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So, here it is my first blog for about 3 years and it all began whilst browsing through a bridal magazine.
magazines portray that romantic and exciting imagery for those that are about to say their I Dos, to get ideas and inspiration and make those women who are usually of perfect sanity transform into the 'Bridezillas'.
However, the first thing that I observed was, 'Where is the section for grooms?' Not a single mention, article or area focused on suits and the different styles of tailoring that could be available, nada, nothing, zilch! Now, I am not sure why this came to my attention, maybe I read these magazines with a different eye from my time in the industry... But surely there should be a segment for the Grooms?
Even if there's a few pages at the back, if you turn the magazine back to front and upside down to segregate the two sections or even if its just one singular page within the magazine, why can this not be in place?A wedding in my mind (and I hope in others) is about unity, the Bride and the Groom announcing their love for each other... so why be just about the bride? There are 2 people involved in a marriage and two little people on the wedding cake so let's release the articles and imagery for the grooms!
TV shows such as '' have brought the roles of weddings to the foreground in terms of the groom playing the role that is usually taken over by the bride. Yes, perhaps the show was created to either make a point that a groom is more than capable of making those oh so important and stressful decisions. However, my opinion is that these shows have only enforced the mindsets that the Grooms will not be as able as the bride, maybe even to make them appear inadequate.
From working in bridal, I completely understand that the dress is the key item, that all-important moment. How about for the groom? Is their suit as important as the bride's dress? In my eyes, yes! A woman can't wear her wedding dress more than once, but can somehow justify buying an expensive gown for just one day. So why should the groom skimp out on his suit? Is this not as important? Plus, as much as it being a special occasion and you want to look and feel your best, a suit has the versatility that you can wear it again and again! It's a win win!
And how's this for an idea... when you and your soul mate hit that 25 year anniversary and if you feel like renewing your wedding vows (as this seems to be the fashionable thing to do, even if you have only hit 7 years!). It could be a rather fun idea to get the suit you wore all those years ago made again! You may have gained some extra padding in those 25 years, but we could accommodate that in the style of the era and in a suit that fits- excuse the pun!In an age where convenience has replaced quality, the Wedding Dress seems to have escaped this. Is it the case for the guys? With a grooms suit there should be a focus, they should be able to feel that they can have that rock star treatment the brides receive, where they find their perfect suit and have just as many options.
The man should not be made to feel like a second class member of what should be the most important day of his life. As much as he may want to spoil his eternal soul mate, he wants to feel equality throughout the planning, the wedding and the entire marriage! The independent bridal store is such an integral place on the high street but the men are left to head to department stores such as Debenhams or Marks and Spencer. Not that there's anything wrong with the quality of the suits, it's the fact that the man's clothes are an afterthought.
This is where bespoke tailoring needs to be pushed and pushed. In the film High Society starred Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and the plot centered on weddings, this just oozed pure class and elegance. Men look so handsome and debonair. To me this is the feeling a man should have when picking (in some cases) his perfect suit. Back then suits were tailor made, fitted to you and you only, your chance at making a statement.
At the end of the day form is temporary and class is permanent. Class is timeless and you can never pay too much for quality and confidence.
And yet, down here in the South West, 2013 has been like no other where weddings are concerned and I'll explain why;
Firstly, grooms have been ordering their wedding suits, or at least making inquiries, up to 18 months in advance: unprecedented!
Secondly, I have received an increasing number of orders from the best men - and also from the wedding guests - among you to wear to a wedding where the groom may, or may not, have commissioned a suit to be made for himself. A risky business I say..
Now, I'm all in favour of you chaps taking the necessary steps to ensuring that you look the part and do not let the groom down by getting yourself kitted out with some serious schmutter, but it is considered good form to follow the grooms lead in terms of attire: whilst this may offend your sartorial sensibilities, and may even require that you don an ill-fitting rental for the day it's his day, nay, her day, lest we not forget.
I read recently on Pinterest that style is knowing who you are, how you want to present yourself and not caring what others think, and there's a lot of truth in that statement. So here is your opportunity to prove yourself to be the best man it is possible to be: how? By ensuring that the groom, your best friend, your son, your brother, your charge looks his best on the day and wears something that makes him look elegant, dashing, slimmer, taller and above all, like marriage-material!
