Groom’s Guide to a Dapper Suit

Your wedding is a special day – perhaps the most special you’ll ever have – which is why it’s very important that you’re dressed stylishly and comfortably for it. When you’re dressed well and comfortable with what you’re wearing, you’re sure to have an enjoyable time throughout your wedding.

If you were an uncomfortable groom you will most likely fail to flash your handsome grin while your waistcoat squeezes your midsection; or the color of your suit makes you feel anything but yourself. You don’t have to force yourself to put on something for at least five hours that you would never wear in the first place. Here are some pointers in making you look nothing less than dapper in a suit.

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Style

The style of your suit primarily depends on two things: your wedding motif and your personal style. Note the level of formality of your wedding and choose your suit accordingly. Lounge suits are popular and can be worn after the wedding, while morning suits are more traditional in style. You can make the suit look more personal by having the shirt cuff embroidered with your monogram or the date of the wedding. But whatever style you choose, always have it tailored with a classic cut.

The Season

Consider the time of the year when you’ll have the wedding so that you can match the fabric with the season and make the suit comfortable to wear. A lightweight fabric, such as mohair, is a smart choice for summer, while the heavier wool will keep you warm in the colder seasons. Aside from the type of fabric, you may also base the overall style of your suit from the season.

Color Scheme

Grey is a versatile color. It can match various skin complexions and can serve a good contrast to a colored shirt and tie. You can customize the look of your suit by adding some details in your waistcoat or tie that matches the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses or your bride’s bouquet. Light shades complement a pale complexion while darker ones look better on warmer skin tones.

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Shape and Height

Your built and height are factors that dictate the overall fit and style of your suit. Your height indicates how many buttons are needed on your suit jacket and waistcoat. The perfect fit depends on your shape and height: it should be snug yet have enough allowance to let you move freely. You wouldn’t want to look like a kid drowning in his dad’s coat on your wedding, nor look like you’ll burst out of your suit any second.

Alterations

It’s very seldom that a suit will fit perfectly on the first try, and even if it did, your body might change a bit between the time you order your suit and your wedding day. This is why you need to have alterations or re-fittings. Schedule one alteration about three months before the big day and then have a last minute alteration for minor adjustments. And by last minute, it should be on the week before the wedding. This is the best time to make some final adjustments on the suit so that it achieves the custom fit to your body. The upper arms and thighs should be carefully measured especially if you’re a beefy guy.

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Jacket, Shirt and Pants

For a perfect fit, your jacket should have just the right measurements for the sleeves, flaps and shoulders. Your jacket should look fit, but still allows a full range of motion whether it’s buttoned or not. For the shirt, the collar should be just loose enough to fit one finger and nothing more. The cuffs should break exactly at the wrist if it’s a button-cuff shirt, while a French-cuff should break about half an inch further. The pants should fit on the waist. The length of the crotch area of the pants and the bottom seams on your feet are also important measurements. The bottom of the leg should break over the instep or 1/3 of the way down the shoe.

Comfort

To keep yourself comfortable in the suit, have an extra shirt to change into to stay fresh and to keep looking cool and crisp. Your shoes should let you walk around without getting blisters on your feet. And you also don’t want to feel threatened about your pants getting ripped while heating up the dance floor. There are just a lot of important things you’ll do on your wedding such as dancing, shaking hands, mingling with guests, and standing right next to your bride that you don’t want to be constrained by your suit.

Who says only the models in the magazines get to look dashing in a suit? You can too and especially on your wedding by knowing these important aspects of customizing your suit design and style. Take inspiration from your wedding theme and season to get you started. Incorporate your personal style to make it your own.

Stay true to your form to achieve the perfect fit. And to do that, be patient with the alterations. Pay attention to all the parts of your suit so that they fit your body well, complement each other, and match your wedding. Lastly, find a balance between comfort and style: you’ll feel happiest about your suit if you look good and feel good about it.

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