We at L&C do a lot of talking about girly topics – from fashion to home decor to DIY how tos – but we rarely get the guys’ perspective on things. And so with the boys in mind, we are introducing a new monthly series: GuyTalk. Every month, our expert on all things bro, Will Wilson (from Major Onions and the ad world of Chicago), will give us his opinion on a topic we ladies have some questions about. Today Will is tackling bachelor parties (the myth and the legend) to go along with our wedded bliss theme for April. We are so happy to have Will on board with L&C, as he is a man with an eye for classic style, a pretty witty pen and one of the last old-school guys who firmly believes whiskey is the one true liquor (and he isn’t sorry about it at all). Take it away Will!
EVERYTHING YOU WANT NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BACHELOR PARTIES
As a guy, I know there’s a lot of worrying/uncertainty surrounding letting your man attend a bachelor party; those glory day-reliving occasions that give men an excuse to return to the caveman college years. But rest assured, I’m here to put most of your fears to rest, while still staying true to the guy code.
So without further adieu, here’s your list of what happens on those not-so-tame weekends, and some style tips for those guys who need them (and those ladies who are packing their guy’s bags because they still can’t dress themselves).
Day One – Arrival and reunion
There will be hugging, there will be catching up, there will be high fives. There will be a lot of “Bro” in the air. Knowing this weekend is full of potential gives guys superhuman energy… and an excuse to get rowdy. This might be the only time that doesn’t have particular plans other than to kick off the weekend with drinks, dinner, and catching up with your best dudes.
Plus, every guy knows that you can’t overdo it on the first night. And you know what they say: “The candle that burns twice as bright rolls out of bed an hour later, pops and Advil, and can’t keep breakfast down.” That’s a saying right?
Style Tip: This night is dressy casual at best. Stick to an oxford or polo with jeans/chinos and whatever shoes you feel comfortable in, minus tennis shoes. Someone’s getting married, not having you over to help with yard work.
Day Two – Out and about
Chances are, despite my advice above, everyone might have gotten a little more aggressive than they intended the night before. On the other hand, no one will admit that they’re hurting; might as well admit you’re too old.
This is the day of plans, and no mater where you are, I can almost guarantee that it will involve all or some of the following scenarios: golfing, concert, casino.
Golfing. It’s a staple. A tradition even. And it’s a feasible excuse to crack a beer before 11 am.
Style Tip: If you don’t own golf attire, pack a nice lightweight shirt. I also recommend a hat, or a visor if you’re a dad/from South Carolina. While sunglasses are a nice touch, a hat will help give you a spot of shade, but not leave you with raccoon eye sunburn.
Concert. If the bachelor party is somewhere like Nashville or New Orleans, there’s a good chance this will be on the list. And whether you know the band or not, there’s nothing better than live music and fresh air.
Style Tip: Comfort is key, but so is looking good: chose closed toed shoes like boat shoes or summer boots. A plaid or gingham shirt has a nice flair to it for the setting sun and can work with sleeves rolled up or down and tucked or un-tucked depending where the evening takes you.
Casino. Somehow, nearly every bachelor party ends at a casino, usually for no good reason, other than to continue this day of debauchery celebration. All I can tell you is there will be drinking, there will be gambling, and there will be losing.
Style Tip: This is where it pays to pack a blazer, even if there was no fancy dinner. If you’re coming from out and around town, it’s easy to throw a jacket over the oxford and chinos/jeans you wore to the concert for classy/casual evening style.
Day Three – Recovery and goodbyes
If you awake alive, you’ve made it…as long as the groom to be isn’t in prison or missing. In some ways, this is the best part of the trip. It’s time to swap stories, look through pictures, and laugh about the weekend’s best moments. As the boys begin to leave to catch flights or meet with skeptical girlfriends, its great to take a moment to realize that this weekend was one you’ll continue talking about with each other for years to come, if only behind closed doors.
Style Tip: Wear whatever you can manage to cobble together. A light T-shirt and jeans or whatever you plan to travel in works fine, just don’t break my number one rule: Never wear sweatpants or pajamas out in public. It was cool to look like you didn’t care in college, now you just look homeless.
Of course, if the bachelor party is in Vegas, there’s literally no telling what could happen, and most of these guidelines don’t apply.