Ask the Guys

I'm getting married this year, and while I would really like to treat myself to a top of the range suit, I want to fit the bridal party out in similar suits without spending a fortune. Is this possible?

This is something that crops up every day now, as wedding suits has become a very important part of our everyday business. Often the Groom will want to push the boat out on his own suit, and either buy a top of the range readymade suit, or have something Tailor Made for himself.

We can also offer less expensive suits for the rest of the Bridal Party,starting at $399.00. Our sales team will ensure you get the closest match available to your own suit, but all within your budget. - Joe

In the current economic climate, should I buy a plain coloured suit or are stripes still the way to go?

This question comes up time after time, and can be a bit of a "grey" area. While stripes are still extremely popular, certainly the business customer is tending to tone down the depth of the stripe in their suits. More subtle stripes are proving very popular. Plain colours are always a good option, as they can be a bit more versatile, and gives you greater scope when choosing shirts and ties. Plain navy and charcoal grey in particular are our two strongest sellers. - Paul

I buy a couple of Designer suits each year and never wear the same suit more than once a week. However, the seat of the trousers always develops a shine after a while. I dry clean them no more than twice a year. Is there any way of preventing this?

Unfortunately this is something we in the trade are constantly working on improving - but by and large, still to no avail.

All fabrics, be they dark in color or lighter, tend to shine.Its just something that happens when the cloth constantly is rubbing against other surfaces. It is more apparent on the darker colours obviously, but then the lighter colours show up other marks more easily, so it is a bit of a catch 22 situation. By the sounds of things, you look after your garments exactly how we would recommend - I would suggest you keep doing this, and hopefully sometime in the near future somebody will come up with something to stop this happening. - Gino

Do belts and shoes have to match?

They need not match exactly - in fact, matching them too closely could look far too try-hard for some tastes - but they should reside in the same ballpark, e.g., chestnut and chocolate are usually close enough, but dark, reddish brown and light tan are not. Needless to say, black and brown should be kept apart, unless they're both so dark that only a lunatic could possibly notice. - Paul

Crease or no crease down the front of the leg?

CREASE! Unless they're khakis or another form of casual trouser, which are always better without.

Get it? Got it? Good. - Joe

Can I wear a watch on my right wrist?

Seems to me we've historically worn watches on our left wrists because they're easier to wind with our dominant right hands. This is, of course, irrelevant if one's watch is automatic. Or if it's quartz, driven by battery. Or if one is left-handed, in which case it's whatever the hell makes him most comfortable. It's also worth noting that a lot of watchmakers - Seiko, Panerai, and TAG Heuer among them - make lefts, or watches made with the movement reversed so the crown is placed at the nine-o'clock position instead of the normal three o'clock. I still wouldn't advise wearing it on the basketball court. - Gino

Keep them coming people, we love all the questions no matter how quirky they are!

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