Depending on where you are in the world, the Groom’s outfit can change drastically. In this hack, we are going to look at the most popular option worldwide – the classic suit.
With something as simple as a suit, there are still multiple choices to consider. We’re not going to bore you with the options as you’ve probably already got a good idea of what you will wear(In case you don’t…..Bridal Musings have already done a great article with inspiration ideas). Instead, we’re going to layout the steps to arranging your outfit, whether you are buying your suit or renting one. We’ll flag up some of the pitfalls too, so you know what to avoid.
Start with some research. Pinterest is always a good place to start.
Don’t just look at suits. Check out some shoes and accessories too. Build up the different aspects of the outfit until you are happy with the finished result. You may even want to look at hairstyles so that you can match it to your clothing.
Once you have decided on the style of suit you think you want to go for, it’s time to try a few on and see if they look as good as imagined. Check if it suits your body shape? Is it comfortable? The most important thing is that YOU like the way it looks, even if others aren’t sure about it. If you want to go for a full-sequin 3-piece suit with complimentary top hat and cane…….it’s your wedding, make em jealous!
Once you’re happy with your choice of suit, go ahead and buy it as soon as you can. If you’re renting, hire it now and check when you would pick it up prior to the wedding.
You may want to get some alterations made to your suit to make sure it is the perfect fit on the day(if you’re renting, you won’t have this option). If you are buying, the retailer may offer a tailoring option. Check this when you make the purchase. If they don’t offer a tailoring service, you will need to go to an independent tailor. Do this as soon as possible so they can take your measurements and get started on the alterations. When you pick the suit up, try the suit on and make sure it fits as desired. It’s a good idea to take somebody with you so they can see what it looks like from the back(or just get the tailor to take a photo on your phone). If any further changes are needed you will need to leave it with them again which is why you want to get it into a tailor as soon as possible.
Now that you have the suit, it’s time to complete the look. Try on some shoes based on your ideas from step 1. Do they look as good as imagined? Some shoes don’t look as good on certain feet shapes(seriously). You also want to make sure that the shoes are comfy as you will be wearing them for a long time on your wedding day, spending most of the day on your feet and probably doing some dancing in them(you may want to check if the shoes are slidy as this can put a serious dampener on your dance moves like Chandler).
If you like the shoes, then go ahead and buy them. Take them home and trial them with the suit to make sure it works(alternatively you could just wear your shoes to the suit shop).
The final piece of the puzzle is accessories. Pocket squares, ties, cravats, top hats, decorative silk scarves etc. Hopefully you know what you are looking for here so this part shouldn’t be too tricky. Don’t go overboard with accessories. 1 or 2 statement items is enough.
If you have rented the suit, make sure to collect it in plenty of time before the wedding to check the fit and make sure you are happy with it.
Once you have everything you need, let’s put the full outfit together. Try on the suit, shoes and accessories together to make sure it looks and feels good.
Try wearing the shoes(inside) a few times in the weeks leading up to the wedding to soften the leather/suede etc. This will help you avoid any blisters or cuts on your wedding day.
Bam! Attire sorted!
If you have rented the suit, arrange one of your groomsmen to take it back the day after the wedding. You don’t want to have to think about returning the suit when you have honeymoon on your mind and the first day to relax in months!