Mens Suits, the low down
Whether it be a traditional suit or you like to follow trends and go the Peaky Blinder route there are two ways to do this on the day. One is purchasing the other hiring.
The key advantage of purchasing is that generally the tailoring is free. This is critical as a suit should look fitted and sharp. If you feel well fitted in a suit, this will change how you feel and allow you to strut your stuff. Rental offers you the opportunity to hire a wide range of suits, just be careful they are well measured as there are some quick tricks to being sharp. It may surprise you but it is sometimes not much more to buy a suit than hire one.
There are four things that will make you look sharp
Fitting is critical. You should always have your sleeve slightly shorter than your wrist joint to expose the shirt at least half an inch as this breaks the lines. As you can see above, this is missing. It also adds a dose of refinement if you choose cufflinks over standard button fitments on your shirt.
An Italian fit will give you a hugging suit which is great for most slight or athletic types however if you fancy a pint or two and have wrapped your abs in a thick blanket of love then a standard fitment may be for you. When it comes to trying it on, you should be able to button it up and lift both arms. If you cannot do this, it is not the right size for you.
Choice of material is important too. If you sweat a lot under pressure a tweed or thick material may be better at hiding a sweat spot than a fine wool light grey suit. As funny as Lee Evans is, I am sure you don’t want to look like you have been in a water fight on your day. When it comes to the trousers, if it feels too tight around the waist, get it tailored. Risking them being tight may result in split pants and lost buttons. It happened to me last year when I was sporting bright pink boxers on to everyone’s amusement. Make sure your trousers touch your shoes and have socks that do not stand out like Blackpool Illuminations
The truth is you can make a budget suit look expensive. The trick is to first of all make it well fitted then you accessorize! Armed with a high quality shirt with double cuffs (make sure arm length is long enough to expose out of the sleeve) a great tie with a few additions you are there. If you are wearing a slim fit suit then a slim fit tie will go better with it.
To stand out from the crowd, a pocket handkerchief, a tie bar, hat and albert chain all make a great addition. Beware though as the colour combination is important or all your hard work has gone to waste. When it comes to shoes the rule of thumb is simple. If you wear blues and grey generally the brown shoes are favoured over black shoes. Both can offer different outlooks.
You pocket handkerchief can be mismatched in colour. Check out on the forums how to fold it properly though or this will slide down within minutes. A top tip would be to use a small safety pin which will hold it in place all day.
Finally, If you are not wearing a flower, you can get some great metal badges and alternative flowers online. Follow your brides lead and get on Pinterest! Finally get yourself a belt! When doing so, if it is not your key feature of a suit, think about your buckle colour in reference to the rest of a suit. Like a car, if your car is sprayed black, bright silver rims will stand out just like a chrome buckle.
So here are some great places to shop at Phenominal Value:
Suits at the Cavani Wedding range as pictured HERE
Shirts at TK Maxx offering the best value for the quality HERE
A big shout out to Swarbricks who offer suit hire and purchasing. You can find them HERE