Rules of the Suit

Well, we have to have a well dressed and well-fitted groom and groomsmen. Definitely a must!

 

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1. The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

The width of the tie should match the width of the lapel.

It’s all about BALANCE.

2. In general, thin lapels are more modern. Wide lapels are more old-school, Mad Men style.

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So choose your look accordingly.

3. A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn’t match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

A pocket square adds an extra level of polish, but make sure it doesn't match your tie in either pattern or fabric choice.

Before you go totally conservative, remember that the pocket square is where you get the most freedom and the one place you get to add a little pizzazz to your suit.

4. When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.

When buying an off-the-rack suit, the number one thing to check is how the shoulders fit.

Tsk, tsk, John McCain. Shoulder pads should end at the shoulders. The shoulders are the hardest to tailor, so make sure they don’t stick out or stick up.

5. A collar gap between your jacket’s lapels and your shirt’s collar can signify an ill-fitting jacket.

It’s complicated. Read more about it here.

6. Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you’re attending a funeral.

Opt for a charcoal or gray suit over black, unless you're attending a funeral.

Dark gray is more versatile and goes with more colors.

7. Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.

Your belt should be fairly thin and the same color as your shoes.

Union Made makes really great belts in a variety of leather and metal finishes.

8. You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:

You should match your shoes to the color of your suit using this guide:

9. Double vents in the back are more modern and fashionable.

This look is also more flattering for larger figures, and it gives you enough room to do that effortlessly casual “hand in pocket” thing.

10. For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

For a more casual, trendy look, opt for a single-button peak-lapel jacket.

11. If you’re going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.

If you're going for more formal business attire, opt for a double-button, notched lapel jacket.

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12. The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.

The Savile Row Fold keeps your dress pants from falling off the hanger.

Watch the instructional video here.

13. You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.

You should be able to slip your hand between your chest and your buttoned jacket such that it feels snug, but with room to move.

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14. Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.

Always unbutton your suit before sitting down, or you risk ruining it.

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15. The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.

The top button of a two-button (or the middle button of a three-button) should fall at or above the navel.

16. Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.

Always go with the classic windsor knot for your tie, but use the size of your head to determine whether you should go half or full windsor.

BIG HEAD = FULL KNOT. SMALL HEAD = HALF KNOT. If you’re not sure how your head size compares, ask one of your male friends. They should be able to give you an objective opinion.

17. If you’re wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.

If you're wearing a vest, always keep the bottom button unbuttoned.

But plenty of men break this rule and are still able to pull off the three-piece beautifully.

18. There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.

There are practical reasons for vests beyond just how they look.

A vest is best worn with single-breasted suits (so it’s actually visible). if you’re going to be wearing your suit in a cold climate, a vest can add a lot of warmth. It also adds a formal touch to your suit.

19. Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.

Sleeve cuffs should be exposed about half an inch.

For a harmonious look, try to match the visible cuff length to the amount of collar that is visible at the back of the neck.

20. When you get your suit home, you’ll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.

When you get your suit home, you'll need a seam ripper or a small, sharp pair of scissors.

Unstitch the jacket’s pockets, remove the tack stitches from the jacket’s vents, and remove the little embroidered label from the jacket’s left sleeve. Do this very carefully to ensure you don’t actually rip the fabric or neighboring threads.

21. Make sure that your socks are long enough that there’s no exposed leg when sitting down.

Make sure that your socks are long enough that there's no exposed leg when sitting down.

No one needs to see your hairy gams.

22. Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

Your tie should always be darker than your dress shirt.

23. The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.

The suit jacket should be just long enough to cover your pants zipper and butt.

24. Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.

Your tie should JUST reach the waistband of your trousers, or be slightly shorter.

25. For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

For a more fashion-forward look, the pant hem should hit right at the top of your shoe.

For a more conservative look, the pants should cover the top of the shoe and parts of the laces.

26. If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.

If you sweat a lot, wear an undershirt.

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Preferably one with a deep neck so it doesn’t peek through. Nothing will cheapen the appearance of a suit more than a glimpse of undershirt.

27. Finally, go for the dimple.

Finally, go for the dimple.

The dimple is the little hollow beneath the knot of your tie, and it gives a slightly disheveled yet polished appearance to your finished look. Check out this handy guide on nailing the tie dimple.