Generally speaking, the bride will be the one to encourage her groom to wear something special for the big day - or failing that something appropriate - and, if budget allows, to even kit-out the best man and groomsman in something similar or at least chosen by the bride and groom to ensure the wedding photos are not spoiled by random flights of fancy or misconstrued interpretations of a suit, smart dress and, in particular morning dress - his is not a dressing gown or one's underpants by the way chaps.
So, if you have booked yourself an appointment with your tailor, have the decency to take-along your groom and introduce him to your tailor and a world of gentrification, a choice of fine cloths and polite conversation where style is the order of the day and personal preference is something that is encouraged.
Be warned, however, that your groom (or indeed, his betrothed) may have designs of their own and may require that you follow suit..ahem.
And so, to assist you in your plight, be encourage by those that have gone before and have both have suits made by A Suit That Fits and have taken advantage of our wedding suit package offering.
My thanks to Clive for providing the photos of his son's wedding, both father and son looking very sharp indeed: Clive wears green and orange country-check suit to Dean's brown herringbone flannel suit.
Here we have one of my clients; Indy, who is showing off the wedding suit I helped him to design a few months ago.
In the end Indy went for a stylish three piece suit in a navy cloth which worked perfectly with the colour theme for the wedding day. The jacket Indy designed had a classic feel to it with two button fastening at the front, slanted pockets and a notched lapel.
All of these design options are a very formal choice and would look perfect at any wedding; however, we decided to remove the flaps from the pockets to give the suit more of a relaxed feel and to make sure it felt like more of a wedding suit as opposed to something that Indy would wear to the office!. The waistcoat is again a very classic design with five buttons, a notched base and two pockets. The five button placement on the waistcoat allows it to be visible once the jacket is done up (as you can see from the image). This gives a very smart, stylish and simple look. To complement the rest of the garment Indy teamed his new bespoke suit, with a bespoke shirt and gold tie to match the colour theme of the wedding.
The trousers are a very simple design with cross pockets and no back pockets to help hold the shape and keep an overall slimmer look throughout. A suit like Indy's can be found in our professional range starting from 379 and would add an elegant touch to your special day.
They say that clothes maketh the man - I'm of the opinion that accessories maketh the suit!Though summer is traditionally wedding high-season, here in the South West we do things a little differently, and my grooms are only just trying on their suits for the first time and considering what accessories to compliment their whistles come their Autumn weddings.
When I'm measuring a groom for a , the accessory (if one can consider an accessory) that I'm most interested in is his ; why? Because will dictate the cut of the trouser leg at the ankle more often than not, and once we have the cut of the trousers and the taken care if we're almost at the alter!For example; the hem of one's trousers will ideally hover .
50 .75 above the heel of traditional heeled-shoes - though this will depend how narrow the ankle of the trousers is as a narrow width will not sit as low so bear this in mind if you have sock-phobia!Above the arch of the shoe i.e. the laces, there should be no more than a single break - the dent in the crease of your trousers at shin-level.If slip-ons, trainers or flip-flops - I'm a fan by the way - are to be worn then the trousers ought be bootcut and longer in length i.e. inline with the heel of your foot.Shirt The shirt must complement the suit colour, for example; ivory coloured shirts will provide a softer, more traditional, or vintage, look for grey, black or blue suits, whereas white will give a sharper, more classic look.
Whichever you choose, ensure the shirt colour does not clash with the wedding dress colour - if in doubt choose white, better still, take advice from your betrothed!Tie In most cases the colour of the tie is the same as the wedding colour-scheme i.e. the colour of the bridesmaids dresses and flowers, and, ergo, some thought should be given to the wedding suit cloth at an early stage to ensure the tie complements the suit itself.Some thought should also be given to the colour of the shirt as it will provide the backdrop for the tie.Whilst narrow-ties have enjoyed a renaissance of late, be sure to wear a tie that is proportionate to your frame - I'll say no more.Pocket Square or corsage: That is the question Whilst I am of the school of thought that believes that a pocket square/silk-handkerchief or pochette - call it what you will - is required to complete the look of a suit, they may be superfluous to requirements on the big day if you are to wear a corsage. Let taste be your guide, but I see no harm in carrying your pocket square wit you and whipping-it out for the reception to give your suit a more evening appeal!Fob watchIf wearing a 3pc suit - without doubt the most popular style of suit for weddings, in my book at least - it is an almost natural inclination to want to adorn it with a fob watch, as our forebears would have when 3pc suits were de rigueur and chunky time pieces had not even been thought of by scuba divers - nor had the aqualung for that matter!And why not, there are some fabulous fob watches around, both antique and new. Of course, if you're lucky enough to have been passed-down your grandfather's fob watch, then I think there can be no better compliment to one's wedding suit.Whatever you choose to wear with your suit, ensure the colours of the accessories compliment the suit, and that your suit compliments your brides dress. You may only be in attendance to make up numbers, but revel in what you wear to the party and dont' forget the most important wedding accessory of all.a cigar!. My thanks to Craig and Jackie Pask for allowing me to use this photo of Craig looking ever so debonair at their wedding, and also to Hana Lee , Craig's style advisor.
