Let's go three years from now. You're sitting on your couch, and your partner pulls out your album of wedding photos. It's a lazy Sunday afternoon, so you smile and wish you thought of it first.
Your wedding photos look phenomenal. You look phenomenal. Like you were plucked from the movie screen.
But how do you get to that moment from where you are now? Endlessly browsing Pinterest and Instagram for groom style inspiration. Asking friends for advice and getting more confused with the deluge of information.
There is such a thing as too much information. You need to find your groom style inspiration from the most stylish sources. And what's a better reference than some of the most stylish films ever made?
Let's take a look at three films to spark your imagination and get you the wedding look that makes you gaze adoringly at the photos from your wedding day.
Audacious, Futuristic Yet Timeless Style from Inception
It's tough to pay attention to the clothes when you're trying to get your head around the layered dreams in Christopher Nolan's mind-bending "Inception." But after a fourth or fifth viewing, you can allow yourself to appreciate Jeffrey Kurland's immaculate costume design.
Not a single stitch of clothing was sourced off the rack. Everything was designed and made for the film. Each character even has their own colour palette. Architectural details like sharp lines, peaked lapels, and patterned ties echo the geometry of the designed dreamscapes that the dreamers travel across.
If you desire a modern-themed wedding, this film should inspire you. Take, for example, the character Arthur played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. You can glean a lot from the way his character layers fabrics and his use of light and shade.
During the hotel dream sequence, you'll notice his dark grey two-button suit worn with a burgundy silk tie and pinstripe shirt. Take note of the linear tailoring and angular collar.
To replicate Arthur's specific look, you need to use the principles that make it work. Choose a colour palette that fits with your wedding. Experiment with layering different textures and patterns to see what looks good on you and your frame.
Get Inspired by Every Frame of The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's great American novel, "The Great Gatsby," is a feast for the eyes. Vibrant colours, glitzy dresses and glamorous flappers make this film an abundance of style inspiration.
Conscious of their bodies due in large part to the growing popularity of movies and personal photography, men and women of the roaring 20s preferred a slender silhouette. Slim-fit three-piece suits with peaked lapels were in fashion, and Luhrmann's film featured them through a modern filter.
Take your pick of Leonardo DiCaprio's outfits and see what inspires you. From Gatsby's black tuxedo to his pink linen suit to any of his three-piece suits, there's inspiration to be had.
Do keep in mind this is a Baz Luhrmann film. You may want to tone it down a little for your own wedding. But take away that you can wield colour and patterns to create wonderfully unique outfits that accentuate your personal style.
Timeless and Masculine, Look to Bond, James Bond
We've taken inspiration from the 1920s and designed dreamscapes, now let's move on to the world of espionage and James Bond's closet.
Every iteration of Bond in his twenty-six films has dressed to reflect the times. But he always has a timeless and classic element to the way he dresses.
We're introduced to Sean Connery's James Bond seated at a poker table dressed in what is the definitive black-tie template: black dinner jacket with satin shawl lapel with a self-tied bowtie. Each Bond who follows Connery uses this template from Dr. No.
You could do a lot worse drawing your inspiration from one of the best-dressed characters in the history of film. Especially if you're aiming for a formal, suave, and sophisticated look for your wedding.
For a modern look, study Daniel Craig's James Bond in Skyfall and Quantum of Solace. Celebrated menswear designer and filmmaker, Tom Ford, classically tailors Bond's suits so that he amps up his masculine appearance.
No matter where you draw your inspiration, the key is to allow essential style elements to guide your way. Tailoring and proper fit is a line that connects them all the films that we've discussed. Read more about style principles that will help guide your decisions for your wedding day style in our eBook, Pillars of Style.
Find your inspiration for your wedding day style and marry that with your personality. You don't have to be James Bond or Jay Gatsby to have movie star style. You just have to be you and make the right kinds of decisions.
For more style inspiration, read through our Journal. If we can help you select the right kind of neckwear for your wedding, you can contact us! We'd love to be part of your special day.