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Suits made easy

Suits made easy; picking the best one for you!

 

It’s no secret that suits are more common than their more formal counterpart, tuxedos. But lately, suits are becoming more commonplace for proms, formal events, even for grooms!

 

Sure, suits aren’t the best thing you could put on, and you could stand to do better with a tux. But suits are still good; at least it’s not getting married in cargo shirts and a button-up.

 

But if you thought there were lots of options for tuxes, then you haven’t seen anything yet. The recent popularity explosion with men’s dress items (largely due to hipster culture) has affected the supply. Like a tsunami following an earthquake, men all over the world are now drowning in suit options!

 

Finding the right suits for me

 

With all the options out there, you might be wondering where you stand in all of this. It’s easy to point at a picture of a model wearing a suit in GQ and say “That’s the one for me!”

 

Hold on a second, there. Suits might look pretty much the same to you, but there are small differences. I’ll go over some of these differences and help you pick the best one for you.

Does fitted look good on me?

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“Fitted” garments are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Fitted suits can bring out the best qualities in a person’s build, and compliment their form. A fitted outfit can make even the scrappiest guy look a bit more strapping!

 

But the problems with fitted suits arise when people who are too large try to wear them. It’s one thing if you’re a big guy, and you’re wearing a fitted outfit that’s tailor-made for you. But custom-made outfits can cost hundreds more than off-the-rack suits, and most people aren’t willing to spend that kind of scratch on an outfit…especially just a coat and pant.

 

But if you’re a big guy and you insist on a fitted set that’s off the rack, it most likely won’t look great. Fitted suits are meant to compliment a few different body types. And with all due respect, if you’re too overweight, that body type isn’t yours.

 

Instead, look for a suit that has a standard fit. This will allow you to be more comfortable while wearing it, and better compliments your body type. Heavier guys can have a certain appeal all their own when wearing properly fitted suits. The right one exudes power and commands a room with its presence. But if you look like you stuffed yourself into a navy-blue sausage casing, you won’t get that effect.

Go somewhere that lets you try on

 

          If buying online is a bad idea for rentals, it’s a TERRIBLE idea for buying an outfit. Try it on, and make sure that you’re comfortable in it, and people think you look good in it. Most important, make sure YOU like the way you look in it. Suits should spike your confidence, not make you look at your body flaws.

 

It’s also helpful if you don’t go to buy outfits with a group of ‘yes men.’ Make sure whomever you take with you is someone who will be honest and tell you if something looks bad. I would want to know the suits I was buying looked bad. Especially if I was shelling out that kind of money.

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Men’s Tuxedos; a beginner’s guide

Men’s tuxedos. For over 120 years, they have been the pinnacle of high-class menswear. They traditionally came in mostly black, but are now available in a very wide range of colors.

For something that appears quite often in movies, TV and magazines, not much is really known about men’s tuxedos to the average person. If you ask your average dude about tuxedos, their answer will most likely be something like this: “it’s that uncomfortable outfit you wear to your prom or wedding.”

People may not know them well, but Men’s tuxedos have become essential!

Well, men’s tuxedos might not be something that you really bother to know a whole lot about. But what I do know is that every man worth his salt wears one during important rites of passage in his life. These include baptisms, proms, weddings, honorary formal dinners, and more.

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And rightfully so; nothing makes a man look better or more distinguished than an honest tuxedo. And nowadays, there’s many different varieties of men’s tuxedos. There’s peak lapels, which look amazing with a bow tie. There’s notch lapels, which are a bit more on the casual side. And the rounded shawl lapel is great for dressing up without too many ‘points.’

Fit is just as important as style!

The fit should definitely be one of the main things to consider when deciding on your men’s tuxedo. Right now, fitted tuxedos are all the rage; they taper in the waist, feature smaller shoulders, and lend a slimming appearance to the wearer. However, if you’re a larger fellow, perhaps consider a standard fit, which compliments a larger build without hiding it behind baggy clothes.

But for the last several years tuxedos have been seeing a steady decline in the number of people who wear them, even to weddings. This is partially due to the trend of ‘dressing down,’ making suits acceptable for taking your vows in. I’m on board with that, but there’s a disturbing trend of brides dressing their men up in jeans and button-up shirts, sometimes with suspenders.

Yeah…really?

Now, to each their own, but I would think the most important day of a man’s life deserves the best outfit. It’s a wedding, not casual Friday. Picture James Bond wooing the newest Bond girl in that lame outfit; cool superspy? Maybe, if his job was working in a cubicle.

