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Being a writer for fashion and trying to run a small business can be a dangerous mix of business and pleasure. So I try to get outside of my "work box" and blog about things I love to keep my momentum going. My latest craze has to do with trends, especially since I am seeing SO many coming across my desk for 2013 (for weddings and prom in particular). So, here's my outlet...
While menswear doesn't often take the spotlight, there are important design trends subtly working behind the scenes to make our men look just as stylish and refined as we brides on the big day. Just like ladies' wear, trends come and go for men, and this year, a few fads faded in place of more updated looks.
Here are three fads that faded for menswear this year: (May they rest in peace.)
The Penguin Look
A black-and-white tux was once the standard look for a groom on his wedding day. However, the monochromatic penguin look has been given over in favor of pops of bold color, either in the accessories like the vest or tie, or in the boutonniere.
Some particularly bold grooms are even getting away with wearing full-color suits or shirts with bright patterns.
Some men used to see their wedding day as an opportunity to dress up like Rhett Butler -- or even just a butler in an old-timey movie. Modern grooms are giving up that look for more casual styles that reflect their personalities. Shorter coats, blazers, and even suit jackets are coming in to vogue instead.
Vests and Bowties
Like the other formal elements that have fallen out of favor, vests and bowties (ESPECIALLY this one) are falling out of style. Brides may still love the vests for being matchy matchy with the bridesmaids, but many couples are giving them up in favor of a tailored suit that better reflects the groom's personal style.
Which of these fads are you happy to see go this year? Or will you be trying to hold on to them to make a revival at your wedding?