Its Cool to wear a tux

Its Cool to wear a tux

slim fit cool tuxedos

Classic tuxedos can still be really cool if worn right!


WILVORST COOL CLASSIC Tuxedos are cool, smart, new and above all totally different:

If you are thinking of wearing a tuxedo for your wedding then read on.COOL CLASSICs are the perfect match of classic elegance with absolute high-fashion potential – a new fashion image from WILVORST.Think of the timeless appeal of a dinner suit combined with a sharper,trendier fit.The days of the wide fitting tuxedo trousers are confined to the past.With the tuxedo from the Cool Classics range you will look dapper and classy.Contemporary takes on old classics like shawl collar and double breasted tuxedos are just some of what is on offer.Add in a mix of ornamental wedding buttons and silk trimmed pocket edgings for a stunning uniqueness.A groom who wants to turn heads can wear one and differentiate himself from the guests at the wedding.Paisley patterned bow-ties and cravats will spice up the overall appearance.

Actually, the dinner suit is one of the most classic garments
. When an invitation says dress code “black tie” you know : It’s dinner suit time. WILVORST interprets the dinner suit in a new, cool and fashionable way. You don’t have to wait for a formal invitation in order to wear the new dinner suits of the COOL CLASSICs collection.

Other places you can wear them is on the occasion of your exam party, at dinner, in your club or – if well combined – as streetwear.

When authentic and slim fittings meet fabrics of the best quality with cool patterns or noble plain cloths they agree upon something new, something different: WILVORST COOL CLASSICs.The narrow lapels and slim silhouette of the cool classic tuxedos are going to be another string to the bow of the Tom Murphy Formal wear collection.

Create Your Own Cool Classics Style:

A black dinner suit together with a white shirt and a black bowtie from WILVORST

Be classy

Be daring and wear red socks and loafers.

Be cool

A jacquard dinner jacket, black slacks, a classic bowtie, a white shirt from WILVORST and the cool nerd glasses

Blue Tuxedo will be really popular this season

Navy Blue Tuxedos are set to be really popular this season



Fancy tuxedo

Jaquard Silk tuxedo with black silk trouses


Waistcoats for gay weddings

Different coloured floral waistcoats for the new couple


In a gay wedding, same sex couples have the choice to either dress in a complementary or contrary manner; whether the theme is formal or informal. Since, both parties are members of the same sex, it really doesn’t matter who wears the pants.!Some of the gay couples we have dressed have gone for safe options but when we write these blogs we like to show off our more daring suggestions.Not every gay couple is into jaquards and floral frock coats but if you are adventurous enough to opt for those kind of styles we would like to think we can cater to those tastes.Some of our Tziacco and Prestige ranges have everything from frilly retro style shirts to flowing diamante patterned long jackets.

For better or worse, there is no precedent for apparel at gay weddings. So, if you look at it in a positive manner, there are lots of great choices. Take, for example, the wedding of designer Narciso Rodriguez and his partner, Thomas Tolan. This handsome couple had a June wedding in New York; one wore a black suit with a skinny tie and the other wore a similar outfit in white. Or you can take the wedding of television celebrity Ellen Degeneres and movie star Portia de Rossi as another example. Ellen wore a vest, shirt, and pants- all in a pale pink, while Portia wore a pale pink gown. Still another example is that of Michael Kors and Lance Lepere, who both wore jeans and went barefoot when they were exchanging their vows of love.

If you must go with a designer, it is said that you cannot go wrong if you don apparel by Gucci, Prada, or Tom Ford. Although these labels cost a pretty penny, it’s fun to spend a little extra to get the day that you’ve always dreamed of. However, gay couples can wear whatever they like; anything goes, just like straight weddings nowadays.

If grooms would like a classic and traditional style wedding, a great option would be with a formal black bow tie and tuxedo. For brides who would also like to go the traditional route, there are many gown selections available from designers like Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Oscar de la renta, and Valentino. Whatever option you choose, it is important to note that wearing outfits from one designer is a great way to celebrate your union and individuality because it keeps the theme consistent.

