It’s about time to waltz down the aisle in style! All eyes are on the bride and groom on the big day, so you’ve got to make sure your attire is in tip top shape. We’ve teamed up with The Idle Man to bring you the best of the best when it comes to groom and groomswear tips…
Put a ring on it
Those donning a wedding suit support the sentiment of commitment. Take the sense of committing a step further and purchase, rather than hire, your wedding suit. It will cost more but there’s no comparison between a suit tailored to your and one you’re hiring for the day. When it comes to your wedding suit, go all in and buy the suit.
It’s a wedding (not a business) suit
You want to look like you’re marrying the partner of your dreams, not charming the pants off a boardroom of investors. Consider a traditional, black suit. A three-piece makes a nice impression Don’t be frugal regarding the investment! Buying a wedding suit is not a time to try and save on money – you need a one-of-a-kind suit to marry the person you’ll be with for the rest of your life.
Take the next step
Take the next step and invest in a tailor. A great fit is the reason to buy rather than rent the suit, so it’s important for it to look like it was made for you. Find a tailor and make the added investment in securing a perfect fit. An expensive and ill-fitting suit pales in comparison to a suit of less quality that fits great.
Find fabulous fabric
A well-dressed man chooses quality fabric. The fabric dictates the form, and flimsy, cheap fabric appears as such on a man’s frame. Contrarily, thick, quality fabrics present good form and sharp cuts in the right places. A suit’s presentation is only as good as the fabric!
Wear pieces post-wedding
You might be hesitant to make such a large investment in a suit that you’ll wear for one day. Yet, you don’t have to retire the wedding suit after the nuptials. Take the suit apart and wear pieces alone. For example, the jacket worn as a blazer works well with slacks, jeans and a formal night out. Also, the waistcoat may be worn with dress shoes and a nice pair of trousers. Even the trousers can be worked into a workday ensemble!
Make it fit right
As stressed, the fit of the suit matters more than the price. An expensive yet poor-fitting suit does not make a grand impression. So, it’s important to go to a tailor and understand how the pieces of the suit should fit:
- The shoulder of the jacket should end at the wearer’s shoulder.
- A shirt shouldn’t lay straight down but move inward toward the torso starting at the armpits.
- A jacket should just about cover the wearer’s posterior – no shorter or longer.
- The shirt should end at the wrist, leaving a bit of room so about a half-inch of shirt can be seen underneath the jacket.
- The trousers should be snug yet comfortable, and sit right above the beginning of the shoe.
Don’t forget accessories
You may have a colour scheme related to the wedding or add pizzazz to an otherwise elegant, yet plain outfit. Use waistcoats, ties, cravats and pocket squares as accent pieces and opportunities to add colour. But don’t go overboard, don’t make any surprises for your partner to experience on the wedding day! There’s a time and a place for accentuation. If you’re unsure, as ask a tailor or fashion-orientated friend.
Dressing the men behind the man
Some grooms proudly strut down the aisle followed by a train of groomsmen. If your wedding hosts others as part of the ceremony, you’ll have to think about whether to dress them to emulate your appearance or choose an alternative. Moreover, consider shopping for your groomsmen at the same time for possible discounts.
Check the lapel and little details
Lastly, looking great comes down to the little details that people take notice of. For example, you have choice of a notched, peaked or shawl-collar lapel, each distinct in style and presentation! For example, a notched lapel accentuates an overall V-shape and looks good amid a well-tailored ensemble. Alternatively, shawl collars work well for wearers of all shapes – slim, tall, small and husky!
There is a lot to think about, it’s true – groomswear is more complicated than people think! But it’s a special day in your life, so you need to look your best. Buying rather than hiring, paying attention to small details, and arranging colour schemes with your partner and groomsmen ensures a wedding suit success!