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Bye Bye, After Six?

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Yes, After Six, the tux rental giant has fallen… again. This is actually the third time since 1993 that the company has gone under and its name has come up for grabs.

Multiple changes in leadership and direction have failed to keep the company afloat, however. And why is this? Some point to corporate greed that drove manufacturing overseas decreasing flexibility, others to lack of fashion savvy on the part of the last few owners resulting in design doldrums on an epic scale, still others to the trend away from tux rentals and toward less formal attire for men at the altar. Perhaps it’s all three. Perhaps there’s another reason. I’m not a business major, and I’m not intimately acquainted with the situation at hand.

We’ll see who – if anyone – picks up this ball and runs with it. If they do, I wish them the very best of luck. This is not an easy time for tux rentals, what with the economy in the dumpster and a lot of couples either scaling down their wedding plans or putting them off for more fiscally optimistic days.

It is, however, kind of odd to me to think of a world without After Six.

For Guys Who Want More Than Roses

A rose on the groom’s lapel? *Yawn* No, for real, if roses float your boat, then awesome. But if your groom and the groomsmen are bummed that there aren’t that many ways to express oneself in a suit or tux, you should definitely check out the fun and original boutonnieres at Fritts Rosenow Bespoke Boutonnieres.

These are just some ideas to get your mind racing – and who knew that boutonnieres could be so creative? Fritts Rosenow Bespoke Boutonnieres will create a set of custom boutonnieres based on just about anything… gambling, Star Wars, boating, you name it!

Not Your Everyday Wedding Wear

Looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding veil? You could do like the ladies of Bourg en Bresse in France once did and, er, wear a lampshade on your head.

…I also think I see some wedding wear ideas for the groom who would describe himself as a “creative type.” (via)

To Tux or Not to Tux

It used to be easy to know what – more or less – a bride and groom would wear at a formal wedding. The bride would wear a white or ivory gown and a veil. The groom would wear the rented formalwear appropriate to the time of day and level of formality.

For a daytime ceremony, one wore a morning suit:

After five pm, a tuxedo was the way to go:

And for ultra-formal, there was always white tie and tails:

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LOVE/HATE: The Many-Colored Man Edition

The classic tuxedo for grooms can be described many ways. Subdued, serious, masculine, black, perhaps white… or not. Tuxedos come in many colors, from purple to red to green to blue. The colored tuxedo is an unusual choice and perhaps not the best one.

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Note that the tuxedo pictured above — from Band Of Outsiders, Inc. — is not representative of all colored tuxedos. And of course, as in this photo, a too-short jacket and too-short pants will make you look like an ass no matter what color your tuxedo is. Oh, and if you do go for a colored tux, choose your cut and hue very carefully lest you end up looking like a pimp or a waiter or a member of a barber shop quartet or one of those fellows who wear fezzes and drive around in tiny little cars.

I’m leaning toward hate on this one, except in the case of the quirkiest, most outrageous weddings. To put it another way, a colored tuxedo could be amazing at the right wedding. A wedding that goes all the way and then some, maybe. But at a traditional wedding? No, thanks!

What say you?

When Life’s a Beach, Dress for It

Beach weddings are hugely popular. There’s a good reason for this. What could be more festive than sun, sand, blue water, and a big party?

But if a beach wedding is popular, it’s also a bit tricky when it comes to clothes. After all, traditional wedding clothes are all about pomp and circumstance, while beaches are all about relaxing. Yes, you could get married in swimwear. There’s no law against it. You could get married in a strapless, satin, beaded gown with a cathedral train and a big hoop.

There is, however, a path down the middle that makes for a pretty, dignified, fun, festive day and an album full of fabulous pictures. Here are a few tips on choosing just the right look for your big day on the beach.

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And the Bride Wore…All Stars?

This post in honor of De’s best friend, whose groom vetoed her bridal Chucks idea. After reading De’s comment, I couldn’t stop myself from finding pics of wedding parties who opted to wear Converse over dress shoes. I’m not saying that I’m pro bridal sneakers — especially when they’re the platform kind that look like they’ve contracted a plague of rhinestones — but I count myself in the pro All Stars camp.

Seriously, how cute is this snapshot by photog Katy Regnier? From what I can tell, the bride was the only one cool enough for Converse…and purple ones, at that!

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