Still, others believe that gay weddings should be unconventional. Style guru Simon Doonan wore a floral shirt with a Thom Browne jacket when he married his partner Jonathan Adler, back in 2008. In his opinion, being gay is a great way to express idiosyncrasy. In other words, a gay wedding is the best excuse to splurge on designer outfits without all the guilt.

Your gay wedding theme can be as unique and special as your union. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase your loved one for everyone to see. So, why not stand out from the crowd? Gay weddings are usually flamboyant and are the perfect excuse to go wild in a creative way.

If you would like to go the more conventional route, then perhaps, you should pick a more traditional and classic outfit and theme.A Silver grey suit in a finely tailored cut is a current favourite and this season also promises an abundance of blue. In a gay wedding, anything goes and there are many suits and accessories available in different shapes, styles, and colors to suit the taste of you and your partner.

Different Coloured Waistcoats and neckwear

Each man wears a different waistcoat

Suit Ideas for Gay Weddings

One Wears White,One Wears Black


Gay wedding couples attire

Gay Couples in sharp,tailored suits


Gibson tweed suit

Grey tweed fashion suit from Gibson London


tweed fashion suit

Tweed suits on the fashion catwalk


Tweed Suits are becoming more and more popular

So, you’re planning to get married, and every single detail has to be right. The focus is all on the bride and the bridesmaids – the dresses the flowers, the colors, the fabrics. In all the excitement, it’s all too easy for the groom and his groomsmen to be dismissed into the hired gray morning suit wilderness.
But unless your wedding in going to be drop dead formal, there’s a great alternative for the men which can even become an heirloom, like the bride’s dress, and that’s a tweed suit.
Tweed? Isn’t that a bit, well, old fashioned? Not at all. Celebrities like Justin Timberlake have been seen sporting beautifully tailored tweed suits at recent red carpet events. In fact, tweed is creeping into the front of the fashion picture for men.
Tweed has a long history. Authentic tweeds are made in Scotland and Ireland, and Harris and Donegal tweeds are amongst the most famous and highest quality. Donegal tweed in particular is renowned for its robust wear qualities and its subtle and beautiful colors. Patterns include palins, checks and herringbones. Be careful when buying tweed clothing to ensure that it carries the label of authentication of its origin – a bit like the appelation controle label on wine.
So why choose tweed? Well, if you are planning a winter wedding, one of tweed’s important qualities is that it’s warm to wear; that is, if you choose one of the heavier weight cloths. Standing in the snow freezing your bits off in a lightweight suit does not make for great wedding photos. In a tweed wedding suit you will feel warm and comfortable whatever the weather – spring, winter or fall.
And of course there is the question of style. The three piece tweed suit, elegantly tailored, from the likes of tweed experts Magee, simply looks dashing. (Please resist the temptation to wear a bow tie with a tweed suit, this just looks as if you have no fashion sense whatever). For a wedding, a plain woolen tie with a color which picks out one of the tones in your suiting, or even a raw silk tie looks much better; naturally with a Windsor knot.
Speaking of Windsor, British royals and aristocracy have opted tweed for generations as the cloth of choice for both casual and formal wear. There is something about its hard wearing and practical nature which reflects strong conservative, and indeed, conservationist values. Yet it also has a certain frivolity. The colors of tweed can be subtle, and at the same time strangely daring. Tweed comes in plains and patterns; traditional windowpane check is a little too bold for a wedding suit, but an elegant fleck of color against a stormy grey, lovat green or loch blue background looks striking.
Well-tailored tweed looks good on everybody. It’s an effortless look to carry off. Remember to match your suit with brogues and argyle socks for the total “young fogey” image. A buttonhole of lucky Scottish heather is a neat and appropriate touch, or of shamrock if you choose Donegal tweed and have Irish in you somewhere.
If your bride will be coming down the aisle carrying a bunch of wild flowers and with her hair tumbling down her back, or with a sheaf of roses and a crown of braids, then you need something to set off that country look. What better than a masterfully tailed tweed wedding suit?
You do need to search around a bit to find a specialist company that can make a really good tweed suit. Magee always comes to mind.
Once your suit has been cleaned and put away, remember that it will stand you in good stead for many years to come, on many occasions. It simply doesn’t go out of fashion. Tweed wears astonishingly well, and with age, gains character and even a kind of patina. You can hand your suit down to your son or even your grandson – and you can’t say that about hired morning clothes.

