Emma MurphyDecember 28, 2010 at 1:46am
Hi Lads, Im delighted to have the top 18 announced for the competition!The full list of contestants can be seen on the website or at this link Im terribly excited as the voting is well under way and its very close, only 3 votes seperating first and second right now! Derek O Rourke is in the lead right now with 99 votes but his opponents are very much on his tail trailing by a mere 3 votes as I said. Ovbiously friends of the contenders are placing the votes but I would like the public to vote. Who do you think is Ireland’s best man in a suit? Go into the link and vote.It takes only a couple of seconds and i would encourage everybody to get involved.The prize is fantastic and we want the winner to really deserve it.
This competition has been great thus far and has exceeded my expectations. Initially we had planned 10 nominees for public vote, however due to the late entries and amount of entries we decided 18 would be a more appropiate amount.
So guys and girls I encourage you to take part in this great competition by placing your votes! Girls as tempting as it may be I dont want you voting on the most handsome contestant, I want you voting on who you think is the best dressed man.

What is the suit factor?

This is a competition run on our facebook page and on our website. The public are invited to send in pictures of themselves in a suit by email or by posting them on our facebook wall. The suits do not have to have been purchased in Tom Murphys.

During Christmas the top fifteen as selected by our panel of judges shall go forward to the public vote on this website. At the end of the public vote which will take place over a number of weeks the winner will be announced. As well as getting  2500 euro of free clothing from www.tom-murphy.ie that person will be crowned Irelands best Dressed Man in a Suit. Quite an honour.

If you want to buy suits online there are a number of things to consider.

The most important thing is to get the right measurements .We have included a video of our own tailoring expert Mr.Tom Crowley showing how it is done.Tom has been with us for over thirty years and his expertise and knowledge of tailoring knows no bounds.
Suits come in sets so it is very important to be aware of the range of sizes that they come in. If the suit is not the mix and match type these are the trousers that go with the various jacket sizes;

36 – 30

38 – 32

40 – 34

42 – 36

44 – 38

46 – 40

48 – 42

All of these jackets and trousers come in short, regular and long fittings. Short is for a man of 5 feet 9 inches and under, regular is for a man of average height and long is for the taller man. The various trousers can also come in short, regular and long. A short leg is 29.5 inches, regular is 31.5, and long is 33.5. This may vary ever so slightly from supplier to supplier.

If the suit is available to buy online as a mix and match you can choose any size trousers to go with any size jacket. This can be very handy if the person is slightly disproportionate.

Once you know what the sizing system is it should be easy enough to figure out what sizes you need and most websites will have a sizing guide to help you through the self measurement process.

Just follow the instructions on the sizing guide and everything should be fine.

Well lads the Suitfactor competition is well under way! I know as men we tend to be very laid back and leave everything to the last minute! But i urge you not to leave posting your photo to the last minute! The sooner you post your picture the easier it is for us to organise the top 10! So lads get on top of it and none of this leaving the photo to the last minute! I have to admit im very excited about the competition, the word is spreading not only to the people of cork but also to the national newspapers. I got a phonecall from the Irish Independent yesterday asking me about the competition! I was surprised but delighted with the call because they told us they were looking at our facebook page and were very impressed with the suitfactor competition that they fell upon! So as hoped the competition is going viral!

The photos that are in this competition so far are all very different. You have one contestant dressed in an all white suit whcih is very fancy in comparison to another contestant who is wearing a simple, traditional dark suit. As I said before and forgive me for repeating myself the competition is not about the man in the suit! It’s about how well the suit fit’s you! So keep sending those photo’s in. Also look out for the article in the Irish Independent which should be coming up next week!!Even the great Alex Ferguson made it on to our our page last night.The link above should take you to the picture of him in his suit