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Planning a wedding is a challenge, ask any one, but it can become even harder when you're instructed to stick to a theme. Hands up guys if you've ever been faced with 'sticking to the theme' for either your own or a friends wedding? Or indeed if you are currently faced with such a hurdle and all you want is a classic stylish suit that fits like a dream and you can maybe wear again? The desire to fulfil both the role of wedding suit and future use is becoming increasingly important to the dapper chap as the purse strings are pulled ever tighter.
Well here are a few challenges that some of my chaps have been faced with in the past few months, with some great options that you can go for to solve all your theme related problems.
My quick fix guide will hopefully give you a few ideas to make sure the theme is met and you've got a suit you love for however long you want it. Remember, sometimes thinking out side the box can lead to stunning results. This week I'm looking at 'Reds and pinks.'. Pink and Red
This is a lovely option if you want to keep your suit classic. Go for the contrast detailing on the button holes and a bold red splash of paisley in the lining. This option looks fantastic with the mid to dark greys or black. If you wanted to be bolder with your pink theme choose the orchid lining and slip a hot contrast colour in for added fun. When using lighter pink and red tones you can also happily play with the lighter greys.
For something really stunning go with the the image below. The mixture of both a tailcoat and waistcoat in red tones is kept classic with grey trousers and a white shirt. It's got an amazing Ascot-esk feeling and for future use you could get the lounge jacket to match.
If you going for a more subtle look you could go with a light grey two piece suit with red melton. This way you wedding suit can more easily morph into an events or work suit.
One of my clients really pulled off a more classic interpretation of the red theme by sticking with burgundy tones: Mark really shined in his suit on his wedding day. He was a little worried at first but now he really loves it. A great outfit for versatility; the jacket works well with jeans for casual honeymoon wear and it looks good with a floral Hawaiian shirt, although I did promise Mark I wouldn't put up that picture.
So, reds and pinks are a relatively easy one but getting the balance right is very important. If you really don't suit bright reds as a colour pick on softer shades and blend tones rather than having perfect matches. Having everything in just three shades can be harsh on the eye and while you do want to follow the theme, you don't want to look as if you are the theme.
As for Zombie themes, it's not something I'd advice but a background level of red works really well!
With wedding suit orders overtaking business suit orders by a country mile - whereas 50% of my time is usually spent making business suits - it's certainly more wedding suits that I'm being asked to make at the moment.
I think it's safe to say we are well and truly in the grip of wedding fever!. And not one to miss out on a photo opportunity, I even took the plunge myself recently - though not with the current Saffron Darby and not a ceremony that was legally binding you understand, but with No.
So, what to wear: Well let's start by looking at what my grooms are having made.
Brown in TownWhilst Bristol is the gateway to the South West, it is not only my rural customers who are requesting autumnal colour-ways for their big day.
I've definitely seen an increase in the number of brown suits being commissioned, and this goes hand-in-hand with the increase in vintage weddings and the more trad' style - coffee brown cashmere/wool herringbon has been popular as has brown pin stripe and chalk stripe.
That's not to say I'm not making suits in other cloths; pic-n-pic in blue - very Don Draper, the Mad Men style gathering pace in Bristol now - also Prince of Wales check in grey and even morning suits have become more popular.
However, the cloth that I'm most excited by is linen. This 3pc beige linen suit was inspired by The Great Gatsby - which although has recently been remade, I've only just seen the original!
I love linen's slightly dishevelled appearance, it's very Brits abroad. And for those who are not accustomed to wearing suits - or consider it an infringement of their human rights - then look no further than linen!
When cut to fit, and tailored to perfection, the silhouette alone is enough to show that one takes the occasion seriously enough to have gone to the trouble of having a suit made, however the lightweight and cooling nature, ney the colour itself, should provide just the right amount of flamboyance, and if necessary, rebellion.
The other benefit if linen is that I have an incredible pallette of colours from bright red, sky blue to pastels galore.
So don't take Bristol's local tailor's word for it, come see for yourself!
Oh, and best of luck on the big day..
