Tailor-Made: A Guide to Men’s Wedding Fashion By Sheria Ngowi Monthly Special

When it comes to wedding fashion, the brides’ and their elaborate, white dresses usually take front seat. But what about the men? In an attempt to gain insight into the latest trends for grooms, WHiD spoke to Sheria Ngowi: internationally acclaimed fashion designer and the winner of ‘Best Menswear Designer of the Year- East & Central Africa’ at Swahili Fashion Week 2012 and 2014.

Weddings in Tanzania

Sheria Ngowi notes that “Tanzanian & African wedding traditions are centuries old.” He adds that “although the current wedding traditions have westernized to some extent, a lot of these traditional African weddings are still carried out today. If people do not go back to their villages to perform the traditional wedding customs, they still replicate elements of the traditional African wedding that is practiced in their tribe, whether they are in a metropolitan area of Africa or abroad.”

Wedding Formals for Men

Sheria, who has a rich experience in designing wedding formals for men, explains that “When it comes to wedding formal wear for grooms and their groomsmen, most of the time, the bridal gown sets the standard of formality for their wedding fashion. If the bridal dress is formal, theirs should be too. Alternatively, the timing of the event also determines the groom’s formals. If you are planning a daytime wedding, the men in your wedding party can be more casually attired and vice versa.”

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Speaking about the modern fashion of tuxedos and formal wear, Sheria says that “Despite the stereotype that most of us have when it comes men’s formals, today’s tuxedos aren’t usually stiff, tight or uncomfortable. They come in a range of fabrics and designs that breathe, drape well and allow easy movement. Although, you can get tuxedos in several colours, including white and grey, traditional black is always in style and remains the dominant choice for wedding fashion.”

Sheria’s Guide to Wedding Formal Trends

We asked Sheria about the current trends grooms should consider while planning their wedding outfits. He suggested:

The Suit: Variations in tuxedo fashion can include double-breasted designs, jacket vents, pocket and button numbers, multi-layered lapels, and formal tails. There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to formal wear for your wedding, and it truly comes down to your personal preferences.

The Accessories: Once you have decided on the suit, you should consider the many formal wear accessories that exist. These small details create impact and set your groom’s overall style. Accessories can include ties, vests, cummerbunds, shoes and jewellery. Vests have overtaken cummerbunds in popularity because they don’t ride up one’s waist. A growing trend in wedding formal wear is the full-backed vest, which allows the groom to remove his jacket at the wedding reception while still looking well dressed.

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