Look Book: The Suit - Ryan

Nothing defines mens' styling as much as the suit. It is the epitome of male fashion and speaks volumes about the person wearing it.

However, it's far easier to wear a suit the wrong way than it is to get mistaken for Jude Law. Too often men grab something off the rail based on the following thought process:

  • Does the jacket button up leaving enough space underneath for a bulletproof vest, just incase I become an undercover cop?
  • Are the pockets big enough to hold my phone, wallet, keys, iPad, and lunch?
  • Will the trousers stay up with the help of a belt?
  • Yes, to all three? Great, bag it up chief!

Now I'm not going to teach anyone how to buy a suit; Google will throw up more than enough results. But, gentlemen, for the ultimate suit that will give you the cut, shape, and silhouette to cause doors to open and velvet ropes to part there is only one way to go: bespoke.

Nothing can possibly fit better than a suit made to your exact specifications. Not only will it make you feel and rock out like an A-lister every time you step out in it, but surely there is nothing more appropriate to wear for the most special event in your life: your wedding day. Conside this: if girls are splashing out on a gown that will only see one day's use, why shouldn't you treat yourself to a suit that can be worn for as long as you can keep off the kilos?!

There are many shops and tailors in Sydney that produce Saville Row style bespoke suits. I currently have a penchant for a cheeky custom number from MJ Bale (who I'm stoked to announce are exhibiting alongside me at the One Fine Day boutique bridal fair on 27th May!). But this post is not about me. It's dedicated to Ryan, one of my recent grooms who had a beautiful navy bespoke suit made by P. Johnson Tailors in Paddington for his big day. Ryan inspired me with his attention to styling details: monogrammed initials in the lining of the suit jacket and the date of his wedding hidden under the collar; bright pink and navy polka dot socks from Paul Smith; a monogrammed shirt; and a neat pocket square to finish it all off. Ryan didn't wear cufflinks or a tie but that worked to his advantage; the fitted suit and open neck white shirt was a perfect demonstration of casual sophistication. 

Before I leave you with a few photos of Ryan looking super dapper, there are a couple of "rules" that I like to remind male guests of when wearing suits, and particularly when having their photograph taken:

  • ALWAYS fasten the top button of your suit jacket to give yourself a killer silhouette (this can also be the middle button on a three button jacket)
  • NEVER fasten the bottom button of your suit jacket. That goes for waistcoats too. They are designed and cut not to have the bottom buttons in play and this is based on a tradition that goes back more than a hundred years. If you want to know more check out this post from The Art of Manliness.

And on a final note, my favourite mens' style destination Mr Porter has just opened its Wedding Store to ensure the ladies swoon at your feet whether you're in the city or the country, or attending as a guest or a groom.

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