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The Essential Guide to Formal Menswear

Navigating the world of formal menswear can be a daunting task. With a variety of styles, fabrics, and cuts to choose from, knowing the essentials can help you create a polished and sophisticated wardrobe.

At McCann Bespoke, “Crafting excellence since 2002,” we’ve been at the forefront of contemporary British tailoring in London.

This guide introduces you to the key elements of formal menswear, from the foundation of a bespoke suit to the right accessories that complete your look. We aim to empower you to make informed decisions and feel confident in every garment you choose. 

Types of Formal Suits in Formal Menswear


Bespoke Suits:

Crafted for the perfect individual expression, bespoke suits are meticulously tailored to your exact body shape and design preferences.

Every element from the lapel width that flatters your frame to the number of buttons for a touch of personality, is considered meticulously.

This degree of customization ensures a garment that drapes flawlessly and exudes a sophisticated air. 


Bespoke Three-Piece Suits:

Take your formal attire to the next level with a bespoke three-piece suit.

The addition of a waistcoat, also crafted to your specifications using the bespoke tailoring process, elevates the formality and creates a more versatile ensemble.

This timeless combination is perfect for weddings, black-tie events, important business meetings, and any occasion demanding a touch of grandeur. 


Full Bespoke Suits:

Representing the pinnacle of tailoring artistry, a full bespoke suit is a masterpiece created entirely by hand.

Through a series of fittings, your bespoke tailor meticulously refines the garment to ensure an unparalleled fit and exceptional comfort.

A full bespoke suit is an investment piece crafted to become a treasured heirloom, embodying the art of contemporary British tailoring in London. 

Selecting Fabrics and Patterns 


Choosing the right fabric is crucial for both the look and comfort of your suit.

Crafting excellence since 2002, McCann Bespoke uses only the finest materials to ensure a garment that drapes beautifully and endures for years.

Here are some popular choices: 


Wool: The most common suit fabric, prized for its durability, breathability, and versatility.

At McCann Bespoke, we offer a range of wools, from lightweight summer weaves to luxurious superfine merino wools for a truly bespoke experience. 


Cotton: Ideal for warmer climates, cotton suits are lighter and offer a casual yet neat appearance. Perfect for summer weddings or business events. 


Linen: Best suited for summer, linen is lightweight and keeps you cool but tends to wrinkle easily.

Our tailors can advise on garment care to ensure your linen suit looks its best. 


Patterns can also play a role in the style of your suit. Classic options like pinstripes or herringbone add a touch of tradition, while solid colors tend to be more versatile and modern.

Contemporary British tailoring in London allows McCann Bespoke to create a suit that reflects your style, whether you prefer a timeless elegance or a touch of modern flair. 

Essential Accessories 


No formal outfit is complete without the perfect finishing touches.

At McCann Bespoke, we understand the importance of impeccably chosen accessories that elevate your look and showcase your sartorial sense. 


Ties: A well-crafted silk tie adds a touch of timeless luxury and professionalism to your ensemble. Consider incorporating patterns or colors that complement your suit and shirt, while maintaining a balance with the formality of the occasion. 


Pocket Squares: These are not just decorative; they are a subtle way to express your personality and add a pop of color or visual interest to your suit. A folded pocket square in a complementary or contrasting color to your tie can create a polished and coordinated look. 


Cufflinks: Cufflinks are the jewelry of formal attire. Choose cufflinks that subtly reflect your personality and style, but ensure they maintain the overall elegance of your ensemble.

For a truly bespoke touch, consider incorporating custom cufflinks featuring your initials or a family crest. 


Shoes: A well-made pair of leather shoes is a cornerstone of any formal outfit. Opt for high-quality leather Oxfords or Derbys in a classic color like black or brown.

Ensure your shoes are impeccably polished and match the formality and style of your suit for a truly distinguished look. 

Maintaining Your Formal Wear 


Crafting excellence since 2002, McCann Bespoke understands the impeccable look a well-maintained bespoke suit brings.

To ensure your formal garments retain their sharp silhouette and luxurious feel for years to come, here are some key aftercare practices: 


Regular Cleaning: Professional dry cleaning is paramount. Bespoke suits and formalwear are crafted from delicate fabrics that require specialized cleaning methods to preserve their quality. Always follow the specific care instructions provided by your McCann Bespoke tailor. 


Proper Storage: Invest in wide, padded hangers to maintain your suit’s shape. Store garments in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This prevents moisture build-up, and fading, and keeps your suit looking its best. 


Attention to Detail:
Regularly inspect your bespoke pieces for any loose threads or buttons. Addressing these minor imperfections promptly by a skilled tailor ensures your formalwear remains a timeless investment in your wardrobe. 

Building Your Confidence Through Bespoke Tailoring 


Mastering the art of formal menswear goes beyond simply acquiring clothes; it’s about cultivating a wardrobe that embodies timeless style and unwavering confidence.

At McCann Bespoke, “Crafting excellence since 2002,” we are committed to providing you with not only the finest garments but also the sartorial expertise to elevate your presence.

Whether you require a bespoke suit for a momentous occasion or seek to refine your daily business attire, understanding the core principles of formal menswear is paramount. 


Our team of specialists at McCann Bespoke, synonymous with “Contemporary British tailoring in London,” is prepared to guide you through the intricacies of formal wear, crafting bespoke solutions that cater to your unique style and requirements.  


Visit our London store or contact us today to discover how we can transform you into the epitome of sophistication, no matter the occasion.

This definitive guide equips you with the knowledge you need, from the enduring advantages of bespoke tailoring to the meticulous care of your formal garments, ensuring you make a lasting impression in any formal setting. 

Why Choose Bespoke? 


The cornerstone of any formal menswear collection is the bespoke suit. Unlike off-the-rack options that may leave you feeling restricted or uncomfortable, a bespoke suit is meticulously tailored to your exact measurements and specifications.

This ensures a perfect fit that flatters your physique and provides unparalleled comfort, allowing you to project a distinguished air.

Here are the reasons why investing in bespoke men’s suits offers distinct advantages: 


Unmatched Personalisation: McCann Bespoke, crafting excellence since 2002, empowers you to take complete control over every detail of your garment.

From the selection of luxurious fabrics to the type of stitching and subtle design elements, our expert tailors will meticulously translate your vision into reality. 


Superior Quality: Bespoke suits are not simply stitched together; they are constructed with meticulous care by skilled artisans using the finest materials available.

At McCann Bespoke, we employ contemporary British tailoring techniques to create garments that are not only visually stunning but also built to endure. 


Investment in Durability: A well-made bespoke suit is more than just an article of clothing; it’s an investment. The superior craftsmanship and high-quality materials used in its construction ensure exceptional durability.

With proper care, your bespoke suit from McCann Bespoke can become a cherished garment that will accompany you for years.