Dress to Impress: Your Guide to Wedding Dress Codes

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Dress to Impress: Your Guide to Wedding Dress Codes

Weddings are fabulous affairs, but dressing for them can be a bit tricky. The good thing is, the couple will almost always give you a dress code in their invitation to work with, so you aren’t showing up to their big day sticking out like a sore thumb. We’re going to look at the most common dress codes for weddings and tell you a bit about what they mean for you as a guest. 

The dress codes we’ll talk about are white tie, black tie, black tie optional, semi-formal, festive, casual, and destination. Clearly, there are a lot of options that the happy couple can pick from when organizing their big day, and it’s important that you as a guest dress appropriately for the occasion.

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White Tie

A white tie affair is what you can expect for the Met Gala. It is the highest level of formality there is. For the men, there isn’t too much opportunity to express yourself or have fun picking out your look, because the goal is for everyone to look extremely similar and, of course, extremely formal. A white tie dress code requires a tuxedo with tails – no exceptions – and a formal white shirt and white vest. You’ll also be expected to wear a bow tie, white gloves, and you should be wearing formal shoes like a pair of clean, inconspicuous oxfords.

Black Tie

Black tie is the next most formal look. Imagine a party you’d see James Bond himself at. It’s reserved for evening events and is similar to the white tie, where you will be expected to wear a tuxedo, but it differs in that your vest is typically black as opposed to white. If you wish, you can opt for a cummerbund instead. For footwear, you’ll want to wear black patent leather shoes. While it is slightly less formal than white tie, the goal is still for the men to look as similar and polished as possible.

Black Tie Optional

This one can be a bit confusing. The general rule is that a tuxedo is recommended, but not required. If you don’t want to wear a tuxedo, still maintain a high level of formality by wearing a clean, dark suit, a white dress shirt, and a dark tie, typically in a solid color as opposed to a pattern. This does leave a little more room for creativity, but is still quite formal and is typically used for evening weddings.
 

Semi-formal/Dressy Casual

The semi-formal style leaves a decent amount of room for options. You’re not required to wear any one particular thing, and when you’re deciding what to wear, you’ll want to consider the time of day and the season of the wedding. Semi-formal attire has a wide range of options that are appropriate, but there are a few guidelines to keep in mind. You will want to wear a suit and tie, but you can go light if the wedding is taking place during the day or in the summer, and dark if it’s an evening affair, or takes place in the winter.

Festive

The festive dress code is a relatively recent phenomenon, and can be a lot of fun to dress for. The key tenet is that the happy couple wants their guests to have fun with their looks. You’ll still want to wear a suit, but you can play with the look by wearing a fun bow-tie, suspenders, a patterned tie, or a bright pocket square. Basically, have fun with this one! You’ve been given a good amount of freedom!

Casual

Casual weddings typically take place outdoors, sometimes even on the beach. You can be pretty relaxed in this dress code: dress pants or khakis are all good, with a collared shirt. If you want to dress it up a bit, you can wear a tie or a jacket, but it’s not required. Bring a nice looking sweater if it’s going to be cold or windy!

Destination

You’ve been invited to a destination wedding! Awesome, let’s party! Destination weddings are super fun, and they usually mean somewhere tropical, so the weather will likely be humid and hot, and you’ll want to dress in something nice but also comfortable for the environment. Guayabera shirts are commonplace at tropical weddings. Also known as Cuban summer shirts, they are short sleeved, linen button-downs with two vertical pleats on either side of the front of the shirt, and a decorative pocket. Wear with linen pants or khakis for a perfect beach wedding look.

A Code for Every Occasion

As we mentioned at the start of this article, the happy couple will definitely let you know what the dress code is for their wedding. Themes and styles are an integral part of wedding planning and they wouldn’t forgo making sure their guests fit in with the look they are going for as well. We’ve covered seven different wedding dress codes here, and now you can take a look at the suits, shirts, pants, and shoes we carry, with their tens of thousands of customization options, to create a perfect look for the next wedding you find yourself at!

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The Right Fit: Ensuring Your Suit Works for You

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The Right Fit: Ensuring Your Suit Works for You

The Right Fit

Suits can be tricky: there are a lot of nuances that go into suit construction and fit that can make or break a look. The jacket, the shirt, and the trousers all have a variety of aspects that must work together for the suit to look well-fitted and neat. Today, we’re going to look at the different elements of a suit, and talk about how to determine if your pieces have a proper fit. 

First, when trying on your suit, you want to make sure you are standing in what is called the ‘natural stance’, in which you are standing straight with your feet placed slightly apart and your arms hanging loosely by your sides.

