Groom and Groomsmen Clothes — where to find?

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Skittles131:   

My FI is doing something somewhat similar (he will wear a vest though). We actually found his at a regular mens clothing store. In Canada it is called Le Chateau, they have semi casual dress clothes, large assortments of button down dress shirts, jeans and dress pants, as well as lots of sweaters, ties, hats etc. I would look at something similar. Even a men’s section in a department store.

We also looked at suit stores and they have very limited selection if you didn’t want black, so I probably wouldn’t waste time looking there.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Skittles131:  Try Express. They have driver’s hats and suspenders. CHAMBRAY DRIVER HATGINGHAM CHECK DRIVER HATSOLID SUSPENDERS

ETA sorry for the long string of pics. Apparently , that is another change. We can’t have 4 pics clustered together in the new WB, they have to be spread out with maximum white space.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Skittles131:  What is your budget?  If you’re looking for the lowest possible cost, Express is ok, but I wouldn’t buy anything thhere (or Le Chateau) that I plan to wear more than six or 10 times.  Any regular men’s wear store will have pants like that – they are just grey odd pants.  They look like a winter weight wool, and have a bit of hair.

For suspenders, your best bet it is to buy them online.  Get leather end suspenders; clip ends are virtually useless.  Avoid the convertible ones, as well – they can become problematic.  Any tailor – and I mean ANY tailor – can sew the buttons into the waistband f the pants for the suspenders, or you can do it yourself.  They can be sewn on the outside, or the inside, of the waistband.  They only have to be in the right general area, since you adjust the suspenders once they’re on.  

Flat caps are almost ubiquitous; you can spend $10 or $100, depending on quality.  Goorin Bros. make quality hats, and are easy to find, and you only pay a small premium for name recognition.  If I wanted a really good one, I’d order from the UK.

The workman’s shirts are probably going to be the toughest find.  I would start at a Men’s Wear store – go there to get the pants, and they may have suspenders.  Honestly, grey pants, you should get good ones, because they’re a wardrobe staple.  Spend $125-$240 on them.   Men’s Wearhouse, and other “suit stores” do not count.  If you’re limited as to what you have available, Nordstrom’s is the best US department store for men’s wear.  They are also fairly likely to have the shirts.  I think your best bet for that style of shirt is JC Penny, or a work wear store.  I don’t know if you have Mark’s Work Wearhouse in the US, but I’m sure there is an equivalent, at least.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

 

Duncan:  Why do you say no to Le Chateau? It is midrange as far as pricing goes and I have bought clothes and shoes from there that stand up great, as well as my fiance buying all his dress shirts there. Never had an issue and he wears them more that 6 times, plus they fit him better than Mark’s Work Wearhouse.

Personally, unless you wear dress pants to work everyday I don’t see much point in spending $200 or more on them. But it totally depends on the OP’s budget. My FI didn’t want to spend more on his clothes than I did on my dress, even though he can wear them again and will.

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Skittles131:  DH went somewhat causal as well & we found alot of nicely priced separate suit prices at kohls. He got some marc anthony suit separate grey slacks with a nice sheen to them for about $60 and a basic shortsleeve button up for $30. The suspenders & hat’s would be more difficult so maybe etsy or ebay?

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

REchick:  Their pants, shirts, and suits, tend to be poly blends which, in addition to not breathing well, begin to take on a sheen, as the natural fibre weathers (especially from dry cleaning) and the synthetic fibre doesn’t.  Most of what they sell is overpriced for what it is, and lower end made to measure can be had for the same, or less, in most cases.  It’s mostly low end quality, for mid-range prices.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was also going to say expreess as they have great shirts and pants. Considering they have the hats too right now that’s a double bonus. Looks like they are having a buy one get one half off sale, and there’s a red link at the top of their website for a coupon that if you print it off you get 25.00 off 100 (there’s a sliding discount scale the mroe you spend)    

I also completely disagree with Duncan, both my husband and I love their stuff for work. 

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Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Duncan:  Although it may offend your sartorial sensibilities, there is nothing wrong with buying accessories like suspenders and hats at Express. If these men were going to wear these things regularly, they would already own them or would know where to purchase them if they wanted new items.

It is always worth buying quality for garments we are going to wear frequently. Accessories are a different matter entirely. By shopping smart and managing our money well, we have money left over for other things that are important in life- like beer and weddings.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  julies1949.
Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

julies1949:  I am pretty sure I qualified my statement by saying that their stuff is fine, if you’re not planning to rewear it.  I said to buy suspenders online, and to buy leather-end ones, instead of clip ons, because they just plain work better.  The only thiing I said it made the most sense to invest in is grey pants, which, as longa as you don’t change in shape too much, will basically last you the rest of your life.  Clip on suspenders come loose, and look costumey if you’re featuring them, as they would be in something like that inspiration pic.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Also, if the waistbands won’t be covered by a vest, it’s ideal to remove the belt loops from the pants,  if they’re to be held up by suspenders.

And suspenders are not an accessory; they are a functional item, of the same purpose as a belt.  Like a belt, they can also look very nice, or be strictly practical

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