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A huge proportion of visitors to my studio chose to come with a friend, partner, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend for that all important second opinion - and each and every one gets just as involved as the suit wearer if not more, to ensure that their suit will be perfect and that they feel proud to wear it.
Even with the greatest of intentions we often struggle to know what to recommend when purchasing suits whether it be bespoke or off-the-peg. You may have seen a photo in a magazine that looked perfect but when you put the same style on yourself you wonder what you ever saw in it! It's all about playing to your strengths and democratically disguising your weaknesses - all of which can be done with the right suit!.
Picture the scene: It's a Saturday afternoon, it's your friend's wedding in 3 weeks and your girlfriend politely hints that the pile of rags she's been trying to throw away for 9 months since you split the trousers during a limbo accident at a previous friend's wedding needs replacing.
So you pick out a few suits that look good on the model, head into the changing rooms and are then greeted by this...
Not what you were hoping for. So what's the problem? It feels comfortable, you're not showing your socks and the sleeve length looks great - what more is there to it?
Fear not I'm not going to take you through every item a tailor looks for when assessing the perfectly fitted suit, but here are a few key areas to focus on that will make all the difference:
2. LapelsLapels are often overlooked when choosing a new Jacket and this is such a shame as they have such an impact on the overall look of your outfit. So there you have it - just three key areas to focus on when shopping for a suit which should be easier to remember and enable you to make some constructive comments on the options in front of you! Instead of coming out to this reaction...
On 28 February 2013 chic, unique wedding boutique ruby+divaTM is launching the 'Gay Wedding Collective' - a unique service to help same sex couples plan their wedding day. They will bring couples' wedding dreams to life with a choice of stylish options to make their day extra special.
And you are invited!. The afternoon launch event will be held at the historically colourful Kettner's at 29 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5HP - in the heart of London - on Thursday 28 February 2013 from midday to 5pm.
Indulge in delicious canaps and cocktails, meet unique wedding designers and browse exclusive designs and promotions especially for gay couples.
Also, we will be there with samples to browse and advice to give to help to find the perfect wedding suit.
Now we do write good blogs here at A Suit That Fits, but there is nothing more rewarding than a client taking the time to write in to let us know he enjoyed reading our blog. We do blog very consistently about people of influence in the fashion stakes, and one gent features quite prominently.
That gentleman is Gary Barlow OBE. One particular client wanted to let us know that he had designed his outfit with A Suit That Fits in the summer of 2012.
We recently saw Mr Barlow receive his Gong from the Queen, and noticed a striking similarity to the A Suit That Fits design pictured left. Ladies and Gents, I give you Andrew. Andrew was married in this beautifully tailored tailcoat , designed in W1001A cloth, with a Cream coloured lining. Single button fastening , with standard width peaked lapels. This was an elegant look for his big day, and Andrew matched this with a beautiful White silk waistcoat and tie . Now we can all see from the picture that Gary Barlow OBE is wearing a blue shirt , with contrasting white collar, but the similarity in these outfits is evident by the use of the tie bar by both gents.
Judging by these pictures (and the fact that Andrew collected his outfit in July 2012), it would seem that Andrew is the style leader in this case! Congratulations on your nuptials Andrew. I wish you a long and happy marriage.
For our friends over at Poppy in Pearls , the go to site for creative brides, it's all about the groom this week and we second that! We believe that grooms deserve to wear a suit that has been lovingly made just for them, after all would your bride be happy wearing a hired dress? Didn't think so.
A bespoke suit gives you not only the fit of your life and flatters your form more then anything could come close to off-the-peg, you can also design your suit to fit any theme.
From a vintage double breasted three-piece, a linen suit fit for the beach, to the classic morning suit, the only limitation is your (or indeed you fairer half's) imagination. Beautiful silk linings, button hole stitching, even accessories and bespoke shirts with an embroidered cuff are all up for grabs for your big day. If you're in Bath this Saturday 11th August, why not swing by Pip's pop-up shop in Milsom Place? Our very own David Minns will be there to discuss all things sartorial for your big day and look out for special offers too!
Sarah, Owner of Poppy in Pearls says: David from A Suit That Fits was the tailor for my hubby's wedding suit as well as creating bespoke suits for the Best Man and Father of the Groom. It was so very special for my husband to have a suit that no one else will ever own. I loved the little details such as his initials on his cuff and the fabulous touch of our wedding colour on his button holes.
We were really excited when these images from Kerry McNair photography popped into our inbox today. Wedding photo shoots are always lovely, but we were particularly pleased to see the Groom in a bespoke morning suit from A Suit That Fits.
The morning suit is traditionally made-up of a black or dark navy morning coat, a light waistcoat and grey trousers and is worn with a cravat.
The list of suppliers for the shoot are as follows:
- Photographer - Kerry McNair Photography
- Lighting second photographer - Studio Ferguson
- Hotel venue, hair makeup - Courthouse Doubletree
- Cake - Linden Cakes of Mayfield
- Flowers - Broadview Florists
- Wedding engagement rings - Aurum jewellers
- Wedding dress - Frou Frou Bridal Boutique
- Bride groom models - Francesca King Ben Connor
Pictured here are the wonderful Noreen and Howard who got married on a beautiful beach in the stunning Island of Mahe in the Seychelles. What a magnificent pair they look. The wedding looked amazing so I decided to drop Noreen a call to talk more about it.