The Jacket

The jacket easily has the most elements that you need to consider when analyzing the fit of your suit. You must consider the space around the button, the collar, the sleeves, and the back panel, which includes the vents and length. The shoulders are typically considered the most important aspect of a jacket’s fit, because they act as the framework for the rest of the jacket and its drape over your body. 

The shoulders should lie flat, with no ripples or lumps – ripples or lumps can both be indicative of shoulders too long or too short, because the lumps can be caused by the edge of the shoulder, where it meets the arm, pulling back over the surface of the shoulder, or they can be caused by an excess gathering of cloth hanging over the edge of the shoulder. As a guide, you want the shoulders to be no narrower than your own, and slightly wider than your own, so there is room for the meeting between the shoulder and the arm to rest over the dress shirt without pulling taut.

Next, look at the buttons. If you’re in your ‘natural stance’, at least one of your buttons should be done. How does the jacket look when it’s stretched around your torso? If the lapels are hanging down, angled off your chest, the fit is too loose. If the button is pulled taut and the bottom, inner corners of the jacket are flared outwards, it is too tight. As with the shoulders, you want no strain, and no wrinkles.

Your collar is somewhat similar. If it’s too loose, it will hang back, and won’t rest flat against your neck. If it’s too tight, there will be bunching around the collar. You want it to rest against your neck and be closely fitted, but not too snug – you should be able to fit one or two fingers in between the collar and your neck itself. A poorly fitting collar could be because the size of the collar isn’t right for your body, but it could also be due to poorly fitted shoulders, or an incorrect size for the back panel.

Speaking of the back, the length should fall just along the curve of the buttocks. From the side view, the bottom hem of the jacket should sit right at the middle of the hand. The vents of the back panel should be sitting flat, they should not be pulled outwards; if they are, the fit is too tight. The sleeves come down to one thing: the amount of shirt cuff that is showing underneath the cuff of the jacket. You want there to be about half an inch of shirt cuff peeking out.

The Shirt

The shirt is not quite as complicated as the jacket, and it obviously contains many of the same elements that the jacket does. Much like the jacket, the collar should be snug, but there should be room for one or two fingers.

The shoulders of the shirt should be an even closer fit than the jacket. You don’t want any over-extension at the point where the shoulder meets the arm, it should be as close a fit as possible without being tight – which would cause the shoulders to bunch up.

The shirt sleeves should end at the break of the wrist, where the large wrist-bone is, with the recommended half-inch of shirt cuff peeking out from underneath the jacket. The shape of the shirt should be slim against your torso with a natural taper near your waist. For shirt length, you want there to be enough extra fabric to easily be able to tuck the shirt in, and enough that if you lift your arms, it won’t untuck on its own. A good guide for the correct amount of extra fabric is you want the extra fabric to reach the v-shape panel at the top of the inseam.

The Trousers

The waist of your trousers should be snug, but not tight. They should stay up on their own without a belt. The seat should rest flat against the underwear, without pulling tight or draping too loosely: if the seat is too tight, there will be lines just under the buttocks where the fabric is stretching. If it is too loose, the extra fabric will drape down over your thighs. 

The fit of the legs should be straight, with a very slight taper as the pant moves down the leg. They definitely should not flair out, but they also shouldn’t end up too tight around the ankle, lest you look like a high school skater dude wearing skinny jeans. You want the legs to taper at a slight inward tilt, but still have room for movement. The ‘break’ – or the point at which the hem of your pant meets the top of your shoe – is likely the most crucial part of a trouser fit. You want it to just rest on the top of your shoe, but that’s about it, resulting in a slight inward dip right above the front of the pant leg, where the two elements meet.

The Elements Combine

When you put all these together, a description of the fit seems a bit redundant, but it’s the truth: you want everything to lie flat, for the majority of the elements. If your pieces are too tight or too loose, it will cause ripples, strains, and lumps that diminish the elegance you hoped to convey by wearing a suit in the first place. Now that we’re tying it all together, these things seem obvious, but we hope that the specific guidelines we’ve put forth here will help you look at all the elements individually, so that you are left with a perfect fit, every time.

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The Ultimate Guide to Dressing Your Groomsmen: How to Ensure Your Guys Look Their Best

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The Ultimate Guide to Dressing Your Groomsmen: How to Ensure Your Guys Look Their Best

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and you want everything to be perfect. A big part of that is making sure everything looks great, because the pictures taken will be something you cherish forever. Here’s a handy guide to ensuring your groomsmen party looks awesome on your big day.

