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Fashion Monday: Rik Ducar

Rik Ducar mens formal Wear for weddings and special events

This week’s fashion Monday is dedicated to him.  An all new Rik Ducar boutique has opened in Los Angeles on Beverly Boulevard next to fabulous household name, Jenny Yoo.  The Atlanta shop, Le Tux, has already transformed the way men approach their formal wear.

Owner Rik Ducar is one of the leading groom experts in the US. His work was featured on the show “Get Married” as well as the Mark Burnett, TNT reality series “Wedding Day.” He has been profiled in The AJC, Jezebel, Atlantan Brides, Atlanta Magazine and Weddings In Style Magazine. Past celebrity clients include rap star TI, entertainer Fonzworth Bentley and CBS TV star Jon Cryer. Other high profile clients include professional football players Matt Hasselback (Seattle Seahawks), Demario Pressley (New Orleans Saints) and Sean Jones (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).

With Rik’s expertise, coupled with the amazing selection of designers carried in the store, the groom and his groomsmen are guaranteed to look their best on such a special day.  After all, you shouldn’t have all the fun and what better way to show off your man than to swathe him in luxury apparel, by someone who knows how to make a man look good?

Follow Rik Ducar on Twitter for up-to-date information on keeping your man sexy and fabulous.

Dressing the Man

 

 

For the past few weeks, we’ve been featuring some of the best bridal designers and their new looks for the upcoming season.  Far be it from us to leave Mr. Fabuluxe out of all the fun.  Whenever Captain America and I go out or plan trips, it is always so much fun (and sometimes tiring, because trust me, honey, he can outshop me sometimes) to go with him to select his accessories or see him getting fitted.  I completely love how he will pick up something and say “This will bring out the [color] in the [article of clothing]”.  I know.  It’s all types of awesome.

So, I think of him as I write this post—his acute attention to detail and love of sophisticated style that every gentleman should have on his wedding day—no matter what his personality is.  There are so many ways to add some really luxurious details to your man’s look on the big day.  As long as he is not wearing an “extra medium” , I think we’ve pretty much have it easy.

 

David Yurman Cufflinks black tourmaline Pave Diamond Cufflinks David Yurman

silver gold and black cufflinks David Yurman Yellow Diamond Cufflinks David Yurman

Cufflinks from the David Yurman Collection

 

 

silver and black Omega watch black and white leather Armani watch

Watches by Omega and Emporio Armani

 

diamond audemars piguet watch

Of course I had to share this beauty by Audemars Piguet, if not for anything else but  admiration purposes alone.  This bezel and bracelet boasts 456 baguette cut diamonds.  Ahem.  That’s 47.45 carats…in case you were wondering.  (I know, I caught the vapors, too!)

 

 

 

black leather gucci shoes black buckled Kenneth Cole shoes black leather DKNY shoes

Shoes by Gucci, Kenneth Cole and DKNY

 

Do something special, too—something that will make him think of you as he gets dressed,  For example, even if he rents his tuxedo, have his dress shirt personalized with your monogram or soon to be initials.  You could even pick out (together, of course!) a special cologne for the wedding day.  Something you will find irresistible and alluring on him that he can only  wear on your wedding day.   Of course by now, you know your man’s likes and dislikes, so go through the extra effort to make sure that the groom feels special, confident and gorgeous on your wedding day.

Would You Get Him a Mirdle?

You know, a male girdle?

 

 

Ok, gents—I apologize.  It is a “core precision undershirt,” and does for men what Spanx did for women. 

It’s rather smart, if you think about it.  His Luxeness is not under any less pressure than his fiancee when it comes to looking (and feeling) fabulous on his wedding day.  He will probably change his eating habits and go to the gym a lot more during the week to prep for the day.  Pile that on top of the several things he is expected to know and do in life in general—and it’s stressful!

Equmen now offer a subtle bodyshaping undershirt that pulls in and gently shapes where he will need it most…on the day he will need it most!  I think it’s a great idea and there is no shame in it at all!

