Broke-Ass Category: Groomsmen

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Alright guys, let’s be honest, dressing up kinda sucks. There’s all the fussy jackets and ties, not to mention the stiff shoes. Have you ever been to a wedding where the groom and groomsmen looked like kids in their dad’s suits? Yeah, not fun. That’s why it’s important to make sure you dress not only to fit the occasion — whether it’s formal or otherwise — but also to fit your personality. How does one do that, you ask? It’s simply by pulling it all together with the right accessories.

Something like a colorful bowtie, a patterned pocket square, or fun socks can make your outfit look a little more you and make you feel less out of your own element. I’ve picked out some of my favorite men’s suiting accessories with a few tips on how to make each one work.

Ties & Bowties

Duh. This is the most obvious, but there are several ways to tie a tie. Maybe choose a knot that’s more formal, maybe keep it a little loose and casual.
Bonobos Chambray tie
Chambray Tie, $68 at Bonobos

Dot silk tie from J. Crew
Italian Silk Tie, $55 from J. Crew

Yarn-dyed Bowtie from Dessy
Bowtie, $16 from Dessy

Pocket Squares

Word to the wise: Be sure to coordinate with your tie (if you’re wearing one), but it’s better to choose a different pattern. It’s no fun to be all matchy-matchy. Don’t know how to fold one? We’ve got you covered.
Satin Pocket Square from Dessy
Satin Pocket Square, $10 from Dessy

Polka dot pocket square from Bonobos
Polka Dot Pocket Square, $55 from Bonobos


This is hands-down one of my favorites. It’s better to get a good, quality pair so the clips don’t slip.
Black suspenders from Men's Wearhouse
Black Silk Suspenders, $35 from Men’s Wearhouse


I love seeing a groom in some amazing socks. It’s a great way to wear some color subtly.
Paisley socks from Happy Socks
Paisley Socks, $12 from Happy Socks

Multi argyle socks from Happy Socks
Multi Argyle Socks, $12 from Happy Socks


From a formal top hat to an askew fedora, a hat adds a bit of personality and makes a really sharp appearance.
Felt Fedora from Old Navy
Felt Fedora, $23 from Old Navy


An unexpected option, but, if done right, gives your suiting a classy edge.
Banana Republic Sunglasses
Johnny Sunglasses, $98 from Banana Republic

Small Accessories

Tie bars, pins, and cuff links are the small details that give a suit polish.
Silver cuff links from Banana Republic
Silver Knot Cuff Links, $39 from Banana Republic

Gold tie bar from J. Crew
Gold Tie Bar, $49.50 from J. Crew

What do you think, broke-asses? How are you pulling your wedding day look together?

  • 11/6

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    Alright grooms, step aside — this one’s for the Best Man.

    The day of the wedding is a big day for your bestie, so make sure something small doesn’t fuck it all up. He’ll thank you for life if you take all the right measures and plan it out properly. Trust me, I’ve been in a lot of weddings and you’d be amazed the things people forget. Can you imagine forgetting socks? SOCKS! Yes, I’ve had to send a groomsman to Target for socks. And you know what? They still talk about it.

    Below is a list of eight things you should be sure you bring for your groom:

    Etsy Coldfeet Socks Groom : Best Man SocksVia Etsy seller ColdFeetSocks

    Extra pair of socks: Do I need to retell the story?
    Pins: This is for boutonnieres. I swear every wedding I go to they run out of pins for some reason.
    Etsy BeadsForYourJewelry Corsage PinsVia Etsy seller BeadsforyourJewelry

    Know how to tie a tie and bowtie: Be a goddamn adult already! Know how to tie a tie and a bowtie. Any guys wearing a pocket square? We got you covered on that one.

    Reba and Andy Wedding

    Image: Alison Yin

    Handkerchief: For all the, ahem, allergies. Tissues are fine, but a handkerchief is baller as fuck.
    FOOD: Make sure he eats! Cater something, bring granola bars, whatever.
    Mints: I mean, duh.
    ernest alexander dopp kit
    Dopp Kit: This has all your grooming basics, like shaving items, face wash, a comb, etc. It’s always good to have an extra set of toiletries — someone’s bound to forget something. I really like this one from Ernest Alexander.
    The ring: FOR GOD-FUCKING-SAKE don’t forget the ring.

    Also, if the groom is a drinker, try to keep him from drinking a shit-ton the night before. If he is, you should just bring some Gatorade and a giant jug of water. Just sayin’.

    Anything you recommend to prepare groomsmen for wedding day? Any horror stories you have to share? Tell us in the comments (we love hearing ‘em).

  • 10/9

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    Credit: Amy Shea for Imaginative Studios The groomsmen, you chose them for a reason. They've helped you through some rough spots and they make sure you're gloriously plastered for every birthday. When it comes to your wedding, they're the ones that are gonna help get you through all the stress and help make it a great day. So, you should properly thank them with an…

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    It’s October, which means that our wedding is between 5 and 6 months away (it’s like 5 months and 12 days but who’s counting?). I've officially begun to freak out, because we have SO.MUCH.LEFT.TO.DO. We spent September being lazy, but now we have to kick it back into high gear to get back on track. What do we have to do? Oh just a few…

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    *This post is brought to you by our friends at Menguin. BABs, lets be real: Wrangling guys and outfits can often be kind of a pain. Sure, some dudes dig dressing up, but certainly not all do. Add in measurements, try-ons, tailoring ... it's easy to see why the task of finding a wedding suit would be one that continually gets put off. I mean,…

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    Oh, how naive I was to think I could cruise through these 8 months of wedding planning without any drama. And, much to my surprise, all this drama came from the groom's side! You don't hear that very often, do you? Made with PicMonkey Back in December when we got engaged, Bryce's best friend from childhood, Ron, was back in their hometown of Greensboro. Ron…

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    Photo courtesy of Fleet Transportation Dear Heather, Is there a good way for saving on transportation for the wedding party to get to the venue? Our ceremony and reception are all in the same spot, and we just need pick up and drop off, really, but it looks like limo services don't typically offer pick-up/drop off. It would be a waste (and super expensive) to…

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