Magee tweed suit

Magees tweed heritage collection


Prestige wedding suit

Prestige 2014 by Tom Murphy


Brown wedding suit

Chestnut coloured Prestige suit


Grey wedding suit

Shiny textured bespoke suit


WILVORST Prestige | High End Fashion.The most Brilliant and Best Quality of all wedding suit collections.– Simply Perfect.Once again our bespoke suit offering will have the Prestige designer range as a key part of the collection.The combinations on offer are unique and anyone who chooses one for their wedding will be safe in the knowledge that it is genuinely once off.The new range for 2013-2014 has just been launched and is exclusive to Tom Murphy Menswear.
With Prestige, WILVORST present you their top-quality collection with a high quality standard and finest of fittings – everything for a perfect suit.

The Prestige cloth range comprises only the highest-quality fabrics woven by the most renowned mills. The collection is characterized by elegant and plain fabrics, stripes and jacquard patterns with a sheen and restrained lustre. Finest yarns and fittings are used for the Prestige cloths – only the best for our customers.The addition of silk to most of the new range of garments means that there is a real sense of opulence about them.Some materials have a really strong sheen which can be too much for some.They are a range of suits that are not for the feint hearted.

An essential part of Prestige:

Its slim and Italian fit and pure elegance make up the fashion look. The Drop 8 Italian fit is recommended to really show off the splendid array of  fabrics.The trousers in the drop 8 style has narrowed ends and measure about 14.5 inches in width.The style is definitely more suited to the slim,athletic figure so the big boys will have to keep away from this one.

Waistcoats with discreet patterns and a rich selection of colours as well as elegant fabrics for suits either plain or striped, high-quality details and a keen sense of trends are evidence of classic Italian elegance.

Fashionable one-button and two-button versions as well as new and trendy jackets but also extravagant waistcoat styles complement the collection.

The colour palette focusses on black, blue, brown and silver patterns but also on white fabrics which highlight the difference between these and other collections.

Prestige stands for high quality, perfection down to the last detail, high wear comfort and unique designs.

Even though Prestige suits come with the high end reputation of high prices and low affordability the good news is that they are retailing at around 499 Euro for a classic 2 piece.The addition of a bespoke waistcoat and neckpiece will add about 200 euro more which means unbelievable overall value for a custom made suit.The full list of prices can be found on our website under the Prestige Designer Wedding Suits Tab.

Prestige buttons

Ornamental buttons on Prestige Suits


Silver waistcoat

Glossy waistcoats in silk finishes


Mark Dapper Dineen getting Suit Factor prize

Tom helping Mark pick out some suits


Mark Dineen from Cork in a suit

Mark Dineen picking up some of his 3000 Euro prize


mark dineen

Mark Dapper Dineen at a wedding


“Fashions Fade, Style Is Eternal.”— Yves Saint-Laurent!! A mix of fashion, grooming, food, fitness with a sprinkle of Cork culture.

“Doubt Ya Dapper Boy”
Seeing the link for ‘Tom Murphy Menswear‘ coming up on my Facebook news feed on a normal Monday afternoon turned out to be one of the most important things to happen to me in quite a while. ‘Suit Factor 2’ links were being shared and I was intrigued. I investigated.
The competition prize, €3,000 worth of suits, shirts, ties, shoes, all from Tom Murphy Menswear. Entry was easy, send a picture of yourself in a suit, Tom approves it, activates your profile and from there you ask your friends to vote for you. Easy, or so I thought…

Having the nickname “Dapper Dineen” and being a guy who loves fashion, I had to enter. I scrolled through my pictures and picked out my favourite picture (see above). The suit is a light blue Zara suit from their S/S’12 range. The picture was taken at a friends wedding.

