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If you would like a fully bespoke wedding suit or even matching a accessories to match your wedding colours at an affordable price try A Suit That Fits.
We have our regional location based in Birmingham with over 31 locations through the UK and now open in New York and Dublin (Southern Ireland) coming soon With over 40 billion different styling attributes. We can create your perfect design and fit. We can tailor a garment down to a quarter inch of its life allowing us to design the style you have always dreamed about.
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...
I think it is fair to say that it pays to plan ahead, particularly where weddings are concerned. So why is this seldom the case where grooms are concerned?. In my four years tailoring for A Suit That Fits, it has been the exception and not the rule for grooms to make an appointment at any of the studios which I man, with time enough between getting measured and first fitting to ensure we have plenty of time for fittings and alterations before the maiden voyage.
However, in the last 6 months I've received an inordinate number of grooms at my studios in Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff are keen to discuss their suiting requirements up to 12 months in advance; very impressive chaps! But why does it pay to plan ahead?The most cost-effective way to have a suit made by A Suit That Fits is to order it with our 6 - 8 week leadtime, which is free of charge. However, for those who may have missed the boat already, we have 3 and 4 week options available also which cost 95 and 75 respectively. It should be noted that this is the time taken to make your suit using your measurements and to your design and does not include the time taken for alterations, generally 3 weeks per set of alterations following a fitting appointment.
Not that 3 weeks is how long a typical alteration costs, no, no, no; this is how long the queue is for our 30 branches customer's suits to be adjusted by our four amazing seamsters and seamstresses; you see, business is brisk!Now, I'm often asked what a groom should bring to his first measuring appointment. to which I typically reply; yourself, your betrothed if applicable, and, above all, a timely arrival . However, if you really are starting from a blank canvas and have a year or more to go, you may not have considered the finer details pertaining to the design of your wedding suit: colour-scheme of wedding; colour of brides dress - if indeed you are permitted to know it, which is seldom the case - the style of wedding, for example vintage; or what shoes, or perhaps it won't be shoes at all, perhaps it will be a Converse sneaker, which are more common than you might think.So, where wedding specific details are in short-supply, I would suggest coming to the appointment with style ideas alone: consider who your sartorial heroes are - for more on this see my Sartorial Heroes Series Blog - bring images from magazines or use the internet, available at all of our studio, to show us images of suits that have inspired you or that you thought looked great!Using our clever design-wizard, a utilitarian step-by-step app. for designing a suit, and the assistance of our keen-eyed style advisors, you will design a suit with confidence in very little time at all. What can take a little longer is choosing a cloth and a lining: the cloth should be in keeping with the theme of the day; whether that be traditional, or vintage or even regatta, and as a suit's lining often reflects the colour-scheme it is best left until you and your betrothed have discussed the option of incorporating the colour-scheme in the lining of your suit. Simon Price was one such groom who ordered well in advance of his August wedding day - Record Store Day in April to be exact, an annual event for me so it sticks in my mind - and enjoyed several fittings and adjustments for both himself and his groomsman, who wore matching pale grey suits with a summery powder-blue stripe. The pictures speak for themselves but it's clear that when the groom and his entourage wear matching suits, the effect is rather striking; matching shirts and ties also play a large part in achieving such a well groomed, ahem, look. In this instance, think it was a nice gesture for the groom to afford his groomsman the opportunity to choose their own lining, as Oliver and Julian have done here.
So, if you know that you are getting married, and you are considering wearinga suit, best book an appointment sooner rather than later!
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.
Why shouldn't you bother? It's her day- fine, but it's also your day.
Men prefer to hide behind the statement; it's her day thus they get less involved with the wedding planning, agreed. However don't allow this attitude to reflect on your effort.
Try to complement your bride's remarkable wedding gown with a befitting suit, dinner suit or a morning coat - which ever you opt for. Your big day is one of those very few exceptions where everything must be perfect as it is in any man's life. I'm certain you and your bride have gone through utmost diligence to ensure the day is exquisite; but did you discuss what you and your best man (or groomsmen if you are having an army) will be wearing on the day? Some men don't discuss this with their brides as it seems trivial to them; only if they knew that all eyes will be turned on the groom as well as the bride on the day.
Would you agree, you need to discuss what you're going to wear?. The question you need to ask yourself is, will I be hiring, buying off-the-peg or going bespoke? If you decide on hiring because it's economical, fine. However, look at it from this perspective, would you hire a suit for 130 (this is the rough price you'll pay for three piece suit ) when you can get a tailored suit from 259? My opinion, that's not worth it; why should I pay for 50% of the suit's cost for one day hire? Besides the price factor, it will be tricky for you to get a suit that will perfectly fit you- and I don't think your bride will appreciate it if you're wearing an ill-fitted suit on your big day.
On the other hand, off-the-peg suit you can buy and own- for life! The prices are even attractive; you'll be able to pick one up from 180. Fitting? You might be lucky to pick one off-the-peg that needs no adjustments (if you already know the store where their size fits you well) or little adjustment. In which case, you can take to your local alteration centre to get it adjusted. Ahh..wait, not that simple! Two questions, first, who will be responsible for the suit if the alteration center ruin it? Second, how are you going to ensure none of your guests will show up at your wedding wearing the same suit as you- the groom (that's happened before)?! After-all the entire store you bought the suit from is not exclusive to you, is it? Think about it.
These are the three secrets suit retailers don't want you to know
On the contrary, you've the option of going bespoke- not as expensive as you think. You can get your hands on your fully tailored wedding suit from 259. I know, hard to believe, but the Nation's Local Tailor made this possible. I can guarantee three things if you go down this route.
