We decided to include a little video in today’s blog about how to go about measuring yourself for a suit. All you need is a willing partner who is happy to devote a few minutes of hus/ her time to you and a measuring tape. For a real bespoke fitting it is better to be measured by someone with true tailoring pedigree. However if you wish to buy a suit from an online suit store such as our own then this video will guide you through the process of self measurement. The good looking tailor in the video is our own Tom Crowley. I would like to send best wishes and a speedy recovery to Tom as he is just after a kidney transplant. Remember that most measurement tapes will have inches on one side and centimetres on the other so be clear what measurement system you are using.

First place the tape around your neck and leave a finger space and bring the start of the tape around to meet the other end. This will give you the neck size. Then place the tape around your waist, just below the navel and your size will be where the two ends of the tape meet. To measure the inside leg simply place the start of the tape in between join of the two trousers legs and measure all the way down to the top of the shoe heel.

To get the chest-size place the tape around the pectoral area of the chest and join together to give the size. Always leave a small bit of slack (roughly one inch) to be certain of gaining an accurate measurement.

Finally the sleave length and body length is the easy part. All suits will either be a short, regular or long fit. The measuring tape is barely needed to determine this as a short fit will nearly always be applicable to a man of 5 feet 8 inches and under. Meanwhile a regular fit will be for an average height man and a long fit will be for someone over 6 feet tall. There is a video recording that we have made that explains it all

Measuring for Mens Suits

Today’s blog features a video clip from our wedding suits department. The little enthusiastic guy with the black hair is our Suit Hire extraordinaire Dermot Fagan. The other tall good looking guy with the ginger hair is eh me! We had great fun filming these videos and I would like to thank Caoimhe Ni Mhuirthe who so generously gave up her time to help us with the filming.

Caoimhe and Sonia (our social network guru) helped us to set up our own youtube channel which features a number of videos about our store and the people who work in it.

The idea behind these videos was to give people an idea of what goes on behind the scene in our store. We also wanted to share some of the rich history about the shop with you all.


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Wilvorst Wedding Suits

Wilvorst Wedding Suits

For a number of seasons now we have been offering a made to measure wedding suit service. This year has seen a huge growth in the number of grooms opting to have their wedding suit handcrafted by our business partners and top German suit manufacturer, Wilvorst.
The colours and fabrics that are on offer are wide and varied. Top quality wool suits are available in different lengths and numerous style combinations. The customer can choose any type of lapel or fit that he wants. All he has to do is come in and be measured by our expert tailors and wait 8 weeks until the suit is ready and delivered to your doorstep.

The suits can be made in a two or three piece combination. Generally grooms will order a waistcoat, neckerchief and cravat to accessorise the outfit. The good news is the prices usually stay around the €600 mark for a bespoke suit that represents seriously good value.

The most popular colours that are chosen would be the black suit, grey suit, beige suit and brown suit. When I spoke to Tom he told me;



“Another reason for the popularity of made to measure suits for grooms is that the rest of the party can be co-ordinated to match the groom from our suit hire collection. This saves on the overall cost of kitting the men out and allows the groom to stand out at the same time.

The new pattern books and catalogues for made to measure wedding suits by Wilvorst arrived in the store yesterday. For the first time we will be using the full range of fabrics from the Prestige collection and these Spring/ Summer collection were launched yesterday in our store by Mr Randall Jordan, Irish agent for Wilvorst.

The Autumn Winter range of wedding suits

Eoin Murphy,Dermot and wilvorst agent Randall Jordan

Eoin Murphy,Dermot and Wilvorst agent Randall Jordan

can be viewed online.

The Wilvorst formalwear collection comprises three different lines, each with its own distinct look and component garments.

Suits in the ‘After Six’ line are slim yet comfortable and with innovative pocket solutions. Materials are super soft and feature moving facings, stripes and micro designs as well as new plains and close to plains. Key colours are black, brown and chestnut notes. Grey and blue nuances as well as silver and champagne also feature prominently.

Also included in the line are 49 different waistcoats which feature everything from stripes and modern patterns to flowery designs and paisley prints and matching bowties, handkerchiefs and ties.