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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
In my formative years: 9yrs old - football terrace fashion interested me much more than football terraces, and I was quick to join those leading the charge in the fashion stakes even if it cost me every penny I'd saved - causing my beloved parents no end of grief resulting in me being banned from family holidays at the age of 13 and we had to get a bus to that neighbouring town we'd been staunchly warned never to visit, not to mention a long way away when your 9.
Ironically, the sought after labels were almost exclusively associated with tennis. With the exception of Lyle Scott and Pringle, who were up until this point and thankfully have since been restored as the reserve of the golfing cognoscenti.
And though long established, these European brands were new to us and we couldn't get enough of our Lacaoste polo shirts, Fila, Tacchini and Kappa tracksuits, Ellesse caps, Lois cords (in sky blue, obviously, and hems split at the side seam) and Kicker boots, ah the memories. But back then it wasn't only new and exciting it was exclusive, something that cannot be said of football fashion today. Anyone can acquire the myriad brands at high street sports stores up and down the country.
So what of the old rear guard? What of chaps who still want to show their true colours, whilst remaining a cut above the rest, but who may not pass off a shiny tracksuit in the boardroom?
The answer is simple, personalise your bespoke suit with your teams strip!
Not even David Beckham, who is surely a sartorial inspiration for legion fans everywhere, has paid homage to his teams by wearing their colours in his suit .
Well, such is Darren Cox's love for his team - and one must imagine Claire's for Darren - that he had his wedding suit lined with QPR's strip!
There can be no denying the passion and commitment of an ardent football fan, so if your are commited to your cause, and want to wear your colours on or in your sleeve - not to mention the back the side and the front - and above all things keeping your look ship shape and Bristol fashion, maybe it's time you moved into the sartorial premier league and had your suits tailored in Bristol (City or Rovers), Manchester (United of City), or any one of our 34 locations nationwide.
Want to look very dapper for a wedding? Then here are some top style tips to help you choose the dress code:
If you are in doubt check with the bride what colours are being used as this is both your big days. What type of wedding do you want? What is the main colour theme? How much colour detail would you like even if it's just little touches like a or a for the inside lining of the suit.
Black Tie - means bow tie or skinny black tie which is very fashionable at the moment. This is a dress code reserved usually for evening events and social functions. For a man, this is a usually a black jacket, known as a dinner jacket or tuxedo.
White Tie - or evening dress, full evening dress top hat and tails or white tie and tails is the most formal evening dress code. It is worn to ceremonial occasions such as state dinners in some countries, as well as to very formal balls and evening weddings. The chief components for men are the black dress coat commonly known as an evening tailcoat, white bow tie, white waistcoat and starched wing collar shirt, while women wear a suitable dress for the occasion, such as an evening gown.
As evening dress, white tie is traditionally considered correct only after 6pm, although some etiquette authorities allow for it anytime after dark even if that means prior to 6pm.
Cocktail - means a dark suit Formal means wear a suit probably still dark unless they mean black-tie. Informal means lose the tie. As a rule of thumb overdressed is better than undressed, but never be more formal than the groom as this is his day. Lapels - a peak collar works very well adding depth to the body and looks very masculine. Ideal if you are tall and thin. A notch collar works really well if you are slightly shorter and broader. Style -a one button or a two button single breasted suit is perfect allowing for a great silhouette or a three button single breasted for that city gent look. Timing - Summer or winter - if your wedding is in the summer or abroad why not try a linen suit or wool and silk,or mohair In the winter there are some great fabrics too like wool and cashmere, or pure wool.
Shoes - in most cases your shoes should be black lace-ups or Oxfords, this does include morning dress, white tie and black tie. Patent shoes are acceptable.
The Bride's dress is embroidered to perfection, the flowers are preened and the venue is dazzling. Meanwhile, the Groomsmen are looking stylish; their suits are tailored and pressed to perfection, their cravats folded and pinned exquisitely and the boutonnieres are held firmly in place.
At A Suit That Fits, we love tailoring suits for special occasions - and they don't come much more special than your big day. That's why our team are absolutely thrilled that we've been nominated for !.
