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March 31, 2009


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Grooms can go custom too

We often see brides-to-be taking the traditional pilgrimage to India to shop for all their necessary wedding ornaments. Alternatively, bridal gowns are uniquely designed and custom made months in advance in order to leave time for numerous fittings. Painstaking steps are taken towards ensuring that all fantasies are exactly as imagined.

When we look at a man’s outfit preparation, it has traditionally been lax or regarded as unimportant. In some instances, it is left for the bride to figure out with very little input from the groom.

Recently, due to the metro-sexual phenomenon, we see guys stepping up and expressing an interest in their wedding outfits. More and more grooms are realizing that they should look just as good as the bride, after all it is his day too.

Similar to the bride, a groom can also buy custom and uniquely design the garment. However, it is not as painstaking and only takes about 6 weeks. Unlike a bride’s gown that is only worn once, a custom suit can be worn for future formal occasions; this allows the extra cost to be reasonable and practical.

Although most of the wedding requires traditional outfits, the reception is a time when a groom can truly express his “western” style through a formal suit. A custom suit is a better option rather than renting a used tuxedo or buying something off the rack that may be ill-fitting. There are many advantages to going custom, such as fit, style, fabric, and customizable details.


A custom suit requires atleast 30 different measurements to ensure that all nuances of your body are taken into account. These measurements should be taken exactly so that some allowance can be ensured for potential weight gain or loss. Also, it helps to have an off the rack suit as a basis to show preference and personal style in fit.


Style is based on personal preference, nevertheless the suit should reflect current trend that fits your body type. The current trend is a cross between British and Italian cut with a fitted silhouette, higher arm holes, soft slightly roped shoulders and subtle suppression in the waist. The effect of this type of cut is highly fitted and emphasizes the natural “V” shape of the male body.


Weddings are no longer traditional; brides can wear all sorts of colours especially at the reception party and so can grooms. The standard black suit is no longer mandatory; a groom can wear anything from a light grey pinstripe to a checkered brown with orange accents. It is important to ensure that the fabric is of high quality Italian wool as opposed to a synthetic material such as polyester. Furthermore, wools come in different numbers called “Supers” that range from 80 to over 200. This number signifies how finely the thread is spun, the higher the number, the finer the fabric. A Super 120 and higher would make a perfect wedding suit as the fabric would be very fine and give off a sheen that catches the light. A fabric that is lower than Super 120 is thicker and more durable, this would be more appropriate as an everyday business suit.


A flash of flare can be displayed in the inside lining of the suit and the back of the vest.  The lining can be colour coordinated with the bride’s outfit, or a subtle colour that matches the suit. The fabric can also be customized as it can be the standard Bemberg variety which is a high quality rayon or a luxurious silk.

Other Details

A regular off-the-rack suit is plain and devoid of personality as it is made for the masses. On a custom suit, all details can be chosen to fit preference and body type. One of these options is workable cuffs. This is the true mark of a custom suit as one can unbutton the first button and show more of the French cuffed shirt underneath. Other subtle details include the style of pockets on the jacket as well as the number of pockets. The current trend is a second “ticket” pocket above the regular side pocket. This is slightly narrower and was popular in the olden days for the purpose of holding opera tickets. Other modifications include the style and width of lapels. The most appropriate type of lapel used for weddings is called a peaked lapel, as it symbolizes a bit of formality as opposed to a simple notched lapel. A shawl lapel is a very formal look reserved for white or tuxedo style jackets, but this can also be chosen for a more dramatic look.

Whatever is chosen for the special day, ensure that it is exudes personality and is complimentary in style and formality to the bride.


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