Groom suit shopping

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 6
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1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Question  — why are you buying vs renting??    If you rent, you can get a lot of options that may not be available from buying.

 

 

Post # 8
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1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Anna10-05-2014:  We looked into buying vs renting, at a number of different locations (Men’s Warehouse, Nordstroms, Jos A Banks, etc) .  Buying didn’t work for us, as I wanted a very specific type of suit for him and really, he is never going to wear super-formal dress again.   So for him, renting was the best option.   

 

If its just a simple suit, then buying might be the most cost effective, as he could use it again in the future.  However on the flip side, depending on his number of groomsmen and ring-bearers, alot of places offer discounts for renting.  It helps to visit a number of places and see what they have available and if you like the suits that they have, customer service, knowledge, etc.  

 

On the flip flip side, when we rented at Men’s Warehouse, there was a promo going on that if he rented 5 tuxes for the wedding, he received a discount off AND a coupon for a free suit (jacket, pants, shirt, tie, etc) up to a certain amount, he just had to redeem it within 1 month after the rental.  So you could always check to see if they are still doing that promo still and if your FI would be interested in it.  DH got a free suit that is much more wearable out of it, which pleased him enormously.

Post # 9
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3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First, and most important, question: What does HE want to wear?

This is a great resource, with a section on suit basics:

http://www.blacktieguide.com <– read this before going anywhere near a Tuxedo.

What time of day is the ceremony?  With those dresses he should be in a suit, at a minimum.  If it’s an evening ceremony, Black Tie would be better, and even White Tie would not be out of the question, if you’re having a seated dinner.  If it’s a day time ceremony, I vote for a Morning Coat, but a formal suit would do well.  For a suit, that means solid navy, or solid charcoal, ideally with peak lapels, but notches are ok, and more versatile for wearing after the wedding.  Since it looks like no one is actually wearing purple, either colour will be fine.  

If you’re going to buy, and it will be his ONLY suit, then it should be charcoal with notch lapels.  In terms of what will be best to own after the wedding, If it’s going to be his first of two suits, get navy with a notch lapel, and add charcoal for his next suit.  If it’s going to be his first of a few, try to get navy with peak lapels – there should be some around, as they are quite fashionable right now.  If you don’t like navy for the wedding, nothing wrong with buying charcoal first and navy second.  I bought a steel blue suit before a navy suit because it happened to look amazing, and I don’t need it for job interviews in a conservative city, so I could get away without a navy suit temporarily.  This paragraph is mostly advice pertaining to what suits are most practical to own, and therefore the best investment.

Some notes about vests: they should completely cover the waistband of the pants, and should not be worn with a belt.  If you can see shirt and/or tie between the vest and the pants, you’re better off in a two piece suit with no vest.  Also, the bottom button of the vest, like the bottom button of the suit, is never fastened.  This is different for Black Tie and White Tie.  For morning dress, it is never fastened on a single breasted waistcoat, and on double breasted is a matter of preference.

 

Post # 12
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Duncan:  I’m coming to you for advice once we finally start the hunt for the groom/groomsmen apparal!

Post # 14
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3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@pineapplez17:  Just decide on Morning Dress now 😛

Post # 15
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2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Duncan:  lol is that appropriate for a morning wedding? Our ceremony is at 10am, cocktail hour/reception immediately after at 10:30. All I know is that my FI wants to wear a bowtie…and he doesn’t want to be in white like many grooms wear (the shirt will be white though).

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Anna10-05-2014:  sorry that I’m threadjacking to get Duncan’s expertise! lol …just wanted to say I LOVE your dress and your BM’s dresses! gorgeous!

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