Wedding suit alterations for groom

A series of don’ts for groom and wedding party #2

One of our website sliders states- THE GROOM MATTERS!  It’s amazing that this even had to be stated, but it does, because many people forget the groom in all the hustle and bustle of the wedding planning.  One of the most important things to do after you buy your suit is to get it altered. (And I’m assuming your buying a suit.  If not, that is an entirely different post…) If you completely ignore the fit of your suit, you run the risk of being bathed in way too much fabric and having it recorded for posterity in print and video.  Hanging or playing on your living room wall.  #2 Don’t: Don’t skip getting inexpensive alterations done for the groom!

3 piece suit modern fit

Famous dude at Noah movie premiere. The movie….can’t say anything nice. But this look is awesome!

You can find wonderful people in any city or town who will happily and beautifully perform simple adjustments to your suit that will make you look like a million bucks.

And it will cost you very little.

You can also make new friends.  I love the seamstresses and tailors I have worked with in the past.  Expect to pay $15-75 for alterations, and we recommend considering the following:

Pants length.  Your inseam should be altered unless you were extremely lucky.  Make sure you bring a recent picture (even on your phone is better than nothing!) of a guy wearing a suit that fits well in case your idea of ideal length is different from your tailors.  The more experienced (read ‘older’ tailors) will have amazing skills but they may not realize your not looking for a mid-90s fit. Read the first article in this series regarding yards around the ankle.  Hole in the wall places are often the best.

Sleeve length.  This is another big one.  You want the sleeve to fall right where your wrist moves.

A lot of other alterations can be done, or skipped, depending on what shape you are and what size and shape your suit is (and what sizes were available when you bought the suit).  If you bought a classic business suit for your wedding (I don’t recommend this, but it can work depending on what you choose), consider getting the wrist and arm, leg and ankle tapered slightly to be more modern and fitting.  Also business suits tend to be more business like– longer jacket length and loose legs.

I hope this quick overview of alterations gives you a place to start.  Would love to see your comments on what you’ve experienced or are wondering about!

Wool tweed newsboy from Italy

5 WAYS TO AFFORDABLY TEXTURIZE THIS FALL

1.  Wool scarf.  Take basic jeans and sweater, or even a basic work suit and throw on a worsted wool fisherman’s knit scarf.Mens wool scarf  Instant texture, warmth as well as upping the interest factor x10!  See this mens 100% wool scarf, made in USA.  It looks especially awesome with boots and jeans.

Wool tweed newsboy from Italy2.  Tweed….well, anything.  Add some oomph to your look with a tweed cap, tweed blazer, or my favorite, a tweed tie.  The most affordable of these options is definitely the tweed cap, and newsboys are back for all ages this fall.  Check out this look.

3.  Tie bars.   If you suit up for work, this is anAntique watch movement tie pin, sterling plated often overlooked asset that can set you apart as the sharpest dresser in the room.  Check out this steampunk piece that was in Italian Vogue– great watch movement piece with a lot of character, and not just for steampunkers.  On a low key navy suit with silk tie, it really stands out and adds quick texture.  We’ve also got these palladium plated circuit board tie bars if your especially ‘interesting’.  Though they are covered in a smooth shellac, the interest and texture shines through.  These are both legacy pieces, and actually aren’t too cheap.

vintage tweed blazer 60s4.  Grab a vintage blazer.  We mentioned tweed blazers above, and this is a really key piece to a textured and character filled fall.  You can layer in a plaid shirt, sweater vest, tie or not, and a vintage tweed blazer looks exceptional.  There are a lot of subtle features in throwback suiting that have a lot of interest– spread button cuffs, longer vents, extra wide lapels (or extra thin), all depending on the era.

5.  Cork.  This is a new addition to our accessories line up this fall for a couple of reasons.  It’s sustainable, and we found an amazing manufacturer that produces canvas, cork and leather bags right out of San Francisco!  Weekender or catch all bag,Mens sustainable cork weekender bag duffle dopp bag (some oldies call it ditty), as well as a cork wallet option can really add some complexity to your wardrobe and routine.