Why buy when you can rent your wedding suits?

A few years ago we posted the inverse of the above question in a blog entitled ‘why rent when you can buy?’. The topic up for discussion was whether to buy or rent your wedding suits of course. At the time there was the odd bride and groom considering buying their suits and we noticed more and more were considering that option. It has to be stated that up until three or four years ago the default process was for everyone in the party to rent their suits. Tails, three quarter coats and frock coats were hardly something that needed to be splashed out on when in all likelihood they would never be worn again. Besides the cost of acquiring such suits would have been prohibitive and the suppliers tended to be high end brands like Magee and Wilvorst.

Buy the groom and rent the rest`

With the deformalization of wedding suits and the emergence of the semi-formal lounge suit as a viable alternative, people could now began to consider buying their wedding suit as it could be worn again.

It could even be seen as an investment. Casual and semi-formal suits were definitely starting to become a force in grooms wear attire with this trend starting 5 or 6 years ago. Allied to this the cost of buying a suit was significantly cheaper than in pre-recessionary times. While the aforementioned established brands like Magee and Wilvorst stuck to their guns with pricing policy there was a new crop of brands starting to emerge and they offered significant value to the customer. Three piece suits could be acquired for about €250 and this continues to be the case in today’s market maket.

It can be a sensible option to buy the wedding suits package when the prices are favorable. We ourselves find that our Benetti wedding suits package is particularly popular at the moment. For €249 you can acquire a brand new wool suit in a spectacularly slim fit from a well established brand. Sometimes the suits on offer at the lower prices are of an inferior quality and lack the preciseness of fit by a brand such as Benetti.

Some of our famous brands where you can buy a brand new groom’s suit for 249







Patrick Howard with Bill Clinton Patrick wears a Tom Murphy Tails Suits like this were rented

All in however the cost of buying four or five suits can mount up quickly. Sometimes shirt and tie is not included either so this can mean that the budget for wedding suits is going to be over stretched quickly. A few years ago the thought of spending €250 on five groomsmen would have been unheard of. On top of this the groom’s suit tends to be more costly as the trend now is for the groom opt for bespoke/ made-to-measure or high-end. Our Tom Murphy bespoke collection is extremely popular at the moment and we have people travelling to us from all over the country but these suits are at the higher end of the market. A three piece suit in this category can cost up to €1000. Alternatively an off-the-peg suit from high-end suppliers like Magee or Wilvorst will be €599 to €799.


Many grooms are buying their suit and renting the lads’ suits

With the cost of the grooms suit often being at the higher end it probably makes sense to strongly consider renting the suits for the rest of the party. We really find this a hugely popular way of kitting out the wedding party. It probably offers the best value for money with the rental outfits coming to about €100 each. With that you get suit, shirt, waist-coat, neck-wear, pocket-squares and cuff-links. You get a suit from a high-end brand such as Wilvorst of Germany which will have an unbelievably precise fit. The cloths tend to be a superior quality too in a pure wool high-end finish. The retail price would be circa €800 so it definitely makes sense to rent them if the opportunity presents itself. The saving on the groomsmen suits allows the groom to go for a brand new bespoke wedding suit or something a little bit spectacular. We would often recommend bringing in a small bit of the grooms outfit into the groomsmen’s outfits. A nice tidy way of doing this is by having bow-ties cut from the cloth of the grooms suit. This provides a lovely subtle connection between the groom and the rest of the party. Sometimes a contast waistcoat in a scoop style can seperate the groom from the rest of the party.Whatever happens it is nice to coordinate the groom and groomsmen.Having said that some people prefer to let the groom stand apart in a completly different outfit.


Ireland’s Tallest Man candidate Brendan MacCallister wears Tom Murphy bespoke on the Late Late Show.

Back in the early 80’s after of a year of trawling through candidates it was cut down to 3 candidates, who all stood at 7 feet and over. The three appeared on the late late show and we had the honor of kitting out Brendan McAllister in a bespoke suit for the occasion. As Brendan was 7 feet tall we had no choice but to commission a specifically tailored 2 piece suit spun and woven in a cloth by Magee of Donegal . Our resident tailoring experts Michael and Tom Crowley were commissioned to produce a suit for Brendan on the big night.
After the initial measurement process there was a 5 week turnaround and Brendan was invited back into the shop for his second fitting. Michael and Tom admit to being nervous as Brendan tried on the suit but lo and behold it was the perfect fit and they were all thrilled with the result.
Gay Byrne was gushing in his praise for the immaculately dressed gentlemen and Brendan, who is originally from Cobh, looked resplendent in his threads, which he says still hang proudly in his wardrobe. Alas he did not go onto win the competition but he placed 2nd. If there was a prize for the best dressed giant needless to say he would have walked off with it.

Brendan MacAllister in a Tom Murphy bespoke on the Late Late Show with Gay Byrne.

Another big man, Paul O’Connell being kitted out in one of our bespoke suits by Mick Murphy.

