Making sure you've got the right suit fit: Sarah and Jay at wedding at Thornton Manor

Getting the Right Suit Fit for your Wedding

Typically, the bride will look her best on her wedding day. But what about the groom? Getting the right suit fit for the groom and his groomsmen is so important!

Your wedding photos will last a lifetime and so it’s likely that you’ll want everyone to look perfect in them. This doesn’t just mean the bride, but the groom as well.

You’ve got all the major things sorted like the perfect venue and the food choices. You’ve even got your dress sorted, but the men’s suits can be just as difficult.

Getting the right suit fit is so important, and there’ll be a few decisions that need to be made when it comes to the men’s outfits. Do they want tails or morning suit? Do they want cravats or a normal tie? The options are almost mind boggling.

Fashion brand Chums have created a fun video where they’ve given Jeremy Clarkson a makeover, taking an ill-fitting suit and making it fit perfectly! This gave us some inspiration for this post where we wanted to discuss the types of suits you can go for and how you know it fits correctly.

 

Getting the Right Fit

According to Chums, a large triangle of shirt that’s visible beneath the button when done up means your jacket is too big. A button with wrinkles around it means it’s too small. Your tie shouldn’t be too wide or too skinny, and your trousers shouldn’t be too long or they’ll wrinkle around the ankles. Let’s break some of these points down a little bit.

Jacket

Your jacket should end in line with your knuckles when your hands are by your side. This is how you’ll know it isn’t too long or too short. Your shoulder pads should end with your shoulders (this is pretty common sense) and the top button shouldn’t fall below your navel.

The perfect sleeve length can be hard to judge. The sleeve should end where your thumb meets your wrist. A tiny bit of your shirt (just a quarter of an inch or so) should be visible below the cuff line.

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Your jacket sleeves should end where your thumb meets your wrist. Photo credit: Kate Mayo Photography
 

Trousers

Your suit trousers should sit on your hipbone, if not slightly higher. They should never be worn as low as jeans as your trousers will just look saggy.

To ensure they fit properly on your legs, you should be able to pinch an inch of fabric either side of your thigh. Any more than this and your trousers are too big.

The ‘break’ in the leg determines the length of your trousers. A slight break is ideal for most men and looks a little like this:

Photo of man in check suit with red brogues on showing correct leg break to make suit fit properly.
Photo credit: He Spoke Style

You can see where the break falls in the fabric and the trousers aren’t too baggy.

Waistcoat and Other Accessories

A good-fitting waistcoat is imperative but you can’t go far wrong with it. Just make sure the buttons aren’t too tight at the front (this can usually be adjusted at the back) and that the arms don’t dig into your armpits, as this will be uncomfortable.

Cravats are still very popular for those looking at traditional wedding suits, but ties are equally popular. It’s up to you which one you choose, just make sure a tie isn’t too wide or too skinny.

 

Tailored Fit vs. Slim Fit vs. Regular

Moss Bros have got a really good guide on how to get the right suit fit. They explain the difference between tailored fit, skinny fit, regular fit, and slim fit, but we thought we’d break down some of those here too.

A tailored-fit suit has well-defined shoulders with a tapered waist. The arms and legs are also slightly tapered, but aren’t as narrow as you’d find in a slim-fit suit.

Slim-fit is more close fitting around the shoulders and waist, with narrower arms and legs than a tailored fit. The trouser hem will graze the top of your shoe, resulting in a slight break and the jacket may be slightly shorter in length too.

Regular suits tend to have more give in the waist and a longer length jacket which makes them better for men over 6ft 2″. They’re also slightly wider on the shoulders.

 

Finding the perfect suit can be tough, especially when there’s multiple groomsmen to shop for. We hope this guide to getting the right suit fit can help you leading up to your big day!

Header photo credit: Rachel Clarke Photography