For Grooms Only: Cummerbund-Buying Made Easier
It’s extremely tempting to simply let your bride pick out your wedding tuxedo for you; after all, she probably wants a say on what you get to wear to the big event. However, wouldn’t it be much nicer to find a tuxedo that suits you and reflects your personal style?
Remember that finding the perfect tuxedo does not end with just the trousers, the shirt and the jacket; you also need the right accessories to complete your suave and debonair look. When it comes to adding color and personal style to your wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with either a great vest or a wonderful cumberbund.
In this article, we’re covering cumberbunds and how you can find the right one to accessorize your wedding getup.
The cumberbund is a waist sash that is a prerequisite in men’s formal wear. Although some grooms prefer to wear the cumberbund for white tie affairs, most men prefer to wear the special waistcoat on ultra-formal occasions instead.
A cumberbund can have either an elasticized back or a buckle attachment designed to provide a better fit for the wearer. Although you can use a cumberbund to give your outfit a dash of color, keep in mind that it’s important that your cumberbund matches your tie.
If you happen to be a stickler to the simple fashion rule that accessories need to match the rest of your wardrobe, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that most cumberbunds today come with matching ties. It’s an absolutely convenient choice for fashion-challenged individuals.
When to Wear the Cumberbund
Cumberbunds are usually worn to semi-formal or black tie events like proms, weddings and even christenings.
Rules for Wearing a Cumberbund
The first fashion rule that you have to remember is that you never wear a cumberbund with a vest.
If you’re on the "rounder" side, forgo the cumberbund in favor of the vest. Cumberbunds serve to highlight the groom’s trim waistline. If you have difficulties or insecurities when it comes to your midsection, it’s best to hide behind a stylish tuxedo vest.
Lastly, although cumberbunds may come in different designs and colors, for a very formal wedding, it’s best to pick a silk cumberbund in a traditional or subdued shade or tint: gray, black and red waist sashes are highly recommended.
Choosing Your Cumberbund:
Tip 1: Black is always the safe choice. If you’re unsure of what cumberbund color or design to go for, black is always your safest and classiest option.
Tip 2: If your bride allows it, use the cumberbund to add color to your outfit. If you have specific wedding color themes, then you can wear a cumberbund that either complements your bride’s jewelry color and wedding dress color, or your cumberbund could reflect the color of your bridesmaids’ gowns.
Tip 4: Make sure your cumberbund and your tie match. An outrageous cumberbund with a plain tie spells fashion disaster. Avoid being your wedding’s designated fashion victim, and pick a cumberbund that not only goes well with your tuxedo but also matches your tie completely.
Tip 5: Lastly, try on your cumberbund to find the perfect one for you. Cumberbunds usually come in one adjustable size. Whether you’re on the incredibly lanky or the overly healthy side, it’s always best to try on your cumberbund before making a purchase to avoid having to come back to the store to have it replaced.
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