Cardiff, and moreover, Wales, has been on my sartorial radar since I moved to Bristol back in January 2010. When we first met, my partner in style, the amazing Saffron Darby, lived and worked in Swansea as senior designer for Toast no less and whilst Saffron has now decamped to Bristol to raise our daughter Grace Blake - whom regular readers will recognise as the purveyor of the 'dribble square' - the Welsh are a very large demographic for Bristol's local tailors.
It wasn't 3 months that A Suit That Fits' first studio outside of London had been open before it was evident that I had a lot of sartorially inclined customers coming over the bridge - and paying for the privilege upon their return to the valleys.
Outrageous! I thought. So we opened an A Suit That Fits tailorstop in Cardiff, first in the city centre and now in the historic Cardiff Bay.I think it's safe to say that wedding suits are the main staple of my tailoring here in the Bay and it's refreshing that so many of the grooms really do take an interest in what they wear on the big day.But seldom do I have the opportunity to make a double breasted suit for a wedding, and being a fan of the DB, what a treat it was to fashion one for patron James for his wedding in Siena. As James prefers a close fitting jib, our TLN cloth was chosen as it has plenty of stretch in it affording the wearer a closer fit but without being restrictive - which is just as well as to show-off a DB suit to full-effect it really must remain fastened at all times; I cannot abide these DB wearers who insist on wearing them unfastened.
wear a single breasted jacket man, ye gads!. James wears his lapel long - as does Bristol's local tailor, as it happens - affording the wearer a more svelte silhouette and avoiding the boxy appearance which DB's are oft associated with.
NB for a time, both double breasted and single breasted jackets were cut with a boxy silhouette but whilst the cut of a single breasted jacket has evolved to be more 'waisted' i.e. narrow in the middle, the db has been slow to follow suit, ahem.The pale grey colour of James' suit is a wedding staple, and as it suits more complexions than any other colour it is not surprising. And whilst I've always maintained that a tailor-made garment is a work in progress until such time as the owner wears it for the first time - after pressing, of course - it is then, and only then, that the dream is realised.I think that the photos of our James' suit proves this point unequivocally and so without further ado I'll leave you to enjoy a shining example of how double breasted can be worn, and, in my humble opinion, should be worn and more often!
Congratulations to the very happy couple..
Somebody once asked 'whatever happened to the likely lads?' Well, I can tell you. They were all in attendence at Customer Nick Cross's wedding!
Nick was referred to A Suit That Fits by man about town and long-time A Suit That Fits patron Tom Hughes. Nick's brief was for two 3pc suits, for groom and best man, and four 2pc suits; all matching design and all navy blue.
Aside the obvious logistical difficulties - Nick works nights and one of the groomsmen serves Queen and country and is based at Plymouth - the apparent hectic schedules of each of the groomsmen meant that we never once saw them all in the same room.
So you can imagine our delight on Queen Square when we received this pic of the lads together - complete with 1969 VW split screen camper: the wedding wheels in the background - looking sharp as razors in their matching regalia.
Blue has definitely trumped grey this wedding season, and whether navy, petrol or even sky blue there are myriad shades and, moreover, cloths to choose from.
Suiting cloth colour still wins the day when it comes to deciding on what to wear - as it should, you'll be looking at your wedding photos for a long time to come - very closely followed by texture, finish and weight.
Unless you have a colour in mind, for example one that compliments the wedding dress or is the colour you and your bride have agreed you'd like to be married in, I believe it is important to select a suiting cloth that compliments your complexion; hair colour, eye colour, skin tone as this suit will always 'suit' you.
Nick's choice of navy blue looked good on all the lads and made them all look sharp - in some instances the transformation was remarkable, taking the wearer from beach bum to sartorially savvy, but I will mention no names..
The colour scheme of your wedding can be reflected, if desired, in the lining of your suit and, if a 3pc suit, the back of your waistcoat. This is particularly effective, not to mention impressive, if your betrothed is not even aware that you are familiar with the colour-scheme of your big day!
Irrespective the 'likeliness of lad' there are few who would argue that us men scrub-up well and though there are few things that we can bring to the register table, turning out in matching suits is a sure fire way to win over your bride and the congregation.
Congratulations to Lucy and Nick..
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.
Back in December when I was still working in my lovely home town of Bristol Ryan and Jen came to me for a wedding suit. They wanted to get married in the spring and wanted something special. A lovely couple, Jen came along to help pick the cloth but didn't come to subsequent fittings to keep the overall look of the suit a surprise.
Ryan's overall inspiration was Americana with a rockabilly feel. He told me about a pair of shoes he wanted to get (two tone ones) and we looked at the music video Social Distortion: Machine gun blues for inspiration (What fun!) After much dissussion Ryan decided to go for a black herringbone , HB-6 with a Burgundy red lining.
The herringbone cloth and peaked lapels kept the suit vintage, circa 1950 with the slanted pockets, single vent and tapered trousers giving it that modern twist. When Ryan came to the studio to try on his two piece suit both me and David loved the whole thing! The shoes, the tie, shirt and suit went so well together, we immediately asked Ryan and Jen if they minded us having a look at there wedding photos. The lovely couple did not disappoint and have recently been the subject of an online article at Rock and Roll Bride.
Jen and Ryan had there photo's taken by Gemma Bell from Venus Blue Imaging and were kind enough to let me put them up on our blog. Ryan's suit perfectly complimented Jennifer's dress, a custom made vintage inspired number. The whole day looks absolutely lovely.
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!
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