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Old 03-31-2014, 12:09 PM
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Default Are any of you guys snappy dressers?

I'm trying to work out what I'm going to wear to get married in, but I'm having a hard time finding some good inspiration.

I'm looking at grey suit, fawn/biscuit/light brown waistcoat, with either a tie or cravat in the same aubergine colour as the bridesmaids dresses.

My problem is finding some good images to use as inspiration, to see if the above combo will work.

What kind of waistcoat, double breasted, high, low, horseshoe?

Tie or cravat.

I want to go the whole nine yards, tie pin, collar pin, pocket square, pocket watch, cufflinks etc.

But I'm really struggling to find myself some good websites, images I can use as inspiration. Once I have that then I can work out how we source the stuff and outfit the wedding party.

So any advice from the snapper dressers amongst you?
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The title of this thread came up as "Are any of you guys snappy" - so of course I thought "Me!"

Then I opened it and read it, and saw the word "dresser". Not me, I'm afraid :(

I'll ask my daughter, she's a fashion student and pretty hot at styling.
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Any excuses to get my friends' dresses out...
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I wore a cutaway tuxedo at my wedding. Google that and see if that's to your taste. Disclaimer: I would never call myself a snappy dresser.
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Not sure what the budget is here but I would suggest visiting a local haberdashery - or in American, a men's clothing store.

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I dress like a slob a lot of the time, but I know the sartorial arts pretty well when I feel like abiding the rules.

I'm old school when it comes to wedding attire. A black tuxedo. It should look something like this:

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Mini-Madge says try this for starters: http://www.pinterest.com/hardyharharharr/suits/
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The title of this thread came up as "Are any of you guys snappy" - so of course I thought "Me!"

Then I opened it and read it, and saw the word "dresser". Not me, I'm afraid :(

I'll ask my daughter, she's a fashion student and pretty hot at styling.
Thanks Magenta, I'm considering asking my future better half if we can find a bit of wedding budget for some kind of stylist advice. Searching through random google searches is starting to give me a headache!

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I'm not allowed to wear a dress :(

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I wore a cutaway tuxedo at my wedding. Google that and see if that's to your taste. Disclaimer: I would never call myself a snappy dresser.
Yep over here we call those morning suits. Unfortunately they make me look even shorter than I already am!!!!

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Not sure what the budget is here but I would suggest visiting a local haberdashery - or in American, a men's clothing store.

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Mike I'm not sure what the budget is either. The plan is find an idea to essentially copy and work out the best/affordable way of achieving it.

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I dress like a slob a lot of the time, but I know the sartorial arts pretty well when I feel like abiding the rules.

I'm old school when it comes to wedding attire. A black tuxedo. It should look something like this:

We looked at the tuxedo option, but the future wife isn't too keen on bowties. At this point you might be starting to empathise with my task :D

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Mini-Madge says try this for starters: http://www.pinterest.com/hardyharharharr/suits/
Ah, yes that stuff is heading in the right direction. What I'm unsure of is would certain combinations of that kind of stuff go well together?

i.e. would the light brown waistcoat go with a mid grey suit and an aubergine tie or cravat.

Perhaps I should whip out photoshop and do some mock ups!
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Book a free appointment with the personal shopper at Debenhams. You don't have to buy anything at all, but they'll do all the hard work for you, picking and choosing the right sort of thing so that you get a clearer idea of what you want and, if you prefer, you can go elsewhere to buy it. I can't believe I didn't think of this before. It really is dead easy, and nowhere near as scary as you might think it is. I've done it two or three times now, because I hate clothes shopping, and every time I've come away with something (or several somethings) that I'd never have picked myself, but which look great on me.

In the meantime, I'll ask Mini-Madge to put some combos together for you, but she's working on her final project (hand-in on 20th April) so she might be a bit pushed for time and ideas.
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Look up "1970" and those kind of tuxes are back! Chocolate brown, or pastel pinks, with the ruffles. And don't forget a cane and a top hat.

It'll be a hit. Again.