I’m one of the few males on this planet who enjoys shopping, I’m not a slave to labels but I do like to look good. For me, I feel when you look good, you feel good. Confidence is a big thing with most people and friends of mine would say that perhaps I have too much at times. This confidence gave me the kick I needed to click ‘enter’.

I entered the competition thinking 300 votes would be enough, having a little over 500 friends, I felt 300 votes was a realistic target. I shared the link on my page and asked people to vote. 24 hours later I had nearly 100 votes, 48 hours later this figure increased to nearly 200. The competition would run for 30 days, at the end of the first week I was in first place…

I stayed in first place from there on, this was due mainly to having great friends both on Facebook and off line. I had people I hadn’t seen/spoken to in years sharing the link with their friends. I had our ‘ex-pats’ in Australia, Canada, England, even the States sharing. I had my ‘gang’ voting, their wives and girlfriends sharing (daily), my cousins, aunts, even my hairdresser helping. I had colleagues, acquaintances, people I had never met, all sharing. I couldn’t believe how many people were voting. Honesty blown away by it all.

The competition really warmed up in the last few days, the guy in second place had made an unbelievable push, somebody told me he had over 1,000 friends so I thought I’d had it. I went on the offensive again, begging, pleading, (annoying) people, hoping that anybody who hadn’t voted, would vote. There were still some people who promised they would vote but wanted to hold off until the last week so that I would have some new votes coming through in the last few days. Thankfully, these votes came through.

The final day was a waiting game, would I see this competition out, does somebody in second, third or fourth have people ready to vote at the 11th hour. Tension grew, my votes were stagnant, one here, one there. I was over a hundred ahead with a few hours to go.

The competition ended at 10 pm. Over 560 votes had been cast. I was at home watching television when the texts started to arrive, “doubt cha dapper boy” summed it up. I’d won

The Morning Tails has made a bit of a comeback in recent times in the world of formal wear.Needless to say the tails outfit is a timeless classic and continues to be a popular choice for wedding attire.However accusations of conservatism have stopped some people from choosing it as their wedding day outfit.To spice up the appeal of the traditional look and add a touch of modernity to it the Cool Classics collection has been created.Fashion at the moment is retro themed and at Tom Murphys we are very excited that cool classics will cater to that blending of the old and the new.

This vibrant, new, young collection has been created around the topic of the morning coat made and available since the middle of May 2013.Besides the classic styles WILVORST also creates a synthesis with the new types: .Think of a new type of tails in a stylish, elegant and very slim fitting style made from materials of very high quality with up-to-date accessories.The full range of this exciting new collection is available to view in Tom Murphy Menswear.

With the new collection COOL CLASSICS Morning Coats WILVORST rediscover the classic appeal of the fashionable again morning tail coat. In addition to the classic styles there will be new, young and fashionable versions in slim cuts with extravagant accessories.

For classy weddings

If you  wear the classic morning coat you have to abide by rules:  The morning coat goes  with formal striped trousers , a grey waistcoat and either a white formal day shirt with a silver-grey tie or a wing-collar shirt and a discreet grey neckerchief. Undoubtedly, a grey top hat rounds off the outfit.

New fabrics, slim fittings, hip ideas for the pockets and lapels as well as new accessories such as trendy waistcoats and coloured ties – these are features of the latest WILVORST morning coats. The stylish and new Cool Morning Coats by WILVORST can also be worn in the evening, e.g. at parties or also wedding festivities late at night.

It’s the co-ordination and the styling that make the difference. The morning coats are worn with coloured ties, waistcoats and the matching pochettes. The patterns of the ties and waistcoats may be different and daring. The accessories get coloured, loud and daring!

