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By: Jamie Simpson
Finally, the long dreary days of winter are gone and spring is in the air. With spring here and summer just a short time away, it's wedding time again. Most people think of getting married in spring and summer and who can blame them. Not many would want to host the happiest occasion of their lives in the freezing cold.

If you are a guy who wants some tips on choosing the perfect guest suits for weddings, you're in the right place. Stick with us to find out how to choose the suit and equally importantly what not to wear to a wedding. If you are feeling a bit out of your depth and need some help choosing the right attire for a wedding, don't stress too much. Just make use of these tips to choose a great guest suit for the wedding you plan to attend.

A tailor-made suit is the ideal solution, but it is not a feasible option for everyone. That leaves us with the option of buying off the rack so let's see what factors we need to consider when shopping for the perfect wedding guest suit. Rule of thumb, light colours are better suited to morning weddings and dark colours for evening weddings.

Fabric Choices

Selecting the fabric is probably the first factor to be considered. One of the best recommendations for suit fabric is 100 per cent wool because it is natural and breathes well. That aside, wool drapes well and gives the wearer a very stylish appearance.

Wool fabrics:
• Worsted wool: ideal for suits, durable; available in light and heavy weave
• Tropical wool: ideal for summer suits; lightweight; tends to wrinkle easily
• Tweed and flannel: heavy fabrics not suited for summer wear

Non-wool fabrics:
• Linen: is lightweight and stylish, but wrinkles easily leaving the wearer looking rumpled in a very short while; linen also stains easily.
• Polyester: is probably the cheapest off-the-rack suit you will find. What you can do is select a polyester and wool blend fabric - it will not look cheap, but it does not breathe well.
• Microfibre: washable, water-repellent and breathes well. Some of the lower-end price range suites are made of microfibre fabric.


The next important consideration is the style of the jacket. Wear the jacket and stretch your arms to ensure comfortable movement. Make sure of the following:
• You can choose from single and double breasted jackets.
• The collar should hug the neck without wrinkling.
• Lapels should fold back well without buckling.
• Sleeves should reach the point where the hand and wrist meet.
• Shirt sleeves should reach a quarter inch below the end of the jacket sleeves.
• 2 button jackets are formal enough.
• Vest is required only if it is a very formal affair.
• The vents on the jacket should cover the rear portion and should not separate when you bend or sit; they need to lie flat against the body.

• Waist: should be comfortable; stick one finger into the waistband to make sure the pants are not too tight.
• Pleats: avoid pleats; go with flat front trousers for a formal look.
• Cuffs: are alright if you are tall; avoid them if you are on the shorter side.
• Rise: avoid too high or too low rise trousers.


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