I have a thing about a man in a suit.
I have a thing about men looking just as hot as their significant other on their wedding day.
I’ve seen a lot of weddings recently where the grooms are just not cutting the mustard. Invariably standing next to their beautiful ladies; who look (and no doubt feel) like a million dollars, wearing an ill-fitting suit, which is several sizes too big, accompanied with oversized trousers, with not a belt in sight and scruffy old shoes that have not seen daylight or shoe polish since 1979.
Why is this?
I was inspired to write this post after watching Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love. (I have a secret thing for Ryan Gosling – Mr Nu Bride is aware of this appreciation and is highly irritated by this)….
Image via GQ | Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love
Back to the point….Crazy Stupid Love is a real feast for men’s fashion and is like the Devil Wears Prada, for men.
Ryan Goslings’ character is über stylish, savvy and has a wardrobe full of chic designer suits and of course knows how to charm the ladies. Ryan’s character becomes a mentor for Steve Carrell’s middle-aged character, who is the complete opposite of Ryan’s suave character and has no idea how to dress or conduct himself. Often wearing suits two sizes too big…..
I asked Mr Nu Bride, (who has also seen many a groom fall victim to the baggy suit syndrome), why men seem to be letting the wedding fashion side down and his response:
Because some men simply don’t care about, or take pride in their appearance.
Surely not. Surely they care about what they look like on their wedding day?
I find this hard to believe and think it’s more like the Steve Carell characters of this world. More to do with a lack of education about how to dress and a lack of education about how to choose a quality suit.
I asked Steve at Stephen Bishop Suiting for his opinion on this little topic:
Ill-fitting suits are often as a result of a formal wear store showing a lack of attention to detail, care and actually thinking about the end result, the wedding photo. All too often the client will choose a formal wear company without a decent size range, a company who do not offer specific leg lengths per person and whose staff simply have no idea what a good fit is. They are happy to go with what the client says fits them versus what they, as trained professionals should suggest is a better fit.
There is also a huge disparity between the spend on the ladies and the men. Ask yourself why a lot of guys in tux and tails look a bit ‘iffy’. Spending less on clothing will result in a stiff, staid and generally speaking, a rather glum look.
I remember Mr Nu Bride saying he wanted to feel good on his wedding day and felt like he needed to invest in a quality bespoke suit to achieve this. It made perfect sense to me, having just invested in a wedding dress. Both our special day right?
After a very poor experience in a well-known suit hire shop, we immediately decided to ditch the hire option for our entire wedding party. The suits on offer looked and felt terrible and the service matched.
We researched suits high and low, Mr Nu Bride ‘dragged’ me to Saville row to find out about the tailoring process. To find out about cut, the cloth (the fabric), the different weight (thickness) of the fabric, to the stylish accessories and shoes. I actually really enjoyed finding out about how men dress ‘properly’ and the variety of options available, if you take the time to explore. The options can be overwhelming, so it helps to find a professional who has the time to educate and guide you through the decision making process.
Indivisual Fashion are a fantastic example, of raising the bar when it comes to wedding fashion for men. Believing you are what you wear, Indivisual provide high-end tailoring, servicing men, grooms and their fashionable groomsmen internationally. There is no standard size, all suits are handcrafted and cut, with a bespoke design to fit and complement the individuals personal style and body shape. I have showcased many an Indivisual Fashion suit on Nu Bride with pride. The men always look gorgeous and rival the brides!
Another gentlemen passionate about quality service and the appearance of men, is Stephen Bishop. With over 25 years experience in the industry, Stephen Bishop Suiting is another well-respected formal wear provider leading the way for the style conscious groom. Offering a full made-to-measure tailoring service and formal wear for hire; which include both modern and traditional options .
So we have all seen “that wedding picture”. Is it obvious that the suits do not fit?? YES. Suit Jackets should NOT look like 80’s American Soap throw backs; trousers crotch down to the knees and yes that leg length that is just beyond ridiculous.
And where are his hands? (Nu Bride: HAHAHA Reminds me of school blazers!) Yep another typical error. Jacket sleeves are ideally placed just above the bend of the wrist. Assuming the shirt fit is good then this should show of a little shirt cuff.
It isn’t that simple by the way, but it is up to the professional to kit gents out bearing this in mind. Hey shall we get on to the baggy jacket look? No sorry I can’t go on, I am feeling queasy 🙂
Finding the right suit really is simple. Give yourself some time, investigate an independent company as well as perhaps one of the nationals. Independents tend to move quicker with turnaround times, but will most certainly, (or at least should), give you the attention required. Independents need, no, have to get it right. Referrals are our lifeline. Get it wrong, well that just isn’t an option.
Perhaps up the budget a bit to get yourself a better service as well as a better suit. Most of all do choose a guy, company or just someone you know has your best interests at heart
JKB Young Photography | Stephen Bishop Suiting
What’s your favourite? What a feast for stylish men eh!
This is just a snippet to show how incredible men can look on their wedding day with a little understanding of their body shape, size and a professional who is patient and passionate about suiting!