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Originally Posted by sobedawg View Post

I am getting married in a few months 5/11/13 and was thinking about having my groomsmen wear a light gray suit with a white shirt, charcoal vest, and charcoal plaid tie.
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My groomsmen range from 6'4" 160lbs to 5'9" 240 lbs.
There is no one suit which will look best on that wide a range of body types.

Please, please give up on the notion that all your groomsmen must be in matching uniforms. I know that bridal planners like the idea, and so may brides, but none of that keeps it from being a bad idea. It is a relatively modern trend, and one which you should not embrace.

Simply make it clear to your groomsmen that they must wear gray suits and white shirts. Let them choose their own gray suits. If you really want to exercise control, specify that they be light gray. If you doubt your groomsmen's ability to find appropriate suits, give your groomsmen a list of 3 or 4 sources where such suits can be obtained, along with a few pictures of the sort of suits which would be acceptable, and emphasize to them that because suits may need minor alterations for best fit, they must purchase their suits no later than *insert date HERE*. Believe it or not, they will almost certainly look better in the wedding photos that way, than they will in matching uniform.

You can even give each groomsmen the charcoal plaid tie you like, as a gift, with instructions to wear it to the wedding.

But unlike bridesmaids, groomsmen are not supposed to all wear identical, unflattering outfits. If your bride thinks differently, explain to her why it's not necessary, and not desirable, that your groomsmen be dressed that way.

I, of course, fully expect my advice to you to be ignored. Good advice usually is.
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Michael
Edited by 12345Michael54321 - 2/1/13 at 1:23pm
post #20072 of 31067
Just learned I made it to the final round of an interview with senior partners at the firm and I'm looking to invest in a new suit that will help me look the part. I live in NYC and am about 6 foot, 235 pounds, 40/42" waist. I want something with pretty decent quality (at least that of Brooks Brothers) and am looking for a quick turnaround as I'm not sure when the interview is scheduled for but would think it might be next week. Any recommendations appreciated and let me know if you need any more info!
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Brooks Brothers?
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Originally Posted by E,TF View Post


There is a relevant section of Styleforum 101 that you should read.

 

Thank you, I discovered that post shortly after I posted this question, but being a new member my post went to the black box and was uneditable :-)  I also have discovered the major sentiment here on styleforum regarding "matching uniforms".

 

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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


There is no one suit which will look best on that wide a range of body types.

Please, please give up on the notion that all your groomsmen must be in matching uniforms. I know that bridal planners like the idea, and so may brides, but none of that keeps it from being a bad idea. It is a relatively modern trend, and one which you should not embrace.

Simply make it clear to your groomsmen that they must wear gray suits and white shirts. Let them choose their own light gray suits. If you really want to exercise control, specify that they be light gray. If you doubt your groomsmen's ability to find appropriate suits, give your groomsmen a list of 3 or 4 sources where such suits can be obtained, along with a few pictures of the sort of suits which would be acceptable, and emphasize to them that because suits may need minor alterations for best fit, they must purchase their suits no later than . Believe it or not, they will almost certainly look better in the wedding photos that way, than they will in matching uniform.

You can even give each groomsmen the charcoal plaid tie you like, as a gift, with instructions to wear it to the wedding.

But unlike bridesmaids, groomsmen are not supposed to all wear identical, unflattering outfits. If your bride thinks differently, explain to her why it's not necessary, and not desirable, that your groomsmen be dressed that way.

I, of course, fully expect my advice to you to be ignored. Good advice usually is.
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Michael

 

Michael, I appreciate the advice.  I did not question this notion of matching as presented by my bride-to-be, but I will certainly discuss the pros and (mostly) cons of forcing uniformity on my friends :-)

 

Can either of you speak to the question about a contrasting vest?  It seems that the overwhelming majority of vests that I've seen in pictures match the suit (i.e. a three piece suit.)  Is that a fashion rule? Or is it ok to match a vest to the tie rather than the jacket and pants?

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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Brooks Brothers?

Haha, good point and I'm planning on stopping there this evening but I was hoping to get an idea of some alternatives that may give you a better value. Oh, I just found out the interview is this Tuesday afternoon.
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That's very short notice for alterations. Some places may be able to rush it if it's just sleeve/trouser length issues, but that's cutting it very close... You don't have another suit that works?
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If you can get an 1818 line from Brooks on sale that's all the value you're going to get for short notice. Also try Paul Stuart, just don't get anything from Phineas Cole at Paul Stuart.
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

That's very short notice for alterations. Some places may be able to rush it if it's just sleeve/trouser length issues, but that's cutting it very close... You don't have another suit that works?

While I agree that it's really quite an oversight to not have a suit around, if you have to buy one in a panic, it can be done.

But a local alteration shop that doesn't send its stuff off site (unlike most retail stores) could do a turnaround that fast in a pinch. I've had one forget to have pants done by the day on the ticket, and they were able to do it while I got a cup of coffee a few doors down. Obviously, simple alterations only- sleeves and hem. But that should do you in a pinch if you pick out the right cut.
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What do you think: too tight?

 

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Originally Posted by ryan82885 View Post

Just learned I made it to the final round of an interview with senior partners at the firm and I'm looking to invest in a new suit that will help me look the part. I live in NYC and am about 6 foot, 235 pounds, 40/42" waist. I want something with pretty decent quality (at least that of Brooks Brothers) and am looking for a quick turnaround as I'm not sure when the interview is scheduled for but would think it might be next week. Any recommendations appreciated and let me know if you need any more info!


If you need something tailored in a rush, I'd use the guys across the street from Epaulet in Manhattan.  I had them hem my pants for me within 30 minutes of dropping them off.  I'm sure they could work similar magic on other items and for other types of alterations.  Give 'em a call, shoot them the specifics and see what they can do for you.

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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

That's very short notice for alterations. Some places may be able to rush it if it's just sleeve/trouser length issues, but that's cutting it very close... You don't have another suit that works?

I have a suit, but it's a few years old and I already wore it to my first round of interviews this past week. After thinking about it, I'll probably just stick with the same suit for now but instead get a new shirt and tie combo for the next set of interviews Tuesday.
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What do you think: trousers too tight?

 

 

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Originally Posted by GreatLakes View Post

 

I'm 5'9 148 lb and wear a small J Crew shirt and have several medium sweaters.

 

A regular small J.Crew shirt would likely be too short for you.

I see :) My usual problem is that sweaters are to short so I guess you'd be right. I just ordered a M Brooks Brothers and I'll later order a M L.L. Bean. I hope they'll work or else I'll have to sell 'em myself...

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Which fits me better from this comparison picture? This is the same shirt, top two pictures are XS, bottom two are S. I'm having a really hard time finding good fitting shirts as I try to transitional to a more professional wardrobe. I have a 36" chest and 29" waist but I feel as if everything fits unflattering. The S feels baggy at parts and it's hard to tell from the pictures. However the XS is a bit tight in the torso. Should I try a specific shirt model, can anyone recommend?

 

 

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Originally Posted by ryan82885 View Post


I have a suit, but it's a few years old and I already wore it to my first round of interviews this past week. After thinking about it, I'll probably just stick with the same suit for now but instead get a new shirt and tie combo for the next set of interviews Tuesday.

There is a tailor at 8 E 8th St in Manhattan. I can't remember the name, but it begins with a B. They do their tailoring in-house and can get the stuff to you possibly the same or next day if you tell them you are in a rush. They are also pretty decent and not affiliated with a dry cleaner or anything like that.

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