The birds are chirping, hibernating animals are wiggling out of their burrows, those snow mounds that you swore would never go away have finally disappeared, and that can only mean one thing – Spring is here!
For many, that simply means warmer weather and more hours of sunshine. For others, it means wedding season is quickly approaching.
If you’re on the hunt for wedding suits for men, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. If you’re the groom, planning for a wedding is a huge deal, and you want to make sure that you look as awesome as possible on the big day.
When it comes to dressing your groomsmen, you want them to look good, too! The choices for groomsmen seem endless. How do you even choose? If you’re going to be a guest at a wedding, you don’t want to walk in wearing casual slacks while everyone else is in black tie! How do you know what to wear?
Looking for weddings suits for men doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it should be fun! Check out the advice below so that when you’re ready to begin the hunt for wedding suits for men, you’re armed with all the knowledge you need.
Wedding Suits for the Groom
Custom or Tailored?
One of the biggest questions grooms ask themselves is if they should get custom tailored suits, or if they should buy their wedding suits off the rack and simply have adjustments made. Ultimately, it’s up to you, but it’d probably be in your best interest to go the custom tailored route if the following is true:
- You find it difficult to find anything you like off the rack.
- You have a body shape that can be tricky to dress, especially when dealing with off the rack items.
- You want something unique and special that no one else anywhere will be wearing.
- You’ve run the numbers and a custom tailored suit makes sense for you, either because you’ll be able to get more than one use of out it or because cost is not an issue for your big day.
If none of these points apply to you, you may be perfectly fine choosing wedding suits for men off the rack.
Style and Fit
When it comes to style, conflicting messaging from menswear magazines, Fashion Week and your Aunt Tilly can make it seem like your head is going to explode with information overload. The following tips can help cut down on the chatter and help you come up with looks that work best for you.
- Choose the best fabrics you can afford. It doesn’t matter how beautifully a suit is cut, if the fabric is cheap, the suit is going to look cheap. Good-quality fabrics, like three-season wool that has super 150s fabric levels (the highest), will drape across your body beautifully and will feel amazing against the skin.
- Choose a suit that’s the right fit for your body type. Slim fit, classic fit and modern fit are the three main types of fit to look out for when choosing your suit.
- Slim fit suits hug the body without being too tight.
- Classic fit suits are roomier in the jacket and waist, allowing for unrestrained movement.
- Modern-fit suits fall somewhere in the middle.
- Think outside the box when it comes to color options.
- Black suits and tuxedos have long been typical for formal weddings in the US. Black is definitely the way to go for black tie weddings, but if your wedding is simply formal, you have a lot more latitude when it comes to what you wear.
- One color that stormed the men’s runway circuit this year is blue. The Dior Homme Spring and Summer 2015 shows were overrun with models wearing gorgeous suits in varying shades of blue, ranging from sharp, sleek midnight-blue suits to deep cerulean jackets and pants.
- Grey is another color that cleans up really well when it comes to wedding suits for men. Whether you choose a pale grey linen suit for a summer afternoon wedding, or a deep, charcoal grey light wool for a more buttoned-down affair, there’s bound to be a grey that goes perfectly with your skin tone and temperament.
When choosing wedding suits for men, there are tons of options to choose from for both the groom and the groomsmen, ranging from brands like Hugo Boss to Canali. Budget will be the final determining factor, but remember; at the end of the day, you’re going for good quality and a good fit.
Wedding Suits for Groomsmen
When it comes to comes to choosing wedding suits for groomsmen, the options are endless. Let your personality, and the personalities of your closest friends, shine. Your nearest and dearest buds will be standing up for you on the big day. Don’t make their look an afterthought.
Custom or Tailored?
When it comes to choosing custom tailored groomsmen suits, budget will ultimately prevail, but don’t assume “custom tailored” equals “expensive.” If you’ve got your heart set on a specific look for your groomsmen and you can’t find it off the rack, find out from a tailor how much it would cost to have the suit custom made.
You may discover that having a custom tailored suit costs less than you think. If you’re dead set on having custom groomsmen suits and doing so will be significantly more expensive than going the off the rack route, you may wish to consider covering the difference in cost.
Style and Fit
When it comes to groomsmen suits, you can go full-on traditional and have your groomsmen match. Or, you can totally mix it up and let your groomsmen wear what they want (with you getting final approval, of course).
Many men wish to individualize their weddings and this is a perfect way to do it. Take a look at wedding photos of both styles and see what looks great to you.
The same rules apply when it comes to fit. Make sure there are options that work with your groomsmen’s physiques so that they feel comfortable and look great on your big day.
Wedding Suits for Guests
As a guest, wedding suits for men that follow these basic rules can make dressing for the day a cinch.
- Don’t dress too formally for a casual event and don’t under dress for a formal or black-tie affair.
- Black tie means you’re wearing a tuxedo and that’s that.
- Wear light colored suits to a summer wedding. If it’s an evening summer wedding, a dark color in a light material like cotton is totally appropriate.
- Where dark colors in materials like wool for a winter wedding. If you don’t wear a suit, nice slacks paired with a blazer is fine (only if the event is not black tie).