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Mini-Madge suggests a light grey suit with a dark grey waistcoat and aubergine tie/cravat, and silver accessories :)
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Mini-Madge suggests a light grey suit with a dark grey waistcoat and aubergine tie/cravat, and silver accessories :)
That sounds phenomenally classy.

One wedding I went to, I went in a light brown suit with a paisley-embroidered (but brown) tie and a pink shirt with brown shoes and swept, straightened long hair.

I think your daughter would kill me.
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That sounds phenomenally classy.

One wedding I went to, I went in a light brown suit with a paisley-embroidered (but brown) tie and a pink shirt with brown shoes and swept, straightened long hair.

I think your daughter would kill me.
Pictures, or it didn't happen! I bet you carried it off with aplomb and then some.

Mini-Madge would probably want you to do a photo shoot for her.
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Christ on a stick, I'll have a look... it was a few years ago...

It was quite a few years ago.

Paul, this is not a recommendation. More of a demonstration of what not to do.
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Ditto. If you want traditional, and you are thinking of buying rather than renting, I suggest looking for some 'trunk' sales. Trunk sales are where can buy top of the line designer/company tuxes for a much lower price than they sell for into the stores. These could be (un-worn) floor models or sample used by the designer rep. Sometimes you can find them on ebay or looking in magazines. You can get a designer $2K-$5K tux for several hundred dollars and they are worth every penny. Just don't look better than your wife. ;-)
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Christ on a stick, I'll have a look... it was a few years ago...

It was quite a few years ago.

Paul, this is not a recommendation. More of a demonstration of what not to do.
That was in your brown period, right?

You look younger now than you did then!
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I still like brown shoes.

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One of these two tuxes are always a safe and conservative approach to classy dressing...

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I haven't aged since I was about 17. I've always looked like this. I'm actually 90.
Brogues, one presumes?

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I bet you have a portrait in your attic.
Couldn't afford brogues. Not ones worth buying.

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Oh damn, I thought this thread was asking if I wore snaps. I prefer them for hiking clothes.

I'm no fashion plate but for my wedding (20 years ago) I wore a black coat with a white shirt w/ band collar (I hate ties) and dark grey pants. We got married in our backyard though with just a couple dozen relatives and close friends in attendance-nothing fancy. Our property is mostly trees and I planted some flowers that spring at the edge of the lawn where the trees begin. Some of the Sweet Williams still come up, so that's a nice reminder each year.
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Book a free appointment with the personal shopper at Debenhams. You don't have to buy anything at all, but they'll do all the hard work for you, picking and choosing the right sort of thing so that you get a clearer idea of what you want and, if you prefer, you can go elsewhere to buy it. I can't believe I didn't think of this before. It really is dead easy, and nowhere near as scary as you might think it is. I've done it two or three times now, because I hate clothes shopping, and every time I've come away with something (or several somethings) that I'd never have picked myself, but which look great on me.

In the meantime, I'll ask Mini-Madge to put some combos together for you, but she's working on her final project (hand-in on 20th April) so she might be a bit pushed for time and ideas.
Thats a great idea. Although won't they only show me things that they stock themselves rather than also give me ideas from other stores?

Tell mini-Madge thank you very much and good luck for her final project! If I continue to get stuck though I might be back waving money at you haha

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Mini-Madge suggests a light grey suit with a dark grey waistcoat and aubergine tie/cravat, and silver accessories :)
Nice, I think my nest bet is to photoshop some pictures of some possibilities together and see what it looks like.

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That sounds phenomenally classy.

One wedding I went to, I went in a light brown suit with a paisley-embroidered (but brown) tie and a pink shirt with brown shoes and swept, straightened long hair.

I think your daughter would kill me.
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Christ on a stick, I'll have a look... it was a few years ago...

It was quite a few years ago.

