Tuesday, April 23, 2013

wedding suit

This week we will talk about wedding suit. How to choose it?
How to adjust the groom's suit by the bride's dress?
How to adjust the suit to the events style and the wedding season?

How to choose the perfect wedding suit for the groom?

Here is our guide for how to dress the groom.

Quite often it is that the bride has the biggest say in what the groom wears and the choice of the wedding suit which is almost as vital as the bride's dress. So here are some top tips for dressing the groom and choosing his wedding suit.

Let’s face it; most men aren’t exactly the most avid shoppers. So when it comes to choosing the most important outfit of their lives we understand you may have your concerns. Visions of pastel top hats and ruffles Dumb and Dumber style spring to mind.
With this and the frightening prospect of him looking like a penguin, it is essential that time is taken to make the right choice. To help ease the suit choosing process here’s our guide to choosing the groom’s suit.

To rent a suit or not to rent?

One of the first things you should consider when choosing the suit is whether to rent or to buy. If you look at the decision in purely economic terms renting clearly makes more sense. However, you should view buying the suit as an investment. Unless you intend to choose a very formal suit, you will be able to reuse the components again and again. Consider that renting a suit could cost you close to half of the price of buying a new one and you will be faced with a fine if it is not returned in perfect condition.

What suit will suit his style?

Depending on the style you and your partner have chosen for your wedding the type of suit you choose to buy/rent will vary. There are many, many different styles of suits at your disposal from the traditional and elaborate to the more modern, trendy versions. Here is a quick rundown of the various options available to the modern or traditional man.

Morning jacket:

The most classy and formal option available for your groom. Single breasted with a large tail at the back, coats are usually black or grey. Traditionally worn with a top hat, striped trousers and waistcoat this is a sophisticated look often worn by royals so ensure this is in keeping with the style of the wedding.

Stroller jacket:

More casual and slightly shorter this version can be nicely dressed with a crisp shirt and waistcoat. This style is more common as it is more relaxed and subtle.


Among the more formal styles is the classic tail coat. With two long tails at the back it should be worn with braces and a white shirt. And to complete the look, razzles dazzle cane!

Traditional tuxedo or black tie:

Usually the choice for an evening soiree , with plenty of options including a variety of different lapels. Choose black or grey for the classic look or lighter shades for a fun or more casual look. Usually worn with a bow tie (preferably not clip on) and flat-front trousers . You can easily modernize this classic style to achieve a more contemporary look. However, important to note is that if you choose a more modern jacket you can update the black tie look by choosing a darker shirt and a regular tie rather than a bow. You can also substitute the braces for a regular belt.

Dark suit:

Is a tuxedo a little too 007 for your tastes? If so consider a more subtle dark suit. If you go for this more understated of options then − as with the updated black tie − replace the bow tie with a regular one.

Dinner jacket:

Probably the most casual option available and great for summer weddings , usually white or cream. Wear with dark, possibly striped, trousers.

If the wedding suit fits

Whatever wedding suit you choose, the most important part of the suit selection process for all male members of the wedding party is proper fit. As much as we love Charlie Chaplin we don't want to take styling tips from him! Baggy trousers and stretched jacket don’t scream sophistication.
Ensure your groom tries the suit on with all other components of the outfit he intends to wear. Any decent tailor will advise on the suit’s fit but you should look for a few things:
With arms at his sides the cuffs of the shirt should peek out and the sleeve should sit comfortably at the top of his hand.
The trousers should just touch the shoe’s heel at the back and sit comfortably on the top at the front - exposed socks are a no-no
Most of all, consider all the options: try different lapels, consider a waistcoat, or even a hat
Take the groom’s build and shape into account and finally, try to get him as involved as possible. After all you’ll (hopefully) only be doing this once and looking at the results of your choosing for years to come. You don’t want to hear any ‘why did you make me wear
that?’ a few years down the line

2013 Groom wear Trends:

What Is the Difference Between a Wedding Suit & a Business Suit?