Evening Wear CollectionsEvening Wear CollectionsIt is that time of year again when school leavers start arriving into the store in their droves as they prepare for the biggest night out of their lives to date.For the male species choosing a debs suit to wear on the night has become almost as important as choosing a prospective partner to accompany him.At least with a partner there are only three options and they are

1-Ask the Missus which is the boring option as she will probably curtail your wilder inclinations and basically spoil your night

2-Ask a friend who might be happy to have a free night out on the lash

3-Ask someone you have really fancied for ages but risk spending the night wondering whether she is there because she is too polite to say no or if she is actually into you too.This can be a complete head wreck and I can say that from personal experience.

{A word of warning on who you bring to your debs lads!Do not be stupid enough to bring one of the teachers’ daughters as you will be slagging cannon fodder for the forseeable future

I asked the lads in the Tom Murphys Debs department if they have any advice for ye all when it comes to picking out debs suits for the big night and here is what they came up with

1-If you are strapped for cash hire a suit.The average cost is around 65 euro and for this you get a suit,shirt and tie.However the choice is limited and you will not get the sort of choice you would if you were purchasing

2-The growing and almost universal trend is to buy your debs suit.There is a huge choice available and right now the most popular coloursare silver grey and the ever popular black

3-The days of the tuxedo,shirt and bow are numbered.Lads now tend to go for a plain suit without the satin lapels of a tux and team it up with a skinny tie and drop collar shirt rather than the wing collared variety.

4-There is still a big percentage of students opting for a waistcoat and tie combination that match the girls dress.If for example the girl is wearing a purple dress then the boy will match his accessories with hers.Sometimes it is a good idea to rent the waistcoat even if you are buying the suit as you might never wear it again.

Tom Murphys menswear have teamed up with local Cork based photographer John Roche to offer a 360 degree virtual tour on google of the interior of the building. In the tour viewers walk into what seems like a 3 D view of the building’s interior. As Mr. Roche puts it,it is a far more interactive experience then watching a video with the viewers controlling where they want to go in the premises using a series of images that are drawn together using software provided by google. Tom Murphys are following in the footsteps of other Cork businesses that were first to feature this new technology. They include le Chateau, LongValley, Market Lane and Currans Resteraunt. Tom himself is very excited about the virtual tour of the business that will now be visible by general search on google.

‘We intend to use this to entice shoppers from outside Cork to visit our store and it will be an important marketing tool as it will give people who were never in our shop an idea of what we are about.Some local people who have not shopped with us before have no idea about the huge range of products we stock and the different areas and departments within the store. The shop can look quite small from the outside but the virtual tour will show that it is actually a very large space on the inside and full of charm and character.We would be hoping that the customer will get a “feel” for the store before walking through the doors.

Of course Tom Murphys have always tried to show what they are about through the meduim of online video, blogs, podcasts etc. but this is something that has made Tom more excited than anything else, to date.
‘We know from experience that a purchase decision is made a lot easier if pictues and details of the product can be shared with a friend or family member”.

The Starting Point of the Google Tour

The Starting Point of the Google Tour

Another way that Tom Murphys tries to integrate technology into the fashion game are through the  use of QR codes.A practical example of how they are utilised is taken up by Tom.

“In our wedding department tradionally the bride might come in and see a suit she likes and she then rushes home to tell the fiance she has found the perfect suit only to discover she has completely forgotten if it was tails or 3/4’s, black or grey,slimline or classic and what waistcoat it was accessorised with and so on. Hey Presto, the QR code scan can help you not forget, you can scan it and the picture of the suit and all the relevent details will save on to your phone and will make life a whole lot easier.The use of such codes in conjunction with the mobile hand held device is unbelievably helpful for our type of market where there is a delayed purchase decision and often a tendency to seek opinions and approval from others before the final call is made”.