Get the Tziacco Tuxedo 2017 look at Tom Murphy’s

The latest collection of Tziacco suits is inspired by an avant garde interpetation of the ever classic tuxedo.As ever the lapel details are a little extravagant and they hint at a groom that is not afraid to make a statement.With the surge in the appeal of tuxedos as a wedding suit tziacco tuxedos are becoming more and more popular.To see the full collection pay us a visit or make an appointment.Some are available from stock and there are lots to see in the custom made range as well.The lead time generally is about 5-9 weeks but we can push orders through a little quicker if necessary.

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Midnight blue tux with lapel edging matching the waistcoat and bow

Tziacco 2017 at Tom Murphy’s

Get the Tziacco 2017 look at Tom Murphy's

Jaquard blue tux with plain contrast trousers

Get the Tziacco 2017 look at Tom Murphy’s

Get the Tziacco 2017 look at Tom Murphy's

Black soft wool fabric with paisley extreme low cut waistcoat

Debs suit season is well and truly underway as our doors are seeing vast swathes of dapper trendy young men exiting with their suit wrapped in our iconic Tom Murphy suit bags We thought we might give a quick overview of the current trends we are noticing

James Petrol 3 Piece Suit Brax Waistcoat

Classic example of the stylish plain 2 piece and contrast waistcoat combo.


Over the last 3 to 4 years there has been a seismic shift in the way people dress for their debs. If you look at any Graduation photo from 5 years ago, everyone, to a man is wearing a black tux in tandem with a standard black bow and while this look is timeless and looks great there was no hint of individuality. The Debs now represents an opportunity for young men to express their originality and showcase their own style. The more unique you are the better these days. From simple navy 3 pieces to burgundy tweeds, anything is on the table. Standard looks like a navy suit can be spruced up with the addition of a contrast waistcoat as seen in the photo above.

Grey Donegal Tweed 3 Piece Suit

tweed is in

The vintage look is back and with it Tweed! This quintessential fabric has longevity and style, a lot of Debs men come in inquiring about Tweed suits as they know it will set them apart from the pack and here at Tom Murphys we are more than able to cater for their needs. There is undoubtedly a sense of sophistication which accompanies any man kitted out in a tweed suit and it is exactly this factor of maturity that graduates look for as they transition from secondary school to university.

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Why not tie your outfit together (excuse the pun) with one of our elegant bows which we supply in a vast array of colo

Cusack Navy 3 Piece Suit

Classic looks are back with a bang

rs and designs. The bow tie has been trumping the standard skinny tie over the last few years as it really lifts some of the new style suits. Find a bow tie or pocket square to match your date or just get one to make you look good, it is your night too after all!


Cool Classics Tuxedos
The Spring-Summer season of 2017 has really seen the re-emergence of the tuxedo as a popular choice for groomswear.
As the plain navy, royal blue and charcoal suit are relegated to the category of “uninspired” there is a growing trend for going black-tie.Our “Cool-Classics”collection in collaboration with Wilvorst will cover all the angles. In addition to the usual slim line and classic fits, there will be a huge range of options available in the Drop 8 fit which is becoming increasingly popular. The Drop 8 fit goes beyond slim and exhibits a more delicate and finer cut.
As the name suggest, the “Cool-Classics” collection points to a new direction in traditional formal attire with midnight blues, gunmetal greys and chequered patterns all giving a contemporary twist to the classic tuxedo.
All suits come with the option of a customized waistcoat in the fabric to match the suit or lapel. Double-breasted scoops and single breasted vests are all being offered from stock in all sizes. This number of possibilities means choosing a tuxedo from Tom Murphy’s is a one to two hour process that is handled with devotion by our staff.
Fabrics on offer are all high-end Italian weaves and some of the most popular are the Hightwist Super 100 and the IWS Natural stretch. In the colour black alone, expect to see a myriad of choices and options with Superfine wools being abundant in our collection.

blue wedding suit tuxedo

Mohair Vitale Barberis Canoncio wedding tuxedo available in 6 colors from stock

Cool Classic Tuxedos at Tom Murphys

Black tuxedo in a micro pattern also available in midnight blue

One of the 6 colors available from stock in the pure wool mohair fabric by vitale barberis canoncio

shawl collar tuxedo

Shawl collar tuxedo available in the ultra trendy drop 8 fit.

white tuxedo

white and ivory tuxedos in fashionable peak lapel style

Benetti Suits and the FAI

The sponsorship, which was launched by Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Aviva Stadium, will see the Irish brand exclusively design and supply casual and formal wear to Republic of Ireland men’s senior team until 2020.

As we here at Tom Murphys have been stocking and supporting Benetti for years now it is fantastic to see the brand excelling and progressing so much in recent times.In the old days remembers when the brand was sold under the name Donitz. ”

About 20 years ago I remember selling donitz shirts by the bucket loads.It was always a superb brand and they were fantastic to deal with.It is great to see the brand growing so quickly in Ireland and what better way to highlight that than an association with the National soccer team”

Established in 1999, Benetti have grown to be a desired product supplying approximately 140 menswear independent accounts across Ireland. It is now one of the country’s most recognised menswear labels.

In our shop we constantly have young and older gentlemen coming into us asking for a Benetti because of its signature slim-fit which is obviously a quality which would be a key factor with sports stars of this level when choosing a suit to buy.

