Suits for weddings.

If the suit fits, where it … but make sure it is appropriate for the occasion and fits properly.  Wearing a suit always makes a guy feel “sharper”, as well it shows more respect to the hosts of an event, and the event itself.  On the other hand, wearing a ill-fitting suits, or a worn fabric, shows ones disrespect and nonchalant attitude.

Suits worn to a wedding should be dressier, which usually means darker in color.  With respect to fabric look, you are better off wearing a tonal pattern (more sophisticated) rather than a bold one, which is perceived as more casual.

Because image is very important, you should make sure that your suit has a modern look.  Older suits that are too long look terrible and dowdy.

If a man is 5’5” – 5’8” he should be wearing a “short”, and if he is 5’2” – 5’5”, he should be wearing an extra short.  Wearing the right proportion for your height is imperative to get the correct fit.  If the guy that is wearing the suit doesn’t care, then his partner should.

One could always do/wear “what ever they want”, however here are a few thoughts about dress codes and what you should/could wear.

  • Black tie: one should wear a tuxedo (jacket has a satin label), black satin tie or bow-tie, white shirt, cummerbund is optional, black dress shoes (make sure they are polished!).
  • Formal / Black tie optional: tux or dressier suit (a darker color).  If wearing a pattern, choose a tonal one.  Black dress shoes, white shirt, dressier tie. Don’t go tie-less.
  • Cocktail: Dress up, something in a darker color and dressier fabric (a “neat” that is more tonal).  Black shoes or chocolate brown (for a more fashionable look).  Wear a tie, something sharp and fashionable (but not flashy).
  • Dressy casual:  Premium cotton pants (not jeans),  fashionable sport shirt (not a week-end shirt), and sport jacket if you choose (a fashionable sport jacket is always great).  Black or chocolate brown boots or shoes, upscale sneakers (not running shoes) or upscale fashionable shoes.

Suits for Prom.

Your prom is a special event and your suit should reflect this.

I always say to someone, “when you look back 10 years from now, you don’t want to say, I looked ridiculous, or what was I thinking”.  

Don’t give in to peer pressure and wear a look that you are not comfortable with.  If you are not sure what is right, always err on the side of wearing something dressier.

As guys are all different heights during the prom year, it is important to wear something that fits well.  At ROBBIE BROWN, we carry short (5’5” – 5’8” and extra short (5’2” – 5’5”) proportioned suits and go from size 34 to 48. 

Please give me a call at the store, if you have any specific questions.


Robbie Brown is a retail entrepreneur and fashion innovator.  He is currently building a retail concept called, ROBBIE BROWN, clothing for men up to 5’8” (a fashionable and better quality store for shorter men).