According to Tom the use of QR codes will become more and more popular and soon they will be expected to be omnipresent in the retail landscape. For now however they are just being used by the more innovative retailers but that may soon be about to change

John Roche Google Tours Cork

John Roche Google Tours Cork

Wedding Show QR Reader Poster

Wedding Show QR Reader Poster

Have you ever noticed the little square of black dots that are appearing everywhere on brochures, business cards, posters and newspaper articles? I have to admit that when I saw them first I thought they were some sort of optical illusion or cryptic puzzle.What they are in fact are QR codes which stands for Quick Response. The codes when scanned grant the user instant access to online information with no need to type in URLs or search words. A little group of dots can contain a link to the most relevant and pertinent information.The potential for the use of QR codes in the retail enviornment is only starting to be realised now.Product information can be obtained by scanning the item’s barcode with a mobile device such as a smart phone.The information that can be retrieved from the QR code is far more detailed and informative than even what the best trained salesperson can offer.

Dermot showing a customer in the shop the QR Reader

Dermot showing a customer in the shop the QR Reader

The scanning process can take the consumer to pages of important information that describe the product and anything about it that the consumer may be interested in.Of course the data provided by the retailer can be filtered and what is most relevant to the consumer may be chosen.Some people may prefer to watch a video whilst others might scan the text and read the product information.I recently came across the use of Qr codes in a zoo where there were links to videos of the animals in their natural habitats which provides a more interactive and deeper experience for the visitors.Obviously similar experiences can be created by retailers of physical products.

As usual at Tom Murphy Menswear we have been quick to adopt new forms of technological innovation to improve the retail experience of our customers.We have created QR codes for about 20 percent of the overall product offering and the plan is to have up to half our products QR coded by 2014.
This means that a wealth of product information can be accessed immediately by our customers. The origin of the brand, the material it is made from and the instructions are already on the label but the QR code can take you to a place where you can see a whole lot more. For example the QR code on all the suits in the store will take you to a page which shows the other colours it is availble in,how it looks on a model and the recommended shirts it can be worn with.We even provide videos on some codes showing a particular brands headquarters and how they make a garment.In other words a whole new retail experience can be opened up for the comsumer. In fact the consumer can be helped with the decision making process by ; a)-gaining more information,   b)-saving the information onto their phone and making a less pressurised,more informative desicion later on in the comfort of their office or home.

Customers often come to browse and having seen a product go home to think about it. When a products QR code has been scanned it saves automatically onto the users phone,thus ensuring a permanence that is invaluable to the retailer.The lads in our wedding suit department are finding the whole process very helpful as this is an area of the business where customers rarely make up their minds on the spot.In the recession a tool such as this is invaluable for retailers and should be embraced wholeheartedly so our advice is to get out the smartphones and get  scanning folks!

Glossy,silky contemporary tuxedo

Glossy,silky contemporary tuxedo

When choosing a tuxedo for your wedding there are a number of things worth considering.First of all you need to understand the classical definition of a tuxedo.


A tuxedo is basically a black suit with lapels made from satin and it also has satin covered buttons on the front and sleeves of the coat.The cut of the jacket is no different to any other style and there is very little else in the way of discerning features that would mark it out from a lounge suit or day suit.Of course some tuxedo trousers will have a satin braid or pipe down the side of the garment but this is a feature that is not always present.


I would however strongly advise against adopting this restrictive view of what a tuxedo is.There are lots of contemporary style suits that could be called a tuxedo if you are prepared to move away from the traditional meaning.I would encourage people to think of a tuxedo as a formal suit that is worn for very important occassions and that has some more elaborate features and styling than your everyday suit. The texture of the fabric is is something that really sets a cermonial suit apart from the more ordinary versions.Silky,glossy,shiny suits tend to be that bit more glitzy than a woolly style. Other features that can set apart a groom’s tuxedo can be ornamental buttons or indented feature pockets or a slightly longer jacket shape.


A synthesis of the classic and conntemporary is always a winning formula and this can be achieved with a tux that uses the traditional satin detailing in an imaginative way.For example there are plenty of brands offering suits with a little satin edging on the lapel and slightly trimming on the pockets.These outfits look really sharp and make an ideal wedding suit.

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