How to pick the right groomsmen suits

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Weddings are full of so many decisions. What do we eat? What if someone is vegan? What color are the table clothes? Should we have table clothes? Do we need dessert? Chocolate or vanilla?

Before you start deciding on your suit, you need to think about what your groomsmen will wear, and even what the bridesmaids are wearing. It is becoming quite common to see similar colors used between both parties. If you and your fiancee are fans of this look, you will have to think long and hard about what you want your wedding party wearing.

Rent or Buy?

This is a big debate, and can even be a deal breaker for some members of your wedding party. Having to spend $500 on your own suit may be fine for you, as you are the one getting married. But having your groomsmen spend a few hundred to purchase matching outfits they may never wear again is a big deal.

You should discuss the options with them first to make sure they are all on board. It would be a disaster to have picked out the perfect custom suits only to have a member of the party tell you they can’t afford or don’t want to spend on it.

Decide on this first before you go choosing anything specific. This will help you narrow down what suits you can realistically pick out.

Color Combinations

If you’re planning to have groomsmen and bridesmaids match, you don’t need to go crazy with it. If they are wearing blue dresses, try to incorporate blue ties into your suits. You don’t need to be matching exactly, just make it appear that they are coordinated.

Here are a few sites with color ideas for your groomsmen:

25 Groomsmen Attire Ideas

Groomsmen | The Knot

Casual Groomsmen Attire | Pinterest

Mistakes to Avoid

Don’t wait until the last minute to do this! Yes, there are tons of decisions you need to make for the wedding. But it’s best to plan it way out in advance to avoid the stress and headache of something not going right.

Make sure you get your party fitted early on and that the suits really do fit. You don’t want  to end up having your groomsmen come out with ill-fitting suits.

Don’t forget the shoes. You spend so much time thinking about blazers, suspenders, shirts, ties, bow ties, that you may neglect to think about the shoes you will be wearing to bring everything together.

Make sure you are dressing for the location as well. If you’re having a destination wedding in Hawaii, it may be best to wear lighter colors and fabrics. If you are going for an extra formal look and have a fancy location booked, you will want to have suits that match the venue. If you and your groomsmen are younger and fit into the “hipster” crowd, suspenders are a big trend you may want to consider.

 

Now we can’t tell you exactly what suits to get. You’ll have to go over that with your groomsmen and your partner. We hope this blog has been useful in some way to give you at least somewhat of an idea of how you want your wedding party to look.

Are you making these suit mistakes?

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A perfect off-the-rack suit is tough to come by. You know what I’m talking about, one that hits all the sweet spots: fits you to a T, the color and pattern are just what you want, you don’t look boxy. They’re tough to find, so often you end up making sacrifices. You really want a certain pattern, so you will allow yourself to have a blazer that is a little too long.

Stop! Stop the madness. You shouldn’t have to compromise when you’re buying a suit. If you have suits that display these common issues, it may be time to find a tailor and get the suit of your dreams.

Too Big

Guys, it’s okay to get a suit that fits well. No longer should you relegate yourself to looking bulky or boxy, especially if you are not a bulky guy. You will end up looking sloppy or heavier than you actually are.

If the sleeves are too long or too short, the suit looks unfinished and can make you come off as careless. The jacket sleeve should end 1/2 inches above the shirt sleeve.

Well-fitting suits are in, because they actually look good. Trust us on this one.

Too Small

In addition to going too big, don’t go too small either. It will look like you grew out of your suit, or that it’s about to burst at the seams. You’ve seen it before, those guys with sleeves that seem 2 inches too short. Or their pants are showing their ankles unintentionally.

You need to hit that sweet spot of not too big and not too small. Which is why we recommend seeing a tailor for a custom suit, or alterations to your current suits.

Jacket is too long

Just don’t let it happen. A blazer that is too long just throws off all of your proportions. Nobody looks flattering in a long jacket.

The Lapels are too big

Big lapels are no longer a thing, thank heavens. If you watch reruns of shows like Seinfeld, you will notice Jerry’s lapels during his monologues. They are huge!

Make sure your lapels are under 3 inches, if they even get that big.

Pants are too long

The break in your pants (the part all the way at the bottom) should tall right at the shoe. If they fall above, they are much too short, and if they start bagging up at the bottoms then they’re much too long. Get those things hemmed!

Also, ensure that your pants are not baggy to begin with. You don’t want to be sporting an awesome looking blazer, tie, and shirt, only to have the whole outfit thrown off by a big pair of pants. It just doesn’t look well put together and will make you look heavier than you actually are.

Buttoning Up

If you have a two button jacket, do you know the proper buttoning procedure? Only button the top, that’s it, easy enough to remember. But tons of guys go around buttoning both or buttoning just the bottom.

If you have three buttons, just use the middle, or the top and middle if you must.

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How to clean stains out of your nicest outfits

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You’re out to eat, wearing your favorite suit with the gray pinstripes and the pattern you took forever to pick out. You feel great, enjoying yourself with friends, relaxing after work, eating delicious food and drinking good wine.

But then it happens.

Your worst nightmare comes true.

A passing customer bumps into a waiter and knocks your wine glass onto your lap.

It’s ruined, you think to yourself. There’s no coming back from a red wine stain. Why couldn’t you have just had water?

Don’t panic!

The best time to get the stain out is right as it happens. Letting it set will only further the problem.

Here are some common stains you may encounter and how to get them out of your nicest clothes.

Disclaimer: These are not foolproof and each technique is different based on the type of fabric and the severity of the stain. If you are not completely certain how to treat the stain,

Wine Stain

Treat the spot immediately with warm water, salt it, and let it stand. Rinse away the salt and dab at the stain with detergent. Rinse and launder as you normally would but avoid putting soap flakes into the washer.

Mud or Dirt

Get a bucket of lukewarm water. Soak the item and shake it around, then apply detergent to the rest of the stain and allow it to soak for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and repeat then put it in the laundry.

Sweat Stains

This is a common problem for t shirts and dress shirts. First, wash the item with hot water and detergent. If the stain isn’t too bad yet, this should clear it up. If the stain is still there, soak the item in warm water with a little salt and let it stand. You can also use bleach if the item is white.

Cooking Oil

If you plan to do some cooking in the kitchen, make sure to use an apron to protect yourself and your clothes. If you do happen to get a stain, treat it right away with lukewarm water. Take the item and soak it in warm water with detergent. Dab the stain with detergent, place it down on a paper towel, and let it sit. Repeat this process if the stain persists.

Coffee

Sipping Starbucks while driving in the car can be a dangerous game to play. If you haven’t spilled yet, it’s just a matter of time. If it does happen, soak the spot with lukewarm water as soon as you can. Then dab the stain with detergent or some vinegar diluted in water. Take the item and wash it at the warmest temperature the fabric can handle.

Need more stain cleaning tips?

Check out this article from How to Clean Stuff 

How to pack a suit for travel

You’re going on a business trip, or maybe a vacation and you just want to have something a bit formal. If you’re traveling and packing a suit, you need to know how to fold and care for it properly. You can’t just throw it in your bag like the rest of your clothes.

Lucky for you, there are tons of guides out there on how to pack a suit.

Here’s one from Brooks Brothers that shows you just how to fold everything and put it in a carry on.

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There’s also this one from Real Men Real Style on 3 ways to fold a suit jacket.

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Then there’s this full outfit packing guide from Suit Upp which shoes you how to pack everything including your shirts, sweaters, ties, belts, socks, shoes, and jacket.

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Then there’s the guide just on how to pack shirts from Garment Care.

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