Voting is open until 1st August 2011 and, if you loved your wedding suit as much as we loved tailoring it, we'd really appreciate it if you're able to vote for us. If you'd like to cast a vote for A Suit That Fits, please click here .
In the years that I have been helping brides and grooms find the perfect suit their big day, the Prince Edward Suit has become an increasingly popular option for those who desire an elegant traditional suit for their wedding without the formality of the tail coat.
Here at A That Fits we can create for you your own take on this classic . Every has its own story to tell and the story of the Edward is an exceptional one.
This suit was first worn by Edward VII, whilst he was still the Prince of Wales - a trend setter in the Victorian era. He was also the first gentleman to wear a short jacket to the races and the person responsible for much of what we stylish gents wear today.
The cut of the Prince Edward jacket is three-quarter length, usually in black or grey, single breasted with four buttons. It is worn with a contrasting trouser in a grey and black stripe or a trouser matching the cloth of the jacket. This is put together with a six-button, single-breasted waistcoat or a four-button, double-breasted waistcoat.
This gives you a very classical design without the need to look overly formal with a top hat and cane, although even these extra stylish additions can still be used as options for your wedding .
It's now a matter of hours until the Royal Wedding kicks off and whether you plan to watch the event or not there will be no escaping the hype surrounding THE wedding of the year - make that decade or two! With an early start and an extra holiday day for all there's no better excuse to get dressed up and join in with the celebrations.
If, like us, your invite was lost in the post you might have resorted to heading down to the local pub to watch the but every effort should still be made to dress the part.
Britain has a wealth of style and sartorial heritage so there's plenty to choose from when it comes to dressing for a wedding whether you're the groom, a groomsman or guest. Prince William will be in military uniform for the ceremony tomorrow but if he wasn't he'd probably wear a morning suit which is the appropriate dress for a wedding before sunset. If you prefer a less formal look then a three-piece suit is the way to go. Alternatively you could play it low key with a simple two-piece suit and add flamboyancy with bold linings , a jazzy pair of cufflinks and embroidered shirt cuffs. If you've been invited to the evening do of a wedding then the safest and one of the most dapper bets is a Dinner suit .
Wills here opts for a satin seam trouser which adds a hint of luxury to the overall look, having the glamorous Ms. Middleton on his arm doesn't hurt either!. If the Royal Wedding has stolen your own wedding thunder this year then make up for it with a suit that would make Wills green with envy.
This gent got married at the beginning of April. He came to us for something slightly different: a divided collar. Not many people have seen one so here is an example of one. A divided collar is great for that special event such as a wedding.
The style is made up from two different cloths, one full suit fabric on the outer body and the other on the collar, but only normally on the inside of the collar as shown in the picture.
The look works very well, adding body to your chest and it teams up perfectly with a three-piece suit and normally a rouched cravat tie. Above is a picture showing a very dapper navy version that I have just made for a customer. I have used an outer fabric with a dark navy contrast for the divided collar, made out of Blue Collection D-7, to maintain the same colour theme, but also to give a very elegant whilst not over-powering look.
As a general rule wearing black and blue together is usually avoided and has historically carried the same level of fashion faux-pas as combining orange and pink in an outfit choice. But like all rules, especially fashion rules, they are made to be broken and if you can get away with it then you should make the most of it.
You do however need the right attitude to pull off this colour clash especially when the outfit in question is a . Take a leaf out of Evan Rachel Wood's book and pull the look together with some contrasting statement .
The purple shoes and handbag give the look an edgy Goth feel and the texture of this suit makes it even louder. Even Wood's orange hair adds an extra element of colour clashing to top the look off. A bold move for a red carpet full of the usual designer dresses, but what a way to stand out from the crowd!. Click here to see our version of a ladies black and blue suit, it's a more understated style but will look great worn with either a crisp, white or pure black shirt .The orange hair is an optional extra.
Guys, why not try a black and blue combo for your next suit the image below is a wedding suit, you can see the details of the colour and fabric options here.
Black and blue, it's the new black in the sartorial world and will make you stand out from the crowd at your next formal event.
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