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Every gentleman needs one smart, well-fitting suit in his arsenal, something to break out for special occasions. As your wedding is the ultimate special occasion, it is the perfect time to invest in a suit for life. Here are our top tips!

1|the quality

Unlike brides, grooms have the benefit of being able to wear their wedding day attire well past the big day. We have been designing and tailoring beautiful suits for over a 150 years and have perfected the suit. Quality is key for us – starting with the fabric – luxury tweeds, Italian or British wools and Irish linen. We pay special attention to the trim details – linings, piping, contrast pocket details, collar meltons and horn buttons.

Edward and David, were married in August 2019 at Cloughjordan House in Co Tipperary, Ireland.
Photo by Louise Scott Photography

2|the fit

We think that one of the most important parts of getting a great-looking suit is ensuring your garment fits perfectly. Sleeves that finish just above the wrist bone, a jacket that stays smooth when buttoned across the front, trousers that just skim the top of the shoe without catching: these are all the details that you need to get right to ensure a smart and sophisticated look. For your wedding day, we recommend getting a made to measure suit, ensuring the perfect fit from the start, or if you do find the perfect suit off-the-peg, we have expert tailors who can tweak and make small adjustments if required.

3|the style

Choosing the style of your suit is where you can show off a bit of personal flair. Narrow lapels, and straight or narrow-leg trousers are both popular at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t step out with something more bold. Think wide, peak lapels on the jacket for a vintage-inspired look!

Navy suits have ruled the day for a long time and are still a firm favourite – an all-time classic that can be worn again and again, but why not add a bit of personality with a checked fabric? This Autumn brown suits are also making a strong comeback, bringing a smart, retro vibe to the wedding scene. A contrast waistcoat can also add a fun pop of colour to a three-piece suit. Our speciality is the Donegal tweed suit – a truly timeless suit!

If stepping away from the classic three-piece suit our recommendations would be the traditional morning suit – double up with a day at Ascot or the 007 inspired dinner suit for a very smooth look!

Catharine and Andrew were married in April 2019 at The Stone House in Nevada, USA.

4|the details

The finishing touches to your outfit are key – a crisp white or blue cotton shirt, a silk knitted tie (the knit is great for a vintage look with a tweed suit) and a pocket square, which adds a nice touch. Our Made to Measure option also includes embroidery – e.g. the date of your wedding or your names.

5|after the event

You’ll get the most mileage out of a well-fitting three-piece suit; it can be broken down into separates and worn lots of different ways. Pair the trousers with a smart knit and coat for a day at the races; wear the jacket as a blazer over chinos for date night. Your wedding suit will be a wardrobe favourite for years to come with a little creative flair, bringing back great memories every time you do.

A Donegal tweed suit worn 3 ways

Looking for your perfect suit? Our Made to Measure service gives you the opportunity to design your own suit, perfectly fitted to your measurements.

We would like the thank both our beautiful couples who featured in this blog for letting us use their photos. We wish them every happiness in the years to come and thank you for choosing to wear Magee!

There’s no doubt that the iconic Peaky Blinders series from BBC One, and especially Cillian Murphy’s performance of 20th-century ganglord, Tommy Shelby, has had a huge influence on men’s style everywhere. We can see its influence all over the streets of Ireland and the UK, from men’s haircuts to the rising popularity of the baker cap.

Magee 1866 has over 150 years of history, designing, weaving and tailoring, so of course, Peaky Blinders ticks all the boxes for us. We wouldn’t recommend rocking up to work on Monday in a full three-piece tweed suit with a baker’s cap on top (unless you really want to?) but with a bit of modern sense, you can achieve the Tommy Shelby look for any occasion.

1 | The Suit

For the role of Tommy Shelby, costume designer Stephanie Collie had several suits made by London-based tailor Keith Watson.