Paul, this is not a recommendation. More of a demonstration of what not to do.
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Ditto. If you want traditional, and you are thinking of buying rather than renting, I suggest looking for some 'trunk' sales. Trunk sales are where can buy top of the line designer/company tuxes for a much lower price than they sell for into the stores. These could be (un-worn) floor models or sample used by the designer rep. Sometimes you can find them on ebay or looking in magazines. You can get a designer $2K-$5K tux for several hundred dollars and they are worth every penny. Just don't look better than your wife. ;-)
Good idea, they call them sample sales here I believe. I'll have to investigate that. No chance I'll look better than the wife though (all together now awwwwwwwwwwwwwww)

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Scanning ebay now!

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Oh damn, I thought this thread was asking if I wore snaps. I prefer them for hiking clothes.

I'm no fashion plate but for my wedding (20 years ago) I wore a black coat with a white shirt w/ band collar (I hate ties) and dark grey pants. We got married in our backyard though with just a couple dozen relatives and close friends in attendance-nothing fancy. Our property is mostly trees and I planted some flowers that spring at the edge of the lawn where the trees begin. Some of the Sweet Williams still come up, so that's a nice reminder each year.
Thats a lovely idea. Our wedding will involve some 150 'close' relatives, groan!
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Thats a great idea. Although won't they only show me things that they stock themselves rather than also give me ideas from other stores?
Yes, but if you try on e.g. A Light Grey Suit with A Dark Grey Waistcoat and you like the look but not the price, you can look for something similar but affordable from another emporium. They'll also be able to help you identify the right sort of cut that will flatter you so you know exactly what style to look for. If memory serves, they do ask you what your budget is, so that they don't show you anything that is waaay out of range.
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Yes, but if you try on e.g. A Light Grey Suit with A Dark Grey Waistcoat and you like the look but not the price, you can look for something similar but affordable from another emporium. They'll also be able to help you identify the right sort of cut that will flatter you so you know exactly what style to look for. If memory serves, they do ask you what your budget is, so that they don't show you anything that is waaay out of range.
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Choosing Your Wedding Suit: What You Should Know
Purchase - donít rent

Most men go the rent-a-tux route. And we wouldnít totally blame you for it either, considering that you probably plan on wearing the darn thing for just a few hours. But this isnít your high school prom. So you can scrounge for your scrapbook or take our word for it: rented suits never fit properly and always look cheap. Not to mention the fact that someone else (in fact, many someone elses) wore it on their special day. Break the mold and buy.

Quit the corporate culture

You should look like youíre getting married, not giving a PowerPoint presentation. Suiting up in something new rather than a rental or boardroom leftover is a first step, but itís far from the only thing that will keep you out of the office. Go black, three piece, and shell out somewhat more than you may be used to. We guarantee itíll pay off.

Say something with the fit

You may be tempted to break out the bells and whistles. This day, after all, is only supposed to come around once. But despite your best instincts, your energy and hard earned money is better spent on tailoring. An inexpensive but impeccably cut suit will look like a million bucks. The same canít be said for a pricey, ill-fitting one.
Form follows fabric

A tailorís nip and tuck can only go so far. Without a fine fabric to lay the foundation, itís tough to construct a winning wedding suit. A slouchy, shapeless blend will leave you looking, well, slouchy and shapeless. A weighty wool, on the other hand, will do just the opposite.

From here: http://www.askmen.com/fashion/fashio...ding-suit.html
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I am by no means a snappy dresser, but I am married and understand that the wedding, while celebrating the both of you and your new life together, is really about the bride. Don't mess up her special day by wearing something that might not sit well with her. If she doesn't like your tie, at some point you will hear about it, even if it is 10 years later. Ask your bride to be what she wants you to wear, or at least some guidelines for you to follow.
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Unless I'm forced to do otherwise, I'm wearing jeans and a comfortable t-shirt. Never cared much for being a snappy dresser, although I'm often a nappy stresser.
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I like to think myself a pretty well dressed individual when I put the effort forth. I too am a newlywed and had about 150 at my wedding.

Ok, lets qualify a little bit...

What month/time of day will the wedding be?

What is the bride wearing? Ball gown? traditional/modern? Color?

Where will the service/reception be held? Traditional church ceremony? park? Parking lot?

