A wedding is a portal into an entirely different life, so it’s no wonder that people want to say goodbye to their old lives and celebrate everything they have been through with their closest friends, and it was like that for a long time now. In fact, bucks parties go back to ancient history (approximately to 5th century B.C.) when ancient Spartans made a celebration for the groom’s last night as a single man. The stag party has been through a lot of changes since then, but if anything remained the same it is that the groom-to-be is always at the centre of the attention. So, if your best man is throwing such a celebration for you, here’s how to choose a spot-on outfit for every possible venue.
A Classy Event
A traditional bucks party is a semi-formal occasion where men wear suits or blazers while toasting to their friend with fine Scottish whiskey, Cuban cigars and martini (shaken not stirred, of course). As a groom-to-be, you’ll be the most important person that evening, so do your best to look sharp and classy, but don’t leave your comfort zone too much, you want to feel comfortable in your own skin and be able to have fun. This kind of party will require a semi-formal suit. That means that you should avoid black, and opt for navy, grey, beige, etc. and ditch the tie. You can also combine a pair of pants and a blazer.
Classic bucks parties are evergreen, but there’s a lot of new ways to celebrate your last days as a single man, and your best men should know how to choose one for you. Many of them are rather casual occasions, ranging from going to barefoot bowls and pub or restaurant to a guys’ road trip and retro boat party. That doesn’t mean that you can’t suit up (appropriately). Consider men's preppy style which is a great way to look classy and youthful. Some things you can include in your outfit to make it fit this specific dress code are tartans, ginghams, tailored pants and blazers, polos, chinos, and chic men’s fashion accessories (e.g. cool sunglasses, bracelets or lapel pins).
Your best man must really love you, or really, really hate you, if he wants to throw Hangover-style bucks party for you. As for the clothing, here you must be prepared for anything: convertible ride (jeans and t-shirt), chapel (blazer and pants), gangster attack (black belt), Mike Tyson’s villa (preppy style will work fine here too), or perhaps you don’t need any of that because you’ll be stuck on a rooftop all night. So, if you spot some kind of craziness being prepared by your friend, pack a carry-on with several different outfits.
Strip clubs and nightclubs are fine, but sometimes the experience of bucks party can be much more interesting than you would have expected, and you should be dressed accordingly. Ask your best man to tell you if he’s planning on throwing an out-of-the-box stag, such as surfing at Byron Bay, sportfishing off the coast of Cairns, bungy jumping, golf, costume party, paintball, or stunt driving course, so that you could know how to prepare. Most of these activities will require special clothes, and some will even include renting the outfits on the spot.
Rock Star Party
Every groom-to-be is a rock star for his friends, at least until he becomes henpecked… just kidding, they’ll love you even then. So, if they decide to throw you a bucks party you’ll never forget by taking you to see your favourite band or some show in a club, you should repay them by dressing as a true rock star. Put on your most r’n’r pair of frayed jeans, your Metallica t-shirt, converse shoes and, of course, the fiercest black leather jacket you have, and rock on!
Now relax, leave your life in trustworthy hands of your best man, and have the time of your life. Congratulations!
Peter is a men's lifestyle editor at The Beard Mag & High Street Gent magazines, living between UK and Australia. Beside writing he worked as a menswear consultant for many fashion events around UK & Australia too. Follow Peter on Twitter for more fashion tips.