For many grooms, the speech is a subject of dread. In a day largely focused on the bride, this is the moment at which the spotlight falls firmly on the groom and increasingly, expectations are high (thanks, Tom from McFly).
Experienced writers and public speakers/performers are in the minority and even they will sometimes feel overwhelmed by the occasion. It's a real shame, because the groom should relish the chance to take centre stage; take a bow for putting on a great party; thank the people who helped to make it happen. If fear is your enemy, remember that you're giving an informal thank you to your friends and family, raising a toast to your missus, not performing stand-up with George Osborne's Wacky Budget Fun Hour as your warm-up. So why worry?
Yes, I'm a professional speech writer and I know something that most people don't: where to start. It's said that the groom's speech is just a long list of thanks and there's a lot of truth in that. Think about the people you'd like to honour (the parents of bride and groom are a safe bet) and what you'd like to thank them for. Word your thanks as simply and as honestly as possible - there will be time later to refine the wording if need be, so don't worry about getting it right first time. Naturally the main focus of your thanks will be the bride. Recount the journey that brought you together, let her know how she's changed your life. Again, focus on the feelings you want to get across rather than the words at this stage.
Structural Integrity Ordering your speech properly will help massively when it comes to writing a final draft. You close with a toast to the bridesmaids and by setting up the best man (you knew that). The best way to open is by giving your speech a brief intro; a teaser to let everyone know what's in store. Follow this with your thanks and then segue into your thank you to the bride. Follow with your toast to her bridesmaids for the support they've given her and you can see how easily you'll be able to link this to your introduction of the best man. It might not be seamless, but it should give the thing a flow.
Joking Aside Most people want to raise the odd giggle when giving a speech at a wedding, but we're not all gifted joke writers, so it's tempting to trawl the net for wedding gags. Some of them are hilarious, granted, but most are instantly forgettable. The laughs that really stick are the anecdotes; the honest tales about your relationship that made it such a fun ride. The real trick is to note a single, stand-out characteristic of the bride - maybe she's a bit ditzy, or opinionated - and then tell a story that shows what you've said about her to be true.
Style It Out It's generally a good idea to have a copy of the speech at hand, even if you know it by heart. If you make a mistake or an ad-lib and lose your place, you'll welcome the reminder. Don't try to cover up your fluffs - it's all part of the fun. Let your tailor know whether you'll be packing cue cards, folded A4 or a scroll, so they can give you the right pocket.
Stigma 't isn't With all the will in the world, some of us still need help to write a speech we feel confident about reading and there's no shame in this. Don't think of it as paying someone to do your homework for you; the fact is, you'll still be the creative force behind the speech. The writer will simply listen to your thoughts, feelings and stories and put them into words. You should be engaged in the process of refinement too, so what you end up with is emphatically your speech. You can hire a Staggered speech writer through http://www.iamstaggered.com
It seems that whichever cloths A Suit That Fits introduces to it's range, it is without question the petrol-navy of each collection which is most popular.
And whilst it is not an exact science, I would imagine what this, typically iridescent, shade invokes in one's customers is that it is not the shade of blue associated with suits e.
g. a plain solid colour like a navy, but a break from the norm without breaking entirely from tradition - a great majority of the business suits I make are blue as it is an acceptable colour for the workplace without the somber-formality of grey. But it is for weddings in particular that the popularity of petrol-navy suiting is most evident. Tom is one such chap who chose petrol blue for his wedding suit - Tom also chose to compliment his suit with one of the brightest linings which we have; an iridescent paisley yellow!