John Delaney, FAI CEO, said: “We are delighted to announce this link-up with Benetti, who are an established and respected brand in the Irish market. We look forward to working with such a popular brand for the years to come.”

Serena Farrell, Benetti spokesperson, said: “To partner with the Republic of Ireland teams is the perfect fit for us. As a 100% Irish brand, Benetti will take pride in ensuring that the squads look well off the pitch for the next three years as they represent their country.”

Stephen Hunt, Benetti Football Ambassador, said: “The majority of top footballers have a keen interest in fashion and what they wear, so a partnership like this is mutually beneficial. The Benetti range is ahead of anything else you see on the Irish market and as a footballer representing your country you want to take pride and have confidence in how you look arriving for a game.”

Tziacco 2017 Range Spring Summer

beige wedding suit

Beige wedding suit with collar and military style detailing

silver grey wedding suit

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Available exclusively from Tom Murphy Menswear is the avant garde collection of wedding suits by Tziacco.The ornate detailings are what makes this collection stand out.Nehru and collared jackets define it as a range of wedding suits that stands out from the crowd.Every taste from gothic themed black florals and jaquards to powdery pastels and metalic silvers is catered for.Stand up collar shirts and quirky neck ensembles are part of the overall lo0k as well.As Spring approaches there is a lightening up of the tones although the brooding winter hues of black and navy still are plentiful.Waistcoats are themed to match with the suits but are generally in different patterns.More and more people are looking for something different in their choice of wedding attire and this collection certainly suits a groom wishing to stand out.

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Nehru stand up collar with non closing front buttons

Tziacco 2017 Range

Get the Tziacco 2017 look at Tom Murphy's

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After Six Spring Collection 2017

Wilvorst After Six Spring Collection available from Tom Murphy Menswear


After Six Spring Collection 2017

Wilvorst After Six Spring Collection available from Tom Murphy Menswear


After Six Spring Collection 2017

Wilvorst After Six Spring Collection available from Tom Murphy Menswear

Benetti Suits Spotted on TV


Tomas O Se in some eye catching Benetti Ensembles

Benetti is a brand which rewards men in good physical condition. The slim fit style of the brand is the aspect that makes the Irish brand so attractive to so many public figures. Tomas O’Sé, as a pundit on RTÉ, is pictured above wearing Benetti but as you can see he has a unique style in each photo. The contrast waistcoat inside a suit, as seen on the picture top right, adds a unique touch to any suit, it’s nearly as if Tomas is wearing three completely different outfits due to the three different waistcoats  and the contrast is without doubt eye catching for all of the right reasons.



Daithi O Se in a petrol blue Benetti and chequred contrast waistcoat

Wearing Benetti

Like his fellow county man, Dáithi O’Sé also wears Benetti, demonstrating that as a brand it suits the slightly older generation too. Once again we can see how impressive the contrast waistcoat looks, especially as it’s partnered with a matching tie and handkerchief. The Rose of Tralee presenter is actually wearing the Benetti suit/waistcoat combination which proved to be our best seller over the summer of 2016. As a 2 piece it’s a work or interview style,but add a waistcoat and a whole new look takes shape, perfect for weddings or any social event. Versatility is an attribute Benetti, as a brand take massive pride in.

O’ Donovan Brothers – Olympic Champions


Benetti check suits with a splash of burgandy

It is not only GAA men who kit themselves out in BenettiLate Late guests and Olympic heroes, Garry and Paul O’Donovan are also celebrity ambassadors for the brand. The tweed suit is very much in at the moment and it’s easy to see why as the dynamic duo have gained many plaudits for their attire while speaking to Ryan Tubridy. Gary picks up on the maroon check throughout his suit with a matching dicky bow whereas Paul went for the more understated, but still stylish, smart tie. Many tweed suits would be in the 600-1000 euro bracket but Benetti presents an affordable alternative with Tweed suits like these at 299.

All Types of Sports – All Kinds of Players – One Suit: Benetti


In this social media crazed era, where a picture speaks a thousand words, how a sportsman presents himself off the pitch can almost be as important as how he presents himself on the pitch and these days the top GAA stars are choosing to present themselves in Benetti, as shown by the five intercounty footballers above, who almost look like a wedding party themselves! The Irish brand  have gone from strength to strength in recent years and have become one of the top menswear brands in Ireland and the U.K with further international expansion looking likely. Benetti have found their niche in being trendy but affordable. Here in Tom Murphy’s we have 3 piece Benetti suits at 299. Or at the special price of 249 if purchasing 3+ for a wedding party.

GAA Sports

Benetti as worn by Dublin, Donegal, Kilkenny

Just like the bride, it is also the groom’s special day and distinguishing themselves is a must. As seen above the variety in style Benetti offer is astounding. From blue check to tweed Benetti caters from bold extravagance to timeless subtlety. Here in the shop, many grooms opt to kit out their groomsmen in Benetti 3 pieces and go for the sheer class of a bespoke Wilworst suit for themselves. With so many options and brands of suits in store we strive to make your special day a stylish one too!


GAA Football Star in Benetti


Benetti range