What look do you like? Bogart? 20's Gangster? Napoleon? Obviously you're going to have to settle on the bride's terms but your favorite look will give us all some ideas.

Lastly, what is your body type? You mentioned that you're a little short. Are you stocky? large? Slim? This will allow us to rule out certain looks.

Ex: A larger guy will want to avoid a double breasted coat as it will make you look larger in the midsection with all that extra fabric.

Edit: What Polack said, your tie and colors will have to be in line with the wedding colors. Thats fine so long as your wife doesn't pick some ridiculous colors that you can't stand.
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. If she doesn't like your tie, at some point you will hear about it, even if it is 10 years later.
What MIP meant to say was "...you will hear about it, probably for at least the next ten years"
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I am by no means a snappy dresser, but I am married and understand that the wedding, while celebrating the both of you and your new life together, is really about the bride. Don't mess up her special day by wearing something that might not sit well with her. If she doesn't like your tie, at some point you will hear about it, even if it is 10 years later. Ask your bride to be what she wants you to wear, or at least some guidelines for you to follow.
Don't worry I'm not crazy or suicidal, I wouldn't dream of not telling her what I'm going to be wearing! :)

I value my life!

But I am tasked with working out some options (we have already discussed some of the points) and then we will decide together.

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Unless I'm forced to do otherwise, I'm wearing jeans and a comfortable t-shirt. Never cared much for being a snappy dresser, although I'm often a nappy stresser.
My dad is pressuring me to make it a jeans and t-shirt affair and apparently the nappy stressing will come later?!

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I like to think myself a pretty well dressed individual when I put the effort forth. I too am a newlywed and had about 150 at my wedding.

Ok, lets qualify a little bit...

What month/time of day will the wedding be?

What is the bride wearing? Ball gown? traditional/modern? Color?

Where will the service/reception be held? Traditional church ceremony? park? Parking lot?

What look do you like? Bogart? 20's Gangster? Napoleon? Obviously you're going to have to settle on the bride's terms but your favorite look will give us all some ideas.

Lastly, what is your body type? You mentioned that you're a little short. Are you stocky? large? Slim? This will allow us to rule out certain looks.

Ex: A larger guy will want to avoid a double breasted coat as it will make you look larger in the midsection with all that extra fabric.

Edit: What Polack said, your tie and colors will have to be in line with the wedding colors. Thats fine so long as your wife doesn't pick some ridiculous colors that you can't stand.
Wedding is October 30 2014 so Autumn (Fall for the americans)

I am obviously not allowed to see the brides dress or know anything about it, but it is going to be fairly traditional I believe in white/ivory/cream sort of colour. i.e. not red or black or anything off the wall.

Service is in a church and the wedding reception is in a place called Wynyard Hall, a kind of old stately manor house type place.

Look wise, I'm leaning towards vintage. But that term gets bandied about a lot and nobody really knows what it means anymore. So to me it means simply a nicely tailored suit, with a focus on the details. ie Cravat pin if we go cravat, I'm a fan of collar pins (boardwalk empire style), tie bars, pocket watches, pocket square, etc.

Based on Madge and Mini-Madge's suggestions above I ended up creating a pinterest thing, which is here if that helps?

http://www.pinterest.com/kirk4347/wedding/

I like the thought of the buff/fawn coloured waistcoat with a grey suit, but I'll have to photoshop it together I think to see if it works as I can't find any pictures of that combo. Maybe because it won't work! I'd also like to be creative with the waistcoat, I like some of the more unusual ideas like the double breasted waistcoats and the horseshoe shaped ones. But possibly the single breasted high ones are the ones that evoke the right style?

Wedding colours - the bridesmaids are in aubergine, so we have decided the tie/cravat will match that. As for other colours the flowers will have greens and possibly oranges in with it being autumn, but we don't know that for definate yet, so any splash of orange I'll leave to be taken by the button hole.

Size wise, I'm fairly slim, I would say a semi athletic build these days haha, but I have quite broad square shoulders.

I am short at 5'8".

Also the grooms wedding party will consist of 6 people, which I presume all need to match?

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