 

 

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The Man and His Ascot

 

 

 

Ascots are coming back into fashion this year—can you picture your Mister in one?

 

They are absolutely stunning—especially when paired with vests and/or long jackets.  The look, as seen on Joshua Jackson,  has a certain air and style that cannot be achieved with a classic bowtie or long tie.  They are tres sexy and European. His Luxeness can rent his ascot if he would like, or purchase a silk one from such places as Forzieri Italia (be sure to sign up for their newsletter to receive 5% off!).  If you do purchase it, why not personalize the inside of it with his initials or a love note from you.  There are several styles and colors that will very well complement the wedding theme you have chosen and its colors.

 

Also, be sure to practice, if you do decide to purchase or rent!

Why is Your Groomsman Wearing an Extra Medium?

image This happens more often than you think.  One of your groomsmen, or Heaven forbid, your groom, has an athletic build and cannot find a proper fit for his clothing, let alone his tuxedo.  When this happens, you have full, irrevocable veto power on anything they choose that makes them look like stuffed sausage.  So what’s a girl to do?

Well, don’t worry– I feel your pain. Captain America is 5’10, 200 lbs and has 4% body fat.  That alone makes me want to throw up.  Typical conversations in our house go like this…

Him: “I’m going to work out. Are you coming?”

Me:  “I am going to work out…just later.”

Him: “Later?  You’re watching a Law & Order marathon…again.”

Me: “Ok. Well, watch me work this spoon out of this ice cream container and into my mouth.”

That is typically followed by some snarky comment on his end about me working twice as hard on the bag when I do work out, which is then succeeded by me rolling my eyes and having a carbfest.

Wow, I’ve digressed again, haven’t I?

The point I’m trying to make is that if your man works hard on his body, he should be proud of it (as should you, which I know you are).  However, men can have fashion faux pas as well, and one of the most deadly ones is what the Captain and I call “The Smedium”.

Main Entry: 1sme·di·um
Pronunciation: ?sm?-d?-?m
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): plural smediums
Etymology: Fabuluxe, from neuter of medius middle — and Middle English smal
Date: 2007
1 a a combination of small and medium, used to describe an item of clothing that is extremely ill-fitting for the wearer, which the  wearer believes accentuates his or her features but really makes them look like they are wearing something that should be worn by a fetus. Also known as “extra medium”.
Now that you understand our terminology, don’t let your groomsmen fall victim.  It’s sad though, because as hard as these guys work on their bodies, they are the most overlooked when it comes to formal wear. And if they aren’t overlooked (too badly), they have limited selections and/or can expect to pay for their physique.

The problem lies in that most men with these builds have the triangular shape– broad shoulders and slim waist.  For this, an athletic fit (also known as a European cut, seen above on former Light Heavyweight UFC Champ Liddell above) is needed– a larger, tapered jacket and regular sized pants.  Most gents, rather than to risk wearing a suit that is too big or too small, will buy their own tuxedos, so that they can get them altered to their sizes.

Just some pointers…because I would really hate for you to go ballistic when one of the groomsmen looks like someone airbrushed his tux on, so let’s just spare everyone the pain…

  • Make sure there is a 7″ or more drop; in other words, the chest area needs to be 7″ or more than the waist.
  • Different designers make different cuts, so trying on several is key– all are not created equal or the same. Avoid anything that brings too much attention to an already broad/protruding chest.
  • Comfort and movement is key– he should be able to move fluidly and raise his arms above his head comfortably
  • Size MATTERS. Nothing screams cheap tuxedo than a jacket that does not lay flush with the shirt. It is far easier to take in the waist of a jacket than to increase the shoulder or chest size.
  • Go with quality designers, like DKNY, Jones NY, Calvin Klein and Hugo Boss Red Label.

For other great tips in dressing your groomsmen of all sizes, check out this post from Haute Concept.  And death to the Smedium!