Brides seem to get all the attention on their wedding days, but that’s going to change next month when “Grooms: A Professional Stylist’s Guide to Wedding Day Apparel for Every Budget” hits bookstores.
Written by the husband-and-wife duo of Donnell Baldwin and Courtney Arrington-Baldwin, founders of Mr. Baldwin Style, the book features more than 150 photographs by Alea Lovely of full-length and close-up shots of different style choices for grooms. From the classic groom’s notch-lapel jacket, flat-front pants and self-tied bow tie to the preppy groom’s madras sport coat, ecru chinos and knit navy tie, the 180-page book hits all the style high notes. Chapters include the chic groom, the groom in color, the rustic groom, the island groom and the holiday groom and include tips on negotiating everything from denim to velvet.
The style guide offers suggestions on how to begin the selection process for wedding attire, how to master the details and even how to save money. There’s also a checklist, an explanation of the levels of formality and a page on common mistakes to avoid, such as making sure the pant zipper is up.
“After attending countless weddings and planning our own, it was clear to us that among all the event preparation and attention to the bride’s wedding gown, the groom’s attire often becomes an afterthought,” said Donnell Baldwin. “Through this book, we want to inspire men to get excited about their look for the big day and help guide them in the planning and execution of it, all while considering what will best complement their partner and wedding style.”
Steve Moore, owner of Sinclair & Moore and a wedding designer for more than 10 years, penned the foreword. He writes: “The following pages will help you think beyond a rented tux by giving you permission to be fashionable and think outside the box.”
The book is available for pre-order on Mr. Baldwin Style’s Web site as well as Amazon and certain specialty stores. It will be published by Sutton Place Press on Dec. 8 and will retail for $39.95.
The Tie Bar will feature a book signing at its pop-up shop at 411 Bleecker Street on Dec. 12.