Noreen was happy to answer my questions. Michael: Noreen, why did you decide to go for a red themed wedding? Noreen: We decided that we did not want to wear traditional colours for our wedding and started our search for the perfect wedding dress, thankfully this did not take very long and I found my dream dress The Maggie Sottero Amara Royale in a striking red. This naturally dictated what the theme for our wedding would be and we started our search for a red waistcoat for Howard. Unfortunately, there was nothing out in the market that quite matched the colour of my dress so Maggie Sottero very kindly provided a fabric swatch used to create my dress.
ASTF then worked their magic and created a bespoke tailored waistcoat for Howard. M: Cool, so from a Brides point of view, did you feel like Howard was in safe hands?
N: Absolutely, the team at ASTF were fantastic particularly David, Johnny H and Peter and ensured that that we were looked after every step of the way.
M: Great stuff, the team were very excited to see the pictures. So will Howard be using his suit again?
N: Yes, Like myself, Howard wanted a suit that he could wear again for black tie events so the style that he has chosen works very well and we believe represents a very timeless piece of formal fashion.
M: So what did you think of the final result of the suit?
N: I believe Howard looked looked dashing in his suit, which among his other attributes left me feeling like the luckiest woman alive on our wedding day!
AWWWW! How sweet. I'm jealous!
Congratulations to Noreen and Howard, your day looked wonderful, have a delightful life together. From all of the ASTF team.
No sooner has St. Valentine's Day passed, and we are looking forward to spring and I dare say a fair few of us will be looking forward to the big day!
Hopefully you'll have made arrangements for your suit, in the same way that your bride made arrangements for her wedding dress i.e. in advance!
However, if you haven't A Suit That Fits.com have a service just for you and can turn around a suit in as little as 3 weeks (not inclusive of fittings), for the supplementary and reasonable fee of 70 (or 4 weeks for 50).
Now that you know a bespoke suit can be yours in time for the big day, here are a couple of things to consider;
Morning coats i.e. tails, are traditional fair but unless you attend ascott every year, you are unlikely to get much use out of your wedding suit again. If tradition is the order of the day however, choose mohair or a cloth with some structure in it i.e. a herringbone, so that the tail hangs well and will not crease too easily.
Three piece suits are versatile, and if you think that you'll get no further use out of your waistcoat, bear in mind they are making a comeback in the boardroom and so will be cut a dash at work also.
In addition, following the wedding ceremony and photos, you'll want to lose your jacket in preparation for several hours of eating and, assuming you don't have two left feet, the first dance with the bride! But what you don't want is to look like a member of the congregation, and your waistcoat will ensure that you do not.
Two piece suits must be smart, regardless of colour or style. Even if you are going for bright blue or pink, the cut and fit must be spot on, Bond like even.
Light grey is the wedding suit staple, it compliments more complexions than any other colour, provides great contrast for the wedding colour scheme, and compliments almost any bridal gown colour.
Black is sophisticated, and is the only colour (so I am informed) that is acceptable at an Italian wedding, but black can be limiting in other respects. If black is your new black, then perhaps soften the overall effect with a cream coloured bespoke shirt , and brightly coloured contrasting pocket square. Black shoes only (unless you are going retro in which case white patent are acceptable, but only for the seriously brave and funky!).
Ivory is for beach weddings, for those of us blessed with a contrasting skin tone, John Travolta or throwbacks like myself. Wear with care.
Charcoal grey is more formal and a very smart option. The lighter coloured fleck in the cloth such as is evident in mohair and flannel, soften the overall effect.
Bright colours show confidence, a sense of fun and hopefully that you have chosen with the assistance of the bride! Powder blue and dusk pink were incredibly popular last season, and similar colours have already been sought after this season. Choose a colour that compliments your complexion, and be sure to accesorise with contrasting, more muted colours i.e. dark brown and tortoiseshell shades. Choose shoe colour very wisely also!
Navy Blue is becoming increasingly popular. Silk navy suits or mohair navy suits being the most common and the most fetching.
You, or more likely your bride, may want some element of your suit to reflect the wedding's colour scheme, so come to your initial consultation armed with the prerequisite colours. It is a popular choice to have the back of your waistcoat, and also your jacket lining match the colour scheme.
Tweed has become a very popular option for wedding suits. Check and herringbone weaves have been most popular at A Suit That Fits, and the variety of colour and pattern is vast. Choose any cloth that has some colour that compliments your complexion and you won't go far wrong. Be aware that tweed is designed to keep you warm.
Worsted wool in all weights is also designed to keep you warm, so choose the weight carefully. However, if you like a lot of texture in your cloth, you are going to favour the heavier weights like flannels.
Mohair is goats wool and is lightweight and NOT designed to keep you warm. The weave of mohair is mesh-like, and so the fabric 'breathes', thus keeping you cool. In addition, due to it's inherent rigidity, mohair keeps it's creases for longer than worsted wools, and so is a fantastic choice for a wedding suit.
Silk is super sexy, feels great to wear and has a sheen which a lot of people favour at events such as weddings. It does not hold it's crease as well as mohair, and can crease more easily, but is worth the investment as an occasional suit.
The above suggestions are exactly that, suggestions and are not exhaustive. If you would like help planning and designing your wedding suit, A Suit That Fits' style advisors are on hand to assist in every way sartorial.
Best of luck!
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