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    Hey everyone, wanted to get some help on deciding on outfits for a wedding party. Going to be getting this May, and since it will be an outdoor ceremony in the spring, wanted to go for light gray suits. I am planning on getting mine from suit supply, one of the ones below. Was planning on heading down to one of the retail stores to check them out shortly.

    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits...D&prefv2=Linen
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits...ID&prefv1=Grey
    http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/suits...ID&prefv1=Grey

    My real question is for groomsmen. We'd like them all the be in the same suit but they are not all in a place in their life where they can drop 500 bucks for a new suit for a wedding. What do you guys think are the best options for a similar color/cut in the under $200 price range? Was looking at JaB and Macy's and found these but open to suggestions. Thoughts?

    http://www.josbank.com/classic-colle...r=Light%20Grey

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/p...TYLE%3D2-Piece Suits%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D55%26ruleId%3D78|BS|BA%26sl otId%3D46

  • #2
    Originally posted by SMS575 View Post
    We'd like them all the be in the same suit
    Grown men, dressed up alike like little boys in school.

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    • #3
      do you know if they have their own suits to wear? Personally and I think the responses you see most here in other similar threads will recommend for you to set a dress code rather than having to ask groomsmen to buy sub par suits to fit a tight budget.

      The Macy's one is all acrylic fibers and if outdoors in any sort of temp your guys will melt. I'd def recommend wool suits as best as you can. Will be hard at that price point.

      If you are set on this I'd recommend checking the BB 346 outlets. They usually have a light gray in the Fitzgerald cut and with their usual 2 for 1 sales are around 200-250ish. You'd just need them to buy together. The benefit is they do suit separates to cut down on the tailoring.

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      • #4
        If you are dead set on having everyone dress alike, specially if your groomsmen are not in a possition to spend a lot, you have to find the most economic alternative. It may be an honor to get asked to be in a friends wedding, but it should not be a burden on them. Try Combat Gent.
        You can never have enough shoes

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        • #5
          First, congrats on the big day. Wish you all the best. Regarding the groomsmen's suits, what about renting them? I believe some of the suit stores offer rental of suits in addition to tuxes, so from a cost savings perspective, that might make the most sense. As for purchasing suits, the issue they will run into is alteration costs. You can minimize those somewhat by going with suit separates but even then there will likely be nips and tucks needed. Oliver Wicks (formerly Dragon Inside) sells ready to wear grey suits for $400, but they will sometimes sell it for $300 on a promotion, and that's the delivered price. Plus you get $50 of reimbursed alterations.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the ideas. Will look into them. Have heard good things about CG but never bought a suit from them. Any idea of about how long they take to ship?

            I like the idea of everyone in their own suit however the other half is dead set against the idea, so matching suits it is.

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            • #7
              I've never bought from GG, but they do have a whole wedding section.
              You can never have enough shoes

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              • #8
                Combatant Gentleman is your answer by one of there cheap tuxedos(they all can be dress the same without looking gettho) , find a tailor and all will be looking like a million bucks. Tuxedos something hardly the average men wears, I will say once in a lifetime event for the most, unless you a president of a nation than invest.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by chiconice View Post
                  Combatant Gentleman is your answer by one of there cheap tuxedos(they all can be dress the same without looking gettho) , find a tailor and all will be looking like a million bucks. Tuxedos something hardly the average men wears, I will say once in a lifetime event for the most, unless you a president of a nation than invest.
                  He wants light gray suits not tuxes.

                  Although they do have a gray two piece suit: https://combatgent.com/weddings/suit...two-piece-suit

                  Acrylic lining though so you have to worry about the sweat factor ... says 140 wool? hmm. I don't know enough about them to recommend for or against. Seems you need to order 4 months out though and you only get it 1 month before the big day. That would give me a lot of concern. There is not a lot of margin for error there.

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                  • #10
                    A $200 suit is not a $200 suit once you buy the matching tie, shirt, and shoes. If your groomsmen can't afford to drop $500 on a suit, the only viable solution for matching suits is to rent. Don't make them spend $300-$400 to buy cheap suits that they'll never wear again.