First, determine what direction you want to go in

If you want the look to be tight-knit and styled to a T, you can choose matching attire for all of your groomsmen. This is the more traditional option in wedding attire, but it’s not required. You can opt for a look that’s more broken up and allow your groomsmen a bit of freedom to express themselves on your big day. Give them a general guide including the theme of the wedding, color palette, and environment your wedding will take place in. Of course, you’ll want to have them run their final looks by you before they commit so no one comes at you with a look straight out of left field, but it can be fun to let your groomsmen express themselves. If you do want to go this route, consider including one element that is static for all of your groomsmen, whether it is matching shoes, cufflinks, or pocket squares.

Consider the tone, theme, and style

The days of requiring three-piece suits in weddings are long gone. Weddings can have a wide variety of themes, tones, and styles, from beach-themed to rustic to black tie. You want your party’s attire to match the tone of the wedding – your guys would stick out like a sore thumb if they wore tuxedos to a beach wedding. While you do want your group to look formal, there are a lot of options for groomsmen attire that can be used for any theme imaginable. Doing a rustic theme? Consider forgoing the jackets and dress your guys in suspenders and a bow-tie. Getting married by the sand and the waves? Try lighter linen suits. Are you a country couple? Nice, dark, denim, crisp white custom shirt, and cowboy boots look great if they look neat and tidy. You want your party to fit in well with the style your wedding is going for.

Coordinate with your better half

While it’s important to perfect the look of your groomsmen so they blend with your attire, you also need to be sure their look complements your partner’s party as well. Your groomsmen don’t have to match your spouse-to-be’s party perfectly, but as long as they have similar elements here and there, or common colors, everything will look great. In fact, you do want there to be a little bit of variety between the two parties, so that you and your partner’s parties say a little bit about who you each are as people. The most common way to tie the two parties together is to use elements with similar colors. You can either use colors from the same family, or you can have them use a separate color that is part of your wedding’s color palette and will be used throughout the ceremony in other elements, such as bouquets, seating, or decor. HARTTER | MANLY’s customers often match their garment’s button stitch to the bridesmaids’ dress color, or match the tie and / or pocket square.

Keep cost in mind

Typically, groomsmen pay for their attire themselves, whether they purchase the look or use a rental service. Your groomsmen might come from a different income level than you and even each other, and you want to be sure that you’re not throwing a massive unexpected expense at them. Keep the cost in mind as you’re building your look, and get your groomsmen’s thoughts up front on what they are comfortable paying.  If the party can afford it, purchasing custom suits is always best to create the vision you are going for.  You can often get discounted rates for larger parties and share the cost with your groomsmen as part of their groomsmen gift.  If purchasing isn’t an option, avoid the boxy brands and go with a shop that understands fit.

Remember every guy is different

Your groomsmen are probably of all different shapes and sizes. You want to pick a look that is going to look great on all of them. If you are worried about the look you pick being unflattering on certain guys in your party, consider giving them the basic parameters – color, fabric, elements like tie and pocket square – and then allow them to find a fit that works for their shape. In a situation where they are all of vastly different shapes, it may be a good idea to go with the concept we mentioned at the beginning, having them all wear different things with some smaller elements in common or go the custom fit route. 

Tying it all together

There’s a lot of work that goes into making your big day perfect for you and your partner. Every single element says something about you two as people and your relationship as a whole. Dressing the wedding party is one of the most important aspects of creating a wedding to remember, and there are many different approaches you can take when crafting your look. Sit down with your guys and your better half and talk about the style and tone you want your wedding to have, deliberate a bit, and use these guidelines to create the perfect look for your big day. Happy planning!

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Head to Toe: Footwear Styles for Men

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Head to Toe: Footwear Styles for Men

You’ve got the suit, but to make your look really pop, you need to be sure your footwear matches the statement you’re trying to make. The shoes you wear can make or break a look; that’s why it’s so important to select the right footwear for it. We’re going to talk about different styles of footwear, and what looks they most complement.

Loafers: Penny, Bit, and Tassel

Loafers are among the more casual shoes on this list. They do not have any sort of lacing or fastening system; instead, they are designed to be slipped on. Thus, they are not quite suited for evening wear. There are a wide variety of loafer styles, including the penny, the bit, and the tassel.

Penny loafers rose to prominence in the 1950s, and are named for the strap of leather that runs across the forefoot, leaving a small diamond cut-out that has just enough room for a penny. In the early days of their use, many men did in fact keep a penny in that slot. One theory as to why they might have done this is because one or two pennies was all that was required to make a call in a phone-booth.

