Contributing editor and photographer: Justin Salem Meyer
For her wedding day, the bride will have her hair done ($75), her makeup done ($50), her nails and toenails done ($50), a spray tan ($50), a dress (~$2000), and a veil ($200). Believe me, it all pays off. But then the groom shows up in an ill-fitting $100 rental tux that was measured by a high school student?!? May I suggest a better way.
Rent, buy, borrow, but please get something that fits gentlemen!
— Rent —
There are great options out there for rent but make sure it fits! Try it on when you pick it up.
— Buy & Get it tailored —
Grab something off the rack from a department store and take it to get it tailored.
— Go Custom —
Most fine menswear stores do a made-to-measure program. This is an expensive option but it is obviously the best fit you can get. Keep in mind, this can take a few months to get your suit/tux made.
Five tips to looking great on your wedding day:
1. No gap between shirt collar and jacket lapel.
2. Shoulder should be fitted.
3. Make sure pants hit at the right length.
(A slight break is how I personally prefer it.)
4. Sleeve lengths are intentional.
(I like about .5" showing.)
5. Get shoes that feel good and don’t let your wedding day be the first time you try them on.
Don't Forget: There are a few ways to make your suit more personal. ACCESSORIES: Tie bar, pocket square, lapel pin/flower or CUSTOMIZE IT: Have your name/wedding date embroidered inside the jacket.
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