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Shoes

I really like these shoes because of the white with the lace, the open toes and the lower heel. This means that my feet won’t be dying… at least I hope by the end of the wedding. I may actually want it to be a little less blinding white and give it a bit of a toning down to match the lace of the dress.

Shoes

 

Hair

I’ve found a couple of options for my hair. I love these both because it keeps my hair down and curly but has it pinned back a little bit.

Hair 1 Hair 2

 

The only thing is that I would need to cut my hair consistently like 3-4 months before the wedding so that it is all healthy and can grow longer 🙂

Groom/Groomsmen Suit

I loved this look!!!!! All that needs to happen is that my (currently imaginary) fiance would look dashing in it. 🙂 I love the color of the blue, it matches the exact color that I would want for my wedding.

Groom and Groomsmen

Shoes

I am soooooo totally changing my shoes for the reception and I am so using lacey toms. I loved the toms that Ally got my (as a bridesmaid) for the wedding do-over and they are so super comfy. I just hope that toms will still be in business by the time I get married 😦

toms

Veil

This particular veil came with a dress and I still think that I like the other dress but the veil is what I’m really after. I told mom that we need to make the veil because it’s super expensive and it seems to be simple to make. It would take time, but simple nonetheless.

veil veil 2

Here are some instructions on how to make your own lace veil

Required materials:

  • Tulle
  • Scissors
  • Hair comb accessory
  • Narrow sewing needle
  • Translucent nylon thread
  • Lace, 1 yard
  • Rotary cutting tool
  • Straight pins
    • 1

      Cut a 24-inch square piece of tulle with scissors for a blusher, or shoulder-length veil. A 36-inch square piece of tulle is needed for a veil that falls around your waist. For a fingertip veil, cut a piece of tulle that measures 48 inches by 54. For a chapel, or floor-length, veil, you’ll need a 72-inch square piece. A cathedral-length veils requires a piece of tulle that measures 72 inches by 108 inches.

    • 2

      Thread a narrow sewing needle with translucent nylon thread.

    • 3

      Gather the top edge of the tulle. Hold the base of the hair comb against the gathered tulle. The tines of the comb and gathered tulle should aim in the same direction.

    • 4

      Stitch the tulle to the base of the hair comb with the threaded needle. Stitch through the tulle and around the base of the comb in a continuous, circular direction to secure the material to the hair accessory. Sew across the gathered tulle and comb repeatedly until you secure all of the material firmly. Secure the thread with a knot when done and cut off excess thread.

    • 5

      Insert the comb into your hair to assess the veil’s length. Trim the bottom of the tulle with scissors if the veil is too long. Set the veil aside.

    • 6

      Lay the lace on your work surface. Trim the bottom corners of the tulle with a rotary cutter to round the end of the veil, if desired.

    • 7

      Use scissors to cut out pieces of the lace pattern in the material that you want to place on your veil. Trim the lace pieces to remove remaining threads that are not part of your desired embellishment.

    • 8

      Test various arrangements with the lace pieces until you find the placement you prefer. Pin each piece of lace to the tulle with a straight pin.

    • 9

      Insert the threaded needle up, from the underside of the material to begin stitching each lace embellishment. Stitch around the entire perimeter of each piece of lace.

    • 10

      Catch threads on the underside of the lace appliqué with the tip of your needle. Secure the lace threads to the tulle with a gentle but firm stitch. The threaded needle should never come all the way through the lace to the top side of the veil. The stitch must run through the underside of the lace appliqué exclusively.

    • 11

      Continue sewing each lace appliqué to the tulle until you affix every piece. When finished with each piece, tie a knot and cut off the excess thread.

      Tips and Warnings

  • The first measurement in each set of dimensions is the length of the top and bottom edges of the veil.
  • Select lace material based on the patterns within the material. For example, if you want to stitch a scalloped lace trim to the edge of the veil, find lace that has scalloping somewhere in its pattern.
  • It is critical that you catch threads on the underside of the lace appliqués and do not stitch through the lace entirely because any stitches through the lace distorts the lace pattern and will be visible when you wear the veil.

Boutenniere

I really liked this look and it would totally match my color theme. My only concern would be how to incorporate the blue into the scheme… but maybe I don’t even have to. I enjoy the cream color rather than the pure white….

boutenniere