Tassel loafers are a bit flashier; they have more decorative lacing across the top, as well as a pair of tassels. To leave room for the tassels, these loafers typically have lower vamps – the vamp is the piece of leather that covers the main body of your foot (the space between the toe and the ankle). A low vamp ends closer to the toe, a high vamp ends closer to the middle of the foot, back towards the ankle. Shoes with low vamps have typically been considered to be for those of us who are up there in years, but a man of any age can rock them; just promise to avoid wearing them with full business suits. You can get away with darker denim or mismatched suit combos.

Bit loafers, originally developed by Gucci – which is why they are sometimes called Gucci loafers – have a bar of metal that runs over the top of the shoe. They were put on the market to strike a balance between comfort and style, allowing for men to wear laid-back loafers to dressier events. If you tend to dress on the more conservative side, you may want to forgo bit loafers when wearing your finest suits, but you can wear them with dark denim or odd suit and trouser combos. If you want to make a statement, however, wear them to business meetings and the like. As a general rule, though, they are not suited for tuxedos or black-tie events.

Derby/Blucher

Derbies – or Bluchers, if you prefer – are lace-up shoes, typically lower-cut. They have an open-throat lacing system. The lacing system on a shoe depends on two elements: the vamp, which we mentioned above, and the quarters. Whereas the vamp is the piece of leather that sits over the middle portion of the top of the foot, the quarters are the two sides of leather that wrap around the heel and meet at the front of the ankle, where the eyelets are placed on either side.

Open-throat lacing means that the quarters are sewn on top of the vamp, leaving the edges of the quarters exposed. Closed-throat lacing, which is found on Oxfords (which we will explore next), means that the quarters are stitched under the vamp, so the edge is not exposed.
Because of the give and stretch provided by having the edge of the quarters exposed, Derbies are great for guys with feet that are on the larger side. As a result, however, they are a bit bulkier, not as streamlined, so the open-throat lacing is better suited to more casual looks.

Oxfords

Oxfords are widely-regarded as the quintessential business shoe. They are similar in construction to a Derby shoe, in that they are lower-cut and lace up, but the key difference is that Oxfords have a closed-throat lacing system. They tend to look a bit neater, more streamlined, which is why they are so well-suited to business looks. They go best with matching suits and evening wear. They do, however, have a less forgiving fit, due to the lack of give that comes with the closed-throat lacing. Despite that, the Oxfords are the most essential dress shoe to have in your wardrobe.

Monkstraps: Single and Double

Monkstraps, by definition, are any shoe that uses a buckle closure, rather than laces. They come in a variety of styles, but the core concept remains the same. They are definitely on the flashier side, and less formal than a closed-throat lacing system, but they can be dressed up if done properly. You could wear a pair of black patent leather Monkstraps with your suit, but any other color or material is better suited to a mismatched suit combo or darker denim. The Double-Monkstrap, then, is a Monkstrap shoe that has two buckles instead of one. It is a more contemporary look, and dare we say, more daring? Some of the more conservative among us say it’s too flashy, but if you’re all about edge and setting yourself apart, the double monkstrap may be the perfect fit for you. When considering their formality, the general consensus is that the more ornamentation a shoe has, the less formal it is. As such, most consider the single to be a touch more formal than the double. It’s typically not advised to wear them to a black-tie event, or with a tuxedo, but it all depends on your level of daring and the message you want to send with your look.

Brogues

Any shoe that has decorative perforations in the leather is considered a Brogue. Despite the rule that more ornamentation means less formality, Brogues are generally considered to be more formal than Derbies, but are definitely less formal than an Oxford. They seem to occupy the sweet-spot between the two. There are a few different aesthetic elements of brogues: perforations, pinking, and medallions. Perforations are holes that have been punched in the shoe leather in a decorative pattern. Pinking is a decorative edge created by pinking shears, that results in the edge looking like a series of triangles. Medallions are similar to perforations, in that they are holes that have been punched in a decorative pattern, but medallions are limited to the toe of a shoe. Brogues, as a style, also include Wingtips, in which a perforation is cut into the vamp in a shape of birdwings. A variation on Wingtips is Longwings, where the ‘wings’ stretch all the way around the collar of the shoe. Brogues are some of the showiest styles of business footwear available to men. They identify you as someone who thinks outside the box, someone who has a flair for the flashy. They can be worn with simple suits, but there aren’t many circumstances in which it is appropriate to wear them with a tuxedo, as the ornamentation takes away from the streamlined and neat appearance of a tuxedo.

There’s a Shoe for Every Look

We’ve discussed a number of popular footwear styles in the article, but the honest truth is that there are so many more styles out there. The shoes we selected to highlight today were picked because they are typically the most commonly worn with suits, and are essential to have in your closet for all the different events you dress up for. One thing is certain: just like suits, there is no one style that is appropriate for every occasion you may find yourself at, so we’ve gone over these to allow you to build a basic footwear collection to complement a wide variety of suit styles and events. After all, a look isn’t complete when you put on a suit. It’s complete when you dress yourself up head-to-toe.
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Suits Just for You: Why Go Custom?