Having a suit that fits well is essential; it will give you that Tommy Shelby swagger without all the criminal activity. Fitted, tapered trousers will give any man more height, and give a modern look. The trousers mightn’t be entirely historically accurate in Peaky Blinders (apparently bell-bottoms were the look of choice) but the tailored trouser is definitely sharp looking, and we would recommend going the same way.

Among the Shelby clan, tweed rules the day, with grey herringbone and dark checks coming through. This look is reminiscent of another era, while still being entirely comfortable, modern and wearable. If you’re going all-out, definitely include the waistcoat (and a pocket watch!) but for an updated look, you can make it more casual by leaving the waistcoat at home. It’s good to have options.

Three piece grey tailored Donegal Tweed suit. €699.

2 | Outerwear

The Baker’s cap is potentially the most essential part of this look, dare we say it. It’s different to a flat cap, as it has a more structured design and a button on top. These caps were a popular choice in the early 20th century.

And then, of course, there’s the coat. Cillian Murphy’s character is seen in a long wool coat with a prominent lapel. His coat is slightly oversized (probably for gun-slinging purposes) but it makes an attractive silhouette, and is easy to wear over a suit.

Other essential details include black gloves, sturdy boots, and a pocket watch, at your discretion.

Left to right: Arranmore Double Breasted Donegal Tweed Coat. Doonalt Tailored Coat. assorted men’s caps.

3 | The Shirt

Especially in the first season, Tommy Shelby is seen pretty much exclusively in a penny-collar shirt, sans tie. Difficult enough to find today, the grandfather collar shirt is a suitable substitute, with the same rounded collar and button-up neck. Style it with a crisp white linen for the Tommy Shelby look, or a striped cotton flannel for added warmth.

Left: Irish-made linen grandfather shirt. Right: Striped Irish cotton grandfather shirt.

4 | The Dinner Suit

For a man whose idea of ‘business casual’ is a three-piece suit and pocketwatch, it’s no surprise that Cillian Murphy’s character goes all-out for formal wear. The black dinner suit has a timeless, cinematic elegance, and it’s making a comeback.

The dinner suit is usually worn as a two-piece – jacket and trousers – with a crisp white formal shirt and a black bowtie, just like Tommy Shelby above.

Left to right: Two piece dinner suit. Silk self-tie bow tie. Slim fit formal shirt.

Magee 1866 have been specialising in tailoring and luxury fabrics for over 150 years. We have always been renowned for our durable, hard-wearing suits – namely the original thorn-proof. This heavy, worsted woollen suit, made in the Convoy woollen mills in Donegal, simply didn’t wear out – the story goes that you could push a pencil through the cloth and then give the cloth a quick rub and one would never have known a pencil or said pencil hole had been there.

Fast forward to today and we are still producing sophisticated and beautifully tailored suits. Fabrics have developed over the years and have become much more lightweight and functional for today’s needs. The world is becoming a more casual place, but we strongly believe there will always be a place for a well-cut suit.

Here are a few of my favourite looks and outfits for the 9 – 5 week day wardrobe that work within the hectic lifestyle we all juggle today.

The Donegal tweed suit – drawing on our heritage we have adapted the original, rustic, (and a little bit rough) Donegal tweed and developed a fine, lambswool quality with the distinctive salt & pepper fleck. This season you can purchase this unique suit as a Mix & Match – i.e the jacket, trouser and waistcoat separately – this works really well if you are a. not a standard 6-inch drop (all our ‘nested suits’ are designed with a 6-inch drop – i.e. the difference between the jacket and trousers, e.g. a size 40R jacket will carry a 34R trouser) and b. you might not want the waistcoat but it does make for a lovely option on it’s own without a jacket, in case you are tempted! Here are four ways to wear your Donegal suit.

The classic pure new wool ‘business’ suit – new for this season, a luxury fine worsted wool featuring a subtle check with blue and on-trend brown. This luxurious fabric is designed and woven in England by Alfred Brown. Style with one of our luxury cotton white twill shirts and knit tie.

