There's no question the sartorial star of any wedding is the bride, but increasing numbers of grooms are making fashion statements of their own. 'Men are now getting fashionable. They focus on the way they dress,' says a spokeswoman for suit company Decision. In the past, most grooms wore the same plain shirts and dark trousers they wore to work. But while women are limited in their choice of wedding attire, men enjoy much more freedom. 'Wedding gowns are the only type of clothing for brides in chapels or at wedding feasts. There are more choices for men,' says Yip Sun from clothing company Va-Et-Vient. 'Grooms usually have two or three suits of wedding attire. They have to get changed within the day.' Many grooms now seek the advice of wedding attire specialists, who can suggest ideas about design and fit. Given the importance of the day, they are also willing to spend more on a tailor-made garment. Basic rules include wearing light-coloured suits for morning weddings and tuxedos for evening festivities. The next major consideration is a flattering cut. 'Tailor-made slim-cut suits are good for Asians due to their figures, making grooms feel comfortable,' Yip says. Decision's spokeswoman adds that 'slim-cut suits are welcome because they make men look taller and slimmer.' Some designers are even using patterns, catering to customers who want to avoid looking dull. Increasingly men are recognising that the bride isn't the only one in the spotlight. 'Currently, there is a trend towards a more slim-fit, midnight-blue tuxedo with peak lapels. The peaked lapel jacket is considered a very stylish design,' says Karen Wang of Tiara, a wedding planning company. 'For accessories, we have seen the return of the bow tie. Long slim ties have overtaken traditional bow, but it has been suggested that bows are more elegant and presentable.' According to Wang, many couples now prefer a more informal wedding. There is increased demand for cotton and linen suits in lighter-coloured fabrics. Groomsmen, meanwhile, are expected to play a supporting role in their fashion choices. 'They should wear a less formal suit compared to the groom and keep to dark suits, white shirts and black shoes,' Wang says. 'Also, groomsmen can wear less formal attire such as a day suit.' Most experts advise focusing on the groom first and then the best man. 'I always make the groom's attire first,' Yip says. 'The best man's attire should be based on the groom's. So people can distinguish the groom just by looking at him.' Other groomsmen should dress alike and look less formal than the best man.