Men’s fashion dictates wearing suits for social or professional occasions such as weddings, formal parties, dinners and business meetings. Suits come in many styles and materials that are paired with a range of complementary accessories including shirts, ties, cuff links and cummerbunds, generally falling into the category of wedding or business suits. Does this Spark an idea?

Wedding Suit Description

Although wedding suits can be made from any fabric or color, the most common wedding suits are black or dark gray with single-breasted jackets. Materials range from silk to wool, depending on the season. They are typically worn with white shirts with French cuffs fastened with understated gold or silver cuff links. A vest in a matching or coordinating color adds a traditional flair to a wedding suit. Wedding suit slacks have flat or pleated fronts.



Technically a wedding suit, tuxedos are more formal matrimonial attire. They are traditionally black or white but come in a wide range of colors and patterns as well as in contemporary or classic styles. Tuxedo pants can be flat or pleated and may be adorned with a strip of satin down the outer pant leg. Shirts worn with tuxedos often have pleats or other decorative trim on the front, as well as French cuffs, and are white or pastel colors. A cummerbund, a classic tuxedo accessory, is frequently worn around the waist and made from fabric that matches or complements a solid color silk tie or decorative jacket pocket square.
Formal Business Suit

This style of business suit is similar to a wedding suit but is normally available in more colors, materials and styles. Color choices generally include black and shades of brown, blue, green and gray. The fabrics for formal business suits include wool, silk and natural or synthetic blends and include pinstripe designs and natty textures such as tweed. The shirts worn with formal business suits range from pastel to dark colors and have French cuffs. Ties and pocket squares worn with formal business suits are usually patterned rather than solid.

General and Casual Suits

General business suits are often not suits per se but tailored sports coats paired with trousers in a similar or complementary color. Shirts worn with general business suits have buttoned cuffs and tie designs are more colorful and patterned than those paired with formal suits. Casual business suits are comprised of knit or khaki pants paired with collared sport shirts worn without ties, sweaters and casual sport coats.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Suit: More
You Decide
when choosing your wedding suit, don’t be influenced by anyone except yourself and maybe your bride.  The “typical” formal wear suits hire offering often consists of heavier more durable fabrics with the design or fit being very square or generic.  If you feel comfortable in that then that’s great, but don’t be persuaded by the sales assistant to go for something you don’t want just because there is nothing else on offer. Any decent company should offer you a variety of designs, fabrics and fits, with a variety of prices accompanying these.
Suit Styles:
this is becoming a tricky area as many a groom and his groomsmen are being heavily influenced by the “fashion suit”.  This is a very tight, shorter style suit.  I like this style but it isn’t very practical for a long wedding day, and more importantly can make a groom look no more special than a guest.  It also raises that age old problem “my photos will look dated”.  I have had many couples visit with this specific “modern man suit” idea in their minds who actually end up in our Designer Hire stuff, especially the tail coat.  We say have an open mind when setting out.
How Do I know if a Suit is “The One”?
I love suits so when someone says to me that I am being fussy, well it’s true.  I am often asked how you know when a suit or outfit is “the one”.  It is difficult to explain, and this will sound weird, but when you try on that perfect suit or outfit, you will just know.  Again, don’t be influenced by others apart from the important people such as your bride.  In theory the company you choose to supply your suit should also be able to offer experienced yet impartial advice, to agree with your choice or even nudge you in an even better direction.
I Might As Well Be Color Blind…
Not everyone is blessed with being creative or indeed brave enough to try something new.  One of my biggest challenges with staffing our Formal Wear business is to ensure that you are not only looked after by a trained individual, they need to have an element of individual creativity and their own thoughts as  how to help you find that perfect combo. Full knowledge of our products is one thing, knowing how to put it all together
is another
Short Video - How to choose a wedding suit…

My husband, with his wedding suit-(12 years ago).

See you on the next post,