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Seriously; Bond in anything other than a tux would NOT BE BOND!

But, I digress. Despite the dress-down trend, men’s tuxedos continue to be the top-notch way for a man to dress up. When my brother in law was getting married, I caught wind that he was going to wear shorts and a button-up shirt.

SHORTS!

I insisted on wearing a suit to the wedding, and he was afraid of me out-dressing him, so he wore a suit too. And you know what? His mother, his new wife, and later he himself thanked me for driving him to dress in something more presentable.

Later, when you’re looking at your wedding pictures, you’ll be glad you picked the best: one of the tried and true men’s tuxedos.

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Wedding Suits; the hottest ones this year!

Wedding Suits; the Hottest Ones this Year!

 

Weddings. Everyone had their ideal wedding, but some things pop up more than others. A big cake, a white dress (more on this later,) hand-written invitations, and pretty flowers are just a few.

Another thing that comes up often (not as often as dresses though,) is tuxedos. But seeing increasing surges of popularity every year lately, is wedding suits.

 

No, you didn’t read that wrong; wedding suits.

Wedding suits are exactly what they sound like: suits that someone wears to a wedding. And no, I’m not talking about the clothes the guests wear. I’m talking about the actual groom’s wedding duds.

 

No one knows exactly why, but more and more brides are seeing fit to put their grooms in suits for their wedding. Designers and manufacturers are quickly taking notice. And so as a result, there are more options than ever for good wedding suits nowadays.

 

Looking for the most popular wedding suits? Look no further.

But as you flick through Pinterest for ideas for your own wedding, you’ll surely come across some suits quite often. These are the champions that stand out among the others as the most popular wedding suits. I’ll be going over them generally, by color and by fit. More descriptive lists can be found in future articles.

 

The fit

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Notice the narrowed shoulders, fitted pants and slight taper in the waist area; all qualities of a fitted wedding suit.

Generally, the most popular wedding suits all seem to follow one trend in particular: they’re all fitted suits. Fitted suits have swept the world and replaced standard cut outfits as the go-to for that modern look.

And for good reason: a fitted outfit is a great way to really bring out the good qualities in a person’s physique.

 

The colors

Now here, I’m not talking about vest, tie or shirt colors. I’m talking about the actual colors of the wedding suits themselves.

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A typical blue wedding suit; somewhere between navy and cobalt blue.

Suits can be seen in just about any color you can imagine. This is especially true since people sometimes use suit colors to stand out. These people will go for something that jumps, even if it doesn’t necessarily look good, like bright orange (Kraft Punk, anyone?) or also pink.

But by and large, for people serious about their wedding the most popular colors remain the same. Tones like dark grey, light grey, navy blue, cobalt, and even tan are quite common. Black suits aren’t as desirable as they used to be; these are more favorable for funerals or business meetings.

But as the Canadians say: ‘Fill your boots!’

These are some of the more popular wedding suits. But it’s your wedding; go with whatever feels best!

What kind of suits would you like to see at your own wedding? Let us know in the comments below!
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Difference between suits and tuxedos

Difference between suits and tuxedos

There’s a surprising number of men who still ask the same question that formalwear specialists still get at least once a day: what’s the difference between suits and tuxedos? Granted, to the untrained eye and from a distance these two things might look pretty similar. But it’s more subtle things that make up the difference between suits and tuxedos.

 

By far the biggest difference between suits and tuxedos is the lapel. Tuxedos will have a satin lapel, giving them a ‘shinier’ look. Tuxedo jackets also have different buttons. Tuxedo buttons lack the four-holed look that suit buttons have, and are instead sewn tight to the jacket using a ‘stem.’ http://www.diffen.com/difference/Suit_vs_Tuxedo” says that suit jacket lapels are often made of the same material as the coat.

Pants make the difference

Pants are another thing that make up the difference between suits and tuxedos. Tuxedo pants will usually have a satin stripe down the vertical side of the leg, whereas suit pants do not have the stripe. Likewise, shoes that are paired with a tuxedo are typically of a patent leather design, though there’s a current trend toward matte finish shoes with tuxedos. Suits, on the other hand, look funny with patent leather shoes, and a pair of nice, non-specific shoes compliment them well.

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Now that you know the key differences between tuxedos and suits. Another thing that sets them apart is when they’re typically worn. Suits are more casual than tuxedos. Wearing a suit to any of these would probably make someone look. For lack of better terms, underdressed and out of place. They recommend suits. For just about everything else: more casual weddings, semi-formal dinners, semi-formal work functions, etc. It’s not good to look overdressed, either.

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