Brisbane Wedding Suit Guide – How to choose and where to buy
by Clare Sheng
You are getting married. It’s the biggest day of your life. The bride’s dress is sorted because she’s probably had the exact dress she wants in her mind since she was a little girl. The groom and groomsmen need to look good too, but how do they steer through the world of men’s fashion, when there are a myriad of wedding party suiting options available. How do you find suits that reflects your personality? Something that suits your budget, but will still make you look good. Does a more expensive suit means it will be better? What if you will never wear the suit again?
We have a little guide for you, to help you stop stressing, and start enjoying the wedding planning process. Choose from the below, to see which personality suits you the best. We have also included a list of some top wedding suit retailers in Brisbane.
A. Your wedding party are blokes who rarely wears a suit. It’s difficult enough to get everyone together at one time, let alone fittings. They want something simple, efficient and fits reasonably well. You want them to look well coordinated, and keep within a budget of $250 per suit.
—-> HIRE A SUIT
B. You and your groomsmen want some good quality suits, that are well-tailored, altered to fit, and a bit different to reflect your wedding style. The groomsmen will be able to keep the suits and wear them again and again after the wedding.
—-> BUY OFF THE RACK
C. You have planned exactly what look you want for your wedding party, and it’s going to be something pretty special. The suits will be perfectly tailored, and your wedding part will look like they just stepped off a page of a magazine.
—->CUSTOM MADE SUITS
Black Jacket Suiting – Hire & Off-The-Rack $$
Black Jacket Suiting was started back in 2013 with the simple goal of providing the best product with the best service at the best price. Their motto, “Fit, Style, Price” makes up their top three priorities when finding the right suit for the clientele that come through the doors. The staff and management have a combined experience of nearly 15 years and serve everyone with the same enthusiasm regardless of whether you’re spending $100 or $1,000. Their biggest difference to other companies is they offer the option to hire and buy ready-made suits as well as an extensive custom-made options. This makes them a one-stop Brisbane suit shop. There are now two convenient locations in Bulimba and Milton.
Tony Barlow – Hire & Off-The-Rack $
Tony Barlow is been synonymous for quality formal wear since 1971. Started by brothers Tony and Derek Barlow in Perth, they have gone through decades of growth, at one stage having 9 shops in Brisbane and traded on the stock exchange. Today, Derek continues to provide personal service for his customers in his flagship store on Elizabeth Street, Brisbane.
Derek learned his trade in Rome 40 years ago, travelled the world with a Brioni master, while modelling and tailoring suits. He has brought his traditional tailoring experiences to his own business, and is an icon in Brisbane as the go to place for formalwear. “People come back to us again and again because we provide caring, personal service. I have customers whom I have dressed from being a page boy, to a business man and then for their wedding.”
Tony Barlow offers quality suits for formal occasions and everyday workwear from $300 to $1000. They source fabrics from Australia and abroad. Their comprehensive range means you can match and try on the whole outfit in one sitting. The team will also measure and have your suits altered, and fix up little problems on the spot. Furthermore, Tony Barlow offers the largest range of formal hire attire in the Brisbane City.
InSitchu – Custom Made $$
Institchu is a leading online provider of tailor made menswear. Our unique system of online measurement and design tools transform the meaning of “perfect fit”. This allows men to design high quality, affordable suits and shirts all on their own so they are getting exactly what they want.
The Institchu model is simple. Clothes are designed by you, made by us and sent to you. The 3 step process that makes up Institchu is: Step 1: Design, Step 2: Wear, Step 3: Share. At Institchu, you can create your custom tailored garment by selecting from our broad collections page or you can create something from scratch to make it completely original. They also have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to help your wedding party look perfectly tailored. The turnaround time is three to four weeks from date of appointment.
Joe Black – Off-The-Rack & Custom Made $$
Cambridge Clothing Company has been synonymous with quality men’s clothing for almost 150 years. In 2007 Joe Black was launched to cater for the successful man who likes and knows how to dress well, yet retains true to his integrity and fun loving attitude. All jackets are quarter canvas construction, made with high quality wools, linens, sinks and trimmed with horn buttons.
The Joe desire to specialised in functions started only in the last few years when Cambridge noticed a gap in the market. They noticed there where many customers having difficulties finding clothing to suit the many shapes of their groomsmen, esp. a high quality stylish label. So research into the Australia market was done for over a year. Searching to find a better quality fit that could suit many sizes be comfortable to wear but still remain stylish and clean to the eye.
From this the Anchor/ Razor cut was born. A slim line suit that was a high end quality, fitting many shapes, that men enjoyed to wear. This suit offered the best of both worlds at a reasonable price and also included a direct ordering/ delivery system. The new system allowed groomsmen who lived out of town to receive their suiting directly from the manufacture to customer location; making shopping more convenient and efficient (without extra cost).
Soon after, to add an extra touch of luxury (for the groom) Joe Black Made To Measure was launched. This was our first range to include women suiting as it allows men and women to take control of their own style and receive the signature quality of the Joe Black brand. Covering an even larger size rang. Where the customer has the ability to change every trim and detail of his or her suit to make his day one of a kind.
To support these new lines, Joe Black offers a 20% off all wedding party orders ( three or more suits). These orders are allow to extend to Father of the bride and groom and guest ( they do not have to be in the same suit).
Mitchell Ogilvie/Canali – Bespoke Off-The-Rack & Custom Made $$$$
When you hear the name Mitchell Ogilvie, you immediately think luxury, quality and European style. Mitchell Ogilvie has been bringing quality fashion to Brisbane for over 30 years. If you want something special for your big day, you cannot go back this iconic Brisbane fashion store.
Whether you are after some special occasion outfits, quality street wear, or custom made bespoke suits, Mitch has you covered. Their collections include casual wear (Scotch and Soda, Paul and Shark), formal suits (Hugo Boss, Pal Zileri), and the world renowned Italian luxury brands, Brioni and Canali.
Mitch maintains a renowned standard of excellence in their collections and service. Their personal stylists will guide you through the intricate world of high end men’s fashion, and help you create a wedding party look that is timeless and classy. With ready to wear, and made to measure suits from $1500, a trip to Mitchell Ogilvie is an experience every man need to try once in their life time.
Hire a Wedding Stylist
If you are still unsure how to put together a look, or need help with choosing suits, then a stylist is perfect for you. They will first interview you to figure out what your needs, budget, and preferences are, then take you shopping, get your fitted and suits altered if required. The discounts she will be able to help you get, usually repays her fees many times over. Contact Us to find out more, or contact Elle Lavon Stylist.