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Tux trends: Dapper dressing still rules for grooms

The Stag in downtown Worthington has what every man needs to look good on his wedding day.

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WORTHINGTON — When men want to look their very best, with or without a vest, The Stag is the area’s go-to shop.

“The Stag has been busy; there’s been an uptick in demand for wedding wear,” said store owner Robyn Moser, referring to a recent rush of nuptial celebrations following the 2020 pandemic shutdown. “We are a full-service shop that offers a personal touch with one-on-one connections.”

While big-box options might tempt some, Moser observes there are numerous advantages to staying local and “shopping small” when it comes to outfitting a bridal party with suits, tuxes and accessories.

“Our sales and fitting staff are knowledgeable, and we offer tailoring with our tuxedos,” she said. “We don’t just hand something to you and let you walk out the door; we have you try it on to make sure it fits properly.”

With decades of experience in men’s fashion, Moser is alert to what’s popular now.

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“Up to about 2010 we were seeing predominantly black tuxedos for weddings, but there’s been a clear trend toward more color,” she said. “Currently we’re renting a lot of variations on blues, from a dark navy to a French blue — that’s a brighter, more intense color — and yes, we’re even seeing some of the ’70s powder blue, but it’s a more updated baby blue.”

It’s not hard for Moser to determine what drives the color shifts.

“Not everybody likes the same thing, so it really depends on personal preference,” she said.

Another color that’s increasingly seen in wedding parties, Moser notes, is burgundy.

“But a burgundy jacket doesn’t need to be paired with a burgundy pant,” she advised.

“One wedding party we recently dressed went with burgundy jackets, black pants, black shirts, burgundy vests and plaid ties that incorporated black, gray and burgundy to pull it all together.”

And don’t forget the 50 shades of gray!

“They’ve really expanded on the grays,” Moser said, “from a very dark charcoal to a light gray that’s almost like a shadow.”

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Overall, Moser is seeing a willingness from men to give variety a whirl.

“Guys are being more open to colors,” she said. “Many shades of blue look good on a lot of gentlemen, and if bridesmaids’ dresses coordinate with a blue suit, it can be a very pretty look.”

Think a plain jacket is old hat?

Moser also can source textured brocade options, most typically seen in black or blue.

Despite a societal trend toward casual dressing, Moser says that hasn’t translated to wedding wear, for the most part.

“Weddings continue to be dressier and a little more on the formal side because bridal couples usually want their wedding parties to stand out,” she said.

Naturally, there are some exceptions to that rule.

“Some bridal parties choose to have the men wear denim jeans with shirts, vests and ties, but they tend to add a jacket for the groom so he has a slightly different look than the groomsmen,” Moser said.

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The Stag orders its rental tuxedos through Jim’s Formal Wear.

“They have a wide selection of colors to choose from in tuxes, vests and ties, and we’ve been very satisfied with their products and service,” Moser noted.

Some bridal parties opt to purchase suits, whether off the rack or by special order, which Moser can accommodate given enough time.

“When men purchase suits for weddings, they walk away with something they can keep and use as they need in their permanent wardrobes,” Moser said.

If you’re seeking a glimpse of personality, The Stag can assist. Dress socks in a wide range of colors, patterns and sizes are a fun, easy way to personalize a look, according to Moser.

And don’t forget other accessories, which can be purchased either for personal use or as gifts for groomsmen. The Stag carries wallets, belts and fragrances that can enhance the moment.

Or, if you’re a wedding guest running a bit behind, “Something new for us is that we have a great selection of ‘Popular Cards’ greeting cards,” reminded Moser. “And they’re just 99 cents apiece.”

Above all, Moser and her staff stand ready to suit up bridal parties from top to bottom. Their friendly, knowledgeable service coupled with access to a wide range of up-to-the-minute products is an argument for going Stag.

Said Moser, “We want you to get the best possible look for your special day and those ‘forever’ pictures.”

The Stag, located at 412 10th St., Worthington, is open from 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment; call 507-376-5920.

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