                    Alternatively, don't make them all dress in the same suit. Let them wear the suits they own and deal with the fact that they don't all match. This is a far more considerate option for the groomsmen who can't afford to drop a lot of money on a new suit. Matching suits for the wedding are kind of tacky anyway.

                    Light gray suits are a particularly poor choice to force on your groomsmen. This is a suit color that isn't appropriate for interviews or funerals or even formal weddings. This is a suit that may literally never be worn again.
                    Last edited by dpark; February 11, 2017, 10:45 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Even if the #menswear view is that matching suits is not ideal, the reality is that if the bride wants matching suits it is a done deal.

                      Of the three suits for the groom that were mentioned on the OP, two are wool from the fall/winter collection and may not be adequate temperature-wise for a summer wedding. The linen one will be fine as long as you are OK (whom are we kidding, as long as the bride is OK) with wrinkles during the event. I would personally be OK with a wrinkled linen suit for a summer wedding.

                      Going back to the suit matching, it will be difficult. For a light gray fabric, there will be distinct difference between the groom $500 suit and the $200 cheap groomsmen ones, in terms of texture and color. It is essentially very difficult to get the color to match. If it doesn't match, and it is slightly off, it will look weird. You are almost better off getting them a different color suit (tan or even navy) and coordinate on the accessories (ties, lapel pins, shoe color, etc). In any event, get the Suitsupply suit, and then compare in person the fabric of cheaper suits to see how the work together. Can they pass for almost the same? Then go for it.

                      In terms of brands, look at JCP and CG. I think CG offers a honest product (aka you pay what you pay for and maybe a bit more), but I have read horror stories for exactly your situation: big wedding order getting messed up and delayed with the groom scrambling to find alternatives the last week. Get the suit you (and the bride) want for yourself and then go to JCP and see what you can get there. I think it is reasonable to expect your groomsmen to pay $300 for wedding attire (suit, alterations, maybe shoes and accessories).

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                      • #12
                        Rent tuxes. Classic

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by doomx View Post
                          Even if the #menswear view is that matching suits is not ideal, the reality is that if the bride wants matching suits it is a done deal.
                          I don't understand this thing where brides are picking out suits for the groom and groomsmen and the groom's opinion doesn't matter. This is so foreign to me. I cannot imagine my wife being inflexible like this on my own clothing. It would be absurd.

                          Also I think the matching suits thing is more of a problem with nontraditional suits. Want to put everyone in the same black tux with basic accessories? Fine. Want to put everyone in gray suits with "wedding color" ties? Welcome to prom. I don't think it's fair to frame this as a "#menswear" thing so much as a "guys wanting to look nice" thing.

                          Originally posted by doomx View Post
                          Going back to the suit matching, it will be difficult. For a light gray fabric, there will be distinct difference between the groom $500 suit and the $200 cheap groomsmen ones, in terms of texture and color. It is essentially very difficult to get the color to match. If it doesn't match, and it is slightly off, it will look weird.
                          I completely missed this in the original post. This sounds like it will look super-weird. Everyone's matching but not really? Bleh. Imagine grabbing the jacket from one suit and the pants from a different suit and hoping no one will notice, because that's what this is.

                          Even if you find something that looks like a reasonable match under department store fluorescent lighting, it'll almost certainly look like a bad match in a bunch of the photos.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dpark View Post
                            I don't understand this thing where brides are picking out suits for the groom and groomsmen and the groom's opinion doesn't matter. This is so foreign to me. I cannot imagine my wife being inflexible like this on my own clothing. It would be absurd.
                            Not to mention on YOUR wedding day. I do not understand that either. My father being Eastern European and my mother South American it's probably a cultural thing that I just don't get.
                            You can never have enough shoes

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                            • #15
                              [QUOTE=Pepetito;264939]Rent tuxes. Classic

                              Given the budget contraints you're trying to work within, I would agree that renting tuxes might be the best play here. For what it's worth, the tuxes the guys wore in my wedding photos from 20 years ago look timeless. All black with white vests, bow ties, no cumberbunds. At the time I thought about going with something more trendy like the Steven Segal no collar jacket...glad we didn't go with that look!

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