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Suits Just for You: Why Go Custom?

Every guy needs at least one quality suit, for all the important events in his life. When it comes to quality, you can grab something off the rack, or you can get a suit custom-made. If you want to look and feel your best, a custom suit is the way to go. At the end of the experience, you will have a sharp-looking suit that is perfectly made specifically for you, for both your body and your personal style.

One-of-a-Kind Suits for One-of-a-Kind Guys.

When you’re looking to invest in a custom suit, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. The first is where you will be wearing this suit. If you’re only looking to keep one suit in your wardrobe, you will want to have something made that is suitable for most events. If you’re looking to add a new suit to an existing collection you already have, be sure to consider what sort of events this suit will be worn to. Different occasions call for different styles and elements: some design elements are better suited to more casual events, while others should only be worn in the most formal of situations. Check out the articles we have in our Gentleman’s Cafe for more information on picking styles and elements for any occasion.

Another thing you want to consider is your frame and face shape. The benefit of investing in a custom suit over grabbing one off the rack is that your suit will be designed with your shape and structure in mind. A well-made suit can work wonders on a man: it can accentuate features you love about yourself, and minimize the features you don’t. The design elements can also speak about who you are as a person and what kind of things you value. Are you a cigar and whisky kind of gentleman or do you prefer craft beer? Do you prefer to be a quiet observer or do you want to be the center of attention? The design elements of a suit – like the lapel style and width or the button layout – can all send subtle, silent signals to the people you meet about what kind of man you are. When you design a custom suit with us, you are in charge of the design and construction process, from start to finish, leaving you with a one-of-a-kind suit, for you, a one-of-a-kind guy.

We’re Different. Here’s How and Why.

Here at HARTTER | MANLY, we create a custom suit experience that leaves you with a suit of impeccable quality, designed with your stylistic choices and measurements to ensure the best fit possible. We use European fabrics and have over 3,000 swatches available to choose from. Most of our suits are 100% wool, but we also offer cashmere and silk blends, to build a suit for you that makes the exact statement you’re looking to put out into the world. Our suits come with a half-canvassed interlining (check out our article in the Gentleman’s Cafe for more information on interlining), but you can upgrade to a full-canvas suit for an even better fit that will only mold to your body more with time and wear.

Your suit from H|M will be a lasting investment: half and full-canvas suits last much longer, and don’t lose their shape the way fused suits do. And the interlining of your suit is not the only choice you get to make. With your custom suit through H|M, you will make all the choices: do you want your side-arm buttons glued or stitched? What color do you want your stitches to be? Do you want them to blend in or stand out as an accent? Need a suit to perfectly match a bridesmaid’s dress? We got you. Every style and fit choice is up to you, ranging from lapel types to button layouts to vents. Make those choices and watch your perfect suit come to life.

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We Fit Better.

Every man is different, in endless ways. We go beyond chest, waist, and shoulders, because even if two men have the same basic measurements, no two shapes are identical. Bespoke suits are considered the top-of-the-line in menswear, but they have some drawbacks. They’re expensive (we mean expensive) and they’re a hassle. They take multiple fittings and require you to head into the tailor at least three times before your suit is complete. They work from scratch, not from a pattern, for a better fit, but if you get your suit designed with a menswear provider that uses many measurements, you’ll get just as great a fit at a much friendlier price-point and with a lot less hassle. In addition, having a suit tailored to your body and shape will do more than fit great – it will give you a unique wearing experience that you won’t find with any suit you grab off the rack. Not only do our suits look fantastic, they feel fantastic. You will find it easier to move in and it won’t feel claustrophobic or hot.

H|M custom suits are made-to-measure: they build off of existing patterns and use your personal measurements to make the required adjustments. Using 25+ measurements (where most M2M suit providers will use 10 to 15), we bring you a perfect fit, that doesn’t break the bank and doesn’t take multiple fittings. Using this many measurements minimizes the likelihood that you’ll have to take your new suit in to a tailor to have adjustments made, so you can take your suit out on the town as soon as it arrives at your door.

Make a Statement.

At the end of the day, investing in a suit is important. A custom suit with fit and design crafted to your exact specifications can make you stand out at any event you wear it to. It will make a statement about your identity and your personal style, and it will fit like a second skin, making you look and feel like the best version of yourself. A suit says a lot about a man. What is your suit saying?
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