James Bond
According to Brad Deaton, of The Men’s Store at Saks Fifth Avenue, a classic tux never goes out of style and a well-fitted tuxedo should be part of any guy’s calling card attending events.

“When you are dressing up for an event such as your wedding, you still always want to be comfortable and you always want to show your own individual style, so the traditional Shawl Lapel tuxedo will keep it pretty much classic, giving you the opportunity to be that James Bond character you always wanted to be by adding flare with your tie, vest and accessory selections,” said.

“The Shawl tux is perfect for the modern groom who is likely to need his black-tie apparel for events years beyond his wedding.”

This tux includes an Ermenegildo Zegna French cuff pique tux shirt, David Donahue sterling and onyx cuff and stud set, Robert Talbott Protocol cummerbund and bow tie in black satin, and a Saks white silk pocket square.

Saks Fifth Avenue
Triangle Town Center, Raleigh
(919) 792-9100

Joseph Abboud Black on Black vertical pinstripe with eggplant colored accessories is a vibrant and very popular choice with grooms, according to Denise Maeyaert, manager of Savvi Formalwear in Raleigh.

Savvi Formalwear
6212 Glenwood Ave. Suite 106, Raleigh
(919) 783-8911

Destination Suits
With more couples choosing to have their wedding at a tropical vacation destination, sand colored suits have become more popular, says Keith Smith, general manager at Bernard’s Formalwear in Durham.
Destination weddings offer more casual backdrops, and grooms are looking for a less formal suit with a lightweight fabric, in colors like sand and khaki. This After Six Riviera suit in sand with a blue striped tie and matching handkerchief is a great example of a suit popular with couples having a wedding outside at a vacation spot.
Less emphasis on black, wool tuxes and manufacturers are responding with more lightweight soft materials, less satin on the jacket.
Bernard’s Formalwear
734 Ninth St., Durham
(919) 286-3633

The color choice of gray is becoming more commonplace with grooms, according to Aaron Gilmore, district store manager for Cape Fear Formal Wear in Cameron Village. This Calvin Klein dark gray three-piece suit with a satin trim is paired with a citron solid satin tie to reflect a popular color choice with bridal parties.

Gilmore said the grey suit in the crisscross pattern gives it a nice texture and is a popular look. Cape Fear has doubled its color selection and can match just about any color, Gilmore said. He added that microfiber shirts in white and ivory without pleats are becoming a more modern option. As far as neckwear is concerned, its split 50/50 between bow ties and neckties, he added.

Cape Fear Formal Wear
2012 Cameron St., Raleigh
(800) 433-7558, ext. 4

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