find a shirt that’s well-tailored and fits your body just right.

French Cuff Shirt
Joseph & Feiss White Solid Classic Fit Dress Shirt, $19.99 (on clearance) at Mens Wearhouse

Sapphire Cuff Links
Sapphire Pinwheel Cufflink, $20 from The Tie Bar

Okay, now for the important part: How to wear it. First off, always make sure you iron it. Seriously, it only takes a couple minutes and it makes a world of difference. Another thing to remember is the collar stays. These are those little plastic inserts that keep the points of your collar, well, pointy.

Metal Collar Stays
Metal Collar Stays, $5 per pair from The Tie Bar

As far as having the sleeves rolled up and the top button buttoned, that depends, yet again, on the formality and what’s most comfortable for you. If you’re wearing some sort of tie, more than likely you’re gonna want to be buttoned all the way up.

Stylist Tip: Full sleeve length should always be just below the wrist. If it falls just about an eighth of an inch out of a blazer sleeve, that’s perfect.

Choosing a color or pattern is strictly up to you. Mostly, that’s going to be determined by the wedding colors, formality, suits style, etc. There is an endless array of options out there to choose from, and tons of retailers who have their own selections. Below, I’ve posted a few affordable shirt options from some men’s shops you can check out, along with some higher-end pieces for those of us with luxe taste.

Banana Republic Gingham Shirt
Slim Fit Gingham Twill Shirt, $80 from Banana Republic

Joseph Abboud Button Up Shirt
Joseph Abboud Classic Fit Shirt, $90 from Mens Wearhouse

Hugo Boss Purple Striped Button Up
Hugo Boss Trim Fit Shirt, $145 from Nordstrom

Alright guys, that’s what’s up with button-up shirts. There’s a lot out there, but just remember these three things: tailoring, fit and style. There are a bevy of options, but really all that is just personal preference. Do you have places you shop at for your suit items? Share with us in the comments below!

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    It’s no wonder these distant islands are a popular trip destination; it’s always beautiful, the climate is fairly temperate year round, and there’s TONS to do! When you’re packing for your Hawaii honeymoon, be sure to consider all the activities you’ll be doing. Bring appropriate footwear, outerwear, and swimwear. And as always, I recommend bringing at least one outfit that’s dressy enough for a nice dinner. Here’s what I’d put in my suitcase:

    Swim Trunks
    Swim Trunks, $25 from Old Navy

    Swim trunks, of course, are a necessity in Hawaii. Whether stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling or just lounging on the beach, they’re a near-daily must-have.

    L L Bean Hiking Shoes
    Hiking shoes, $65 from L.L. Bean

    Regardless of the island you jet off to, some solid, ventilated hiking shoes are a must — some of the very best views of the Emerald Isle can only be glimpsed after a hearty trek.

    Old Navy Flip Flops
    Sandals, $20 from Old Navy

    Does this really need to be said? No one likes sand in their shoes and flip-flops are synonymous with island life.

    Banana Republic Sunglasses
    Sunglasses, $98 from Banana Republic

    Don’t burn those peepers! These bad boys are stylish and functional, so a totes win-win.

    J Crew Panama Hat
    Panama Hat, $58 from J. Crew

    Sure, you want to soak up a tan, but be careful! Protect that handsome mug with a dapper Panama hat that can easily transition from the beach during the day to a nice candlelit meal.

    Dessy Seersucker Blazer
    Casual Blazer, $159 from Dessy

    Unless you’re going 100% rugged and off the grid, chances are you’ll find yourself dining at a chic restaurant or two while on your honeymoon. A casual yet smart blazer will help you pull it all together.

    Gap Drawstring Shorts
    Drawstring Shorts, $40 from GAP

    One may have the tendency to over-indulge on their honeymoon. Drawstring shorts still look sharp while providing a little extra wiggle room for that food baby.

    Old Navy Backpack
    Backpack, $37 from Old Navy

    Perfect for day trips and works great as a carry-on.

    G Shock Sport Watch
    Waterproof Watch, $99 from Nordstrom

    Make sure you don’t miss your zip-lining experience or those dinner ressies because you’re too engrossed in snorkeling with turtles. This waterproof watch will keep you punctual while still looking good.

    These essentials should help you get through nearly any adventure your Hawaiian honeymoon could throw at you!

    Where are you headed for post-nuptial bliss? Need help packing? Holler at us in the comments!

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    Flower 6

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    Combatant Gentlemen slim suit

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    Jumping Groomsmen

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