The Travel suit – this lightweight, stretch suit does exactly what is says on the tin – a durable, functional and yet very smart wool blend suit is a must for your work wardrobe. The fabric is designed to wear exceptionally well; travel – cars, trains and planes, it withstands long days in the office and it looks pretty good out of a suitcase. The added stretch makes this a really comfy suit. We do offer a waistcoat in this style but we also recommend the Kilgole knit waistcoat – a slightly more casual alternative to the classic suit waistcoat. This suit is available in black, navy or grey – and in two fits – classic & tailored.

Dress down options – while there will always be a place for a beautiful suit, we know there is an increasing need for a casual office look. Think comfortable chinos, (ours have 2% stretch = added comfort), a casual check shirt and cotton knitwear. If you need to dress it up a little, try one of our lightweight wool jackets – a great early fall/mid-season jacket.

The City Coat – all our coats are designed to wear over a suit jacket or standard blazer. This Autumn Winter the collection includes functional, shower-proof, lightweight Macs, cashmere blend classic wool car coats and my favourite – the Erne, a Donegal tweed raglan sleeve mid-length overcoat. (Available end September)

Finishing touches

We have a unique collection of luxury accessories – English bridle leather belts – made in the UK, tweed and leather bags – the tweed is designed and woven by us in Donegal, Ireland. We also have a beautiful collection of ties and pocket hankies.

The Magee Made to Measure service is also worth remembering if you are looking for a suit for the office that fits you perfectly and features design details that you have chosen from our extensive collection – e.g. buttons, linings, collar meltons, piping and perhaps you initials embroidered on the inside left or under the collar.

Find out more – Made to Measure – own stores and selected stockists in the UK and Ireland.

We are renowned for our men’s sophisticated tailoring and have been perfecting the art of the ‘work wear’ wardrobe for men for over 100 years. Styling has without doubt evolved over this time, however the classic suit is still a staple.

In the 1960’s we started designing and weaving colourful, intricate tweeds which opened the door for us into the women’s market on fabric. For the last few years we have been focusing our efforts on a women’s ready-to-wear collection. This capsule wardrobe captures the 9 – 5 look perfectly for women. Fabric and garment design are at the core of what we do, as a result each piece is comfortable, smart, unique and above all made to last.

Our Moyne boyfriend style blazer is an office must – an easy fit and really comfortable jacket. Style with the Chloe knit – a lux cashmere blend jumper with a Liberty of London silk panel.

The Mona double breasted Mac is an essential piece for the Irish and British summer forecast – featuring a unique Donegal tweed trim on the under collar, this smart coat works across the 9 – 5 look to weeknights out perfectly. Style with our stretch wool cigarette pants.

My own personal work-travel essential is one of our luxury cashmere blend pashminas, this oversized scarf is ideal for hopping in and out of planes and taxis. Complete the 9 – 5 look with one of our tweed and leather laptop bags.

June is here and with it we hope some sunny, warm weather, although in Ireland today it is blowing a strong wind, accompanied by heavy showers and very intermittent glimpses of blue sky! With this unpredictable weather pattern we have selected a capsule 9 – 5 wardrobe which should hopefully cover all eventualities.

Blue is the perfect 9 – 5 colour that transcends all seasons and weather!

A key piece this summer for us is the Banagher Reversible Mac, featuring a navy-blue puppy-tooth summer weight cotton blend fabric (designed and woven by us in Donegal) and a showerproof navy on the reverse. Style with a grey structure knit and chinos for a casual look or dress up with our navy travel suit (the perfect wool blend suit for any business travel – this suit is renowned for its durability and ability to remain relatively crease-free even after hours in a plane or car). Complete the look with a crisp white cotton shirt, cotton knit waistcoat (a comfortable, yet smart alternative to the traditional suit waistcoat) and silk knit tie.

For the casual Friday look check our shirt collection – the Drumbar denim shirt is a wardrobe staple for work or weekend. Shop Shirts.

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