Surprising as this may sound, it is yellow, closely followed by pink that are some of the most popular lining-colours for the blue suits my customers have made, and Tom used this accent colour to great effect;
His bespoke white shirt has yellow contrasting-stitching around each button hole. He carries a yellow paisley pocket square (not shown - as pointed out by an avid Twitter follower!). And his oxblood brogues are off-set by yellow socks, of course. They even have individually-sourced yellow and burgundy-coloured laces!
I think a golf-clap is due, given Tom's shining example of what can be achieved when one puts one's mind to it..
When Raphael popped in to our City Road studio to design his wedding suit we had only just launched our printed linings. There was a real buzz about the studio as no one had yet made one and everyone was really excited to see how it would turn out.
Raphael wanted something that was timelessly stylish with interesting detail and something to add that little extra pazazz. Our printed linings did just that! He went with a two button jacket with double vents at the back.
Seen here with the pockets tucked in, he has slanted flapped pockets and a notched lapel. This, more traditional style makes Raphael's suit incredibly versatile, adding in the red melton, red stitching on the cuffs, personalised lining and using a more modern colour blue in a mohair cloth kept it extra special. A Suit That Fits made the perfect wedding suit for me. The personal stylist guided me through every step of the process, showed me different options and gave good advice. The suit is splendid, very slick, perfectly cut and incredibly elegant. The printed lining gives the absolute never-seen-before wow effect.
Both my bride and our guests were stunned.
Since Kylie Minogue's blog for Style.com's new Style Map is dedicated this week to chic floral designer Jeff Leatham (see here), I thought I would use this post to explore his sense of style, which includes, as you will see, more than just flowers and candles.
Apart from being artistic director of the in Paris, Leatham's adventurous way of dressing is one of his most stylish attributes.
More famous, of course, for designing floral arrangements for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Hillary Clinton and the Dalai Lama (work the International Herald Tribune describes as the floral equivalent of haute-couture), what has largely gone unnoticed in all this floral attention is the style he brings to his person. From the white satin-lined shawl collar tuxedo he wore at Cartagena's Hotel Santa Clara in May (bottom) to the glorious black tie formalwear he was photographed in recently on the roof of the George V Hotel in Paris (below), the handsome Leatham excels sartorially as well as florally.
Who better to offer up as inspiration to our distinguished A Suit That Fits clientele than this god of flowers and garments? xoxo. .
To say that Bristol's local tailor is in the throes of wedding fever would be putting it mildly; I've not stopped measuring grooms since January!
And whilst I may still receive the odd request for a-suit-in-a-hurry, on the whole grooms have certainly got better at planning ahead.
Mr Hollis was one such groom which afforded him the opportunity to experiment with different styles of trousers; one pair was 1.5 shorter so as to avoid too much break (the dent in the crease of one's trousers between shin and shoe, or worse 'puddling') and giving a very mod-style , the other with a little more than the obligatory single break, as is the style these days.
The Electric Blue Suit!
Here at A Suit That Fits we spend a lot of time making the perfect bespoke suits to fit your body and budget. The latest and others call it indigo blue is being worn by everybody from Royal's to Celebrity's all over the world.
Here at A Suit That Fits Birmingham this is the latest colour which is the must have wedding suit this year what a colour Electric blue the three piece is the best. I had a look around the high street recently all the way from Birmingham to Dublin. I couldn't see anything in this amazing colour, I must say a bespoke suit in Electric blue looks fantastic. As styled below by Ryan Gosling/Tom Cruise/Prince Frederik and Robbie Williams. What I find interesting about the Electric blue suit is that this can be worn for every occasion as a casual suit or a smart business suit or a evening suit.
Your choice what style would you choose ? a slim notched collar or wider peaked collar or even a shawl collar or a contrasting collar with a different colour!. With over 33 office locations now through the UK and now in Southern Ireland (Dublin) and also New York you should treat yourself to an affordable bespoke suit.
Would you go for the slim fit or the ultra fitted look? You could even design a wider flair or boot cut trousers ? We have over 40 billion style options so you should find the perfect style that your after. This is tailoring made easy!
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