Over the last couple of years the trend in groomswear has shifted towards more informal and individual trends although a formal suit never goes out of style. Regardless of the style of suit you choose there are general fit rules that apply to all. Today we will take a look at some of our favourite tips and images that will help you find the perfect suit!
Top Tips For A Perfect Suit Fit
Ties and Bow Ties
Novelty bow ties are in and popular with wedding parties. Fun and funky it’s a great way to add some colour pop to the groomsmen. For the more formal suits you can’t go past the trusty tie. A great accessory that gives the outfit personality.
Ties are worn with a plain collar shirt; Bow ties can be worn with either a plain collar or a wing tip. For a Black Tie event it is correct to wear a wing tip collared shirt with a black bow tie. If the groomsmen are wearing a tie make sure that the width of the tie matches the width of the lapel. We also love the look of the pocket square, be bold and make sure it’s not the same pattern or fabric of your tie or bow tie.
The jacket fit is important, the hem should graze the fleshy part of the thumb when the hands are to the sides. A way to know if the suit is too large, if there is a visible collar gap between the shirt collar and the jacket’s lapel. Make sure that a hand can slip between the chest and buttoned jacket so that it’s snug, but has a bit of room to move.The top button of a two-button jacket, or the middle of a three-button, should sit just above the belly button. Also, the suit jacket should be just long enough to cover the pant zip.
The neckband should allow enough room so that two fingers can slip in when it’s buttoned. The cuff should cover the wrist a helpful measurement is one inch of the shirt cuff should show past the sleeve of the jacket.
The waistline should be comfortable not too tight or too loose, and the fabric should skim, not hug, the hips. The pant leg should break slightly at the top of the shoe and angle slightly downward at the back – there is a great picture below to demonstrate this. Pant lengths are one of those details that if wrong is very noticeable. Finally, when it comes to choosing a belt, it should be the same colour as the shoes.
Know the season you are getting married in, it’s important to match the cloth of a suit to the time of year. If the wedding will be during our hot summers, choose a lightweight fabric. For example, mohair is really breathable. If the wedding is a winter celebration, heavier wool will be more appropriate.
From the help of Real Men Real Style for those of us who are visual learners here is a great image that visually explains how a suit should fit.