g. Leather Shoes
Another men’s wedding suit accessory that adds finesse to the overall look of a groom is a pair of quality leather shoes. Ensure that your wedding shoes closely match your belt and suit colour. It’s important to properly shine your shoes for your wedding day.
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h. Wrist Watch
A dress-up wristwatch enhances your entire ensemble. Finish up your wedding suit look with a wristwatch. Wear your wristwatch on your wrist. The watch should fit you rightly (not too loosely-fit and not too big), and it should peek through your shirt cuff for that classic man effect.
Getting the Proper Fit: Ready-Made Suit or ‘Cut-and-Sew’?
Size is not the only thing to look out for when shopping for a suit. Read on to know the other things that make a suit look the way they do on the body. These essential tips will help you know the names of styles of suit cuts to ask for when you desire a certain look. Read on.
3 Types of Men’s Suit Style Fits or Suit Cuts (Buying Guide)
When shopping for your suit, you’ll find that some modern suits are cut to be tighter on the body and some are designed to have more allowance. Two different suits may come in the same size but different fits, based on how they are cut. That’s what suit fit is about. Generally, you’ll find men’s suits styled in 3 main fits: standard-fit suits, slim-fit suits, and skinny-fit suits.
Some younger men prefer slim-fit suits and skinny suits, which looks sleek and like a smart casual. The standard-cut or standard fit suits are suitable for all occasions and formality. The type of suit fit style you choose depends on your preference. Here’s a guide to help you when shopping for the perfect style of suit cut for the occasion or for your personality:
- Standard or classic fit men’s suit: This is the regular-fit suit styles that are common in the office places. The classic-fit suit is designed or cut to have more allowance (not tight-fitting) but is properly-fit, meaning that the suit does not look oversized.
- Slim-fit men’s suit: This is a fitted suit and by the way, it is cut, slim-fit suits do not have an extra allowance of materials/ fabric. When you wear a slim-fit suit, the jacket and trousers will hug tightly close to your chest and waist. The slim-fit suit is tight but not too tight to the extent that you cannot breathe.
- Skinny-fit men’s suit: This style of suit is tighter than the slim-fit suit cut. Skinny-fit suits are cut/ sewn to be body-hugging suit and you can notice the cut from the tight legs of the suit trousers and the tight arms of the jackets.
Suit Sizing and How to Get the Proper-Fit for Your Body
Only a suit in your right-sizing and with the proper fit will make you stand out. With that saying, ensure to buy your wedding suit in the correct size, and also get the right fit for your body type. If you plan on buying a ready-made wedding suit, chances are that it may not be a perfect fit. So, budget in advance for amendments, and find a good tailor that will help you adjust the suit trouser or jacket to better fit your body on every side.
If a cut-and-sew (made-to-measure) wedding suit is your preference, that’s totally okay because there are many pretty good menswear tailors in Nigeria. Just be sure to find a good tailor that you are sure will sew a well-fil suit for your body, and that also won’t disappoint on the style or delivery date. After getting your tailor-made suit, you’ll still need to have the final fitting and adjustment by your tailor to make it fit you properly.
It doesn’t matter whether you choose a ready-made suit or cut-and-sew suit, what matters is that you get the right fit with your wedding suit. Designer men’s suits are nice to have but if you can’t afford them, you’ll still look as elegant if you buy one with a proper fit. The perfect suit is all about the right fit for your body type. With suits, the right fit means the suit should not be sloppy or too big or too small, just be sure that it’s a perfectly-fit and clean-cut suit you’re comfortable in. When trying on suits at the shops, a suit that properly fits you will look better, taller, slimmer and muscular.
Wrapup: The Best Wedding Suit Ideas for Men
As a wedding guest or groom or one of the groomsmen, the secret to looking sleek and sharp in suits is proper fitting, which is all about having your suit looking right (not too big, not too small), and not having some parts of the suit not looking smooth. Finally, remember that when buying your wedding suits, what really matters is getting the proper fit and the right size. Even a super expensive designer suit that does not fit properly will look super cheap on the body. So, it’s not about how much your suit costs but how well your suit looks on you, and the tiny little suit accessories that add extra posh-ness to your look.
Unlike women who have different dress styles to play with, men wear suits to work, to meetings and to special occasions, and as a result, many Nigerian men struggle with pulling different looks in similar-looking suits for different events or places. How do you avoid looking nerdy in suits when the event is a social one? Your goal should be to look sleek in a suit. Every man who is a wedding guest or has another type of special occasion to attend feels the urge to look his best and show off his sense of style.
Similarly, every groom feels that his wedding day attire is special and requires a well-fitted suit and tie, and a few accessories details that will make him look polished and put-together, and not like he is wearing a regular office suit. Does that sound like you?
To stand out on your special occasion suits and not look like you’re dressed up for work (as per suits are also office dressing), it’s the small details that make a big difference in your look. Pay attention to details like pocket-square handkerchief, boutonniere, the quality of belt and shoes you wear, the quality of shirt you wear inside, ditching the belt and throwing in suspenders for that edgy look when you unbutton or take off the suit.
EXTRA SUIT STYLING TIPS FOR GROOMS & GROOMSMEN: Many Nigerian brides are over-the-moon excited about their wedding gown and put as much effort into finding the best wedding dress. It’s not the same story for many grooms in Nigeria (some try, though). Some men casually say it’s the woman’s day and their duty (as the groom) is just to show up with just any suit and tie. Really? We think that if you’ll be standing beside your bride who’s wearing an expensive and gorgeous dress, you too should be stylishly dressed for the occasion. Let’s show you how to dress with elegance for your white wedding.
So, there you have it on our suits and wedding suit shopping tips for Nigerian grooms, male wedding guests and generally for every man that likes sleek dressing. Now you have a checklist of the 5 wedding suit style essentials to look out for when shopping, the little details and suit accessories that will make you stand out and how to get the perfectly-fit men’s wedding suit for your Nigerian wedding.
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Now, I’d like to hear from you. What’s your groom style from the 8 wedding suit styling ideas discussed above? How are you planning to dress at your wedding as a groom or what’s the best groom style idea you have seen at Nigerian weddings? What style and colour of men’s wedding suit is your favourite and which of the above suit accessories are your must-have and which ones do you think you don’t care about? Comment below to share your thoughts and let’s get the discussion going.