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A Guide to Prince Edward Suits and Prince Edward Suit Wedding Hire

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The Prince Edward suit (sometimes referred to as a Three Quarter Suit or simply as 'The Edward') is now perhaps the most popular style of men's formal wedding attire available in the UK today.


With a traditional, yet contemporary look, and with a dazzling array of colours and materials available, a Prince Edward suit really does make a long and lasting impression.



What Do Prince Edward Suits Look Like?


A Prince Edward suit features a three quarter length jacket, cut straight from the bottom of the lapels to the base of the jacket. A perfectly fitting Prince Edward suit jacket will rest midway between the hip and the knee.


The suit lapels are akin to what you'd find on any normal suit jacket, and three or four buttons can typically be found, though these are not usually worn fastened.


Prince Edward suits are available in a huge range of colours. From traditional black, charcoal, navy and grey, through to bottle red and cream - they are even available in different materials. For all you modern Grooms, velvet and mohair Prince Edwards are readily available across the country, and for those tying the knot abroad, lighter weight Prince Edward suit is available at various morning wear hire shops.



Essential Prince Edward Suit Extras


Waistcoats are essential extras for those heading down the Prince Edward suit route, and they're a great way to jazz up the look. Trousers (even more essential than the waistcoat!) are often a plain and match the jacket, although many Grooms opt for striped trousers either way, both look superb.


Both plain collar and winged collar shirts work well with the look and can be accompanied by either a cravat, plain tie or European tie, although a ruche looks particularly striking.



Prince Edward Suit Accessories


Handkerchiefs, cufflinks, pocket watches and canes provide a fantastic finish to any Prince Edward suit - each adding a touch of class and making you look like a proper dandy!



How Much Will a Prince Edward Suit Cost?


The cost of the Prince Edward suits will largely depend upon whether you plan to hire or buy them.


Virtually all of the morning wear stockists you'll come across will be able to offer you Prince Edward suit hire, with the final cost typically coming in anywhere between 40 and 100 per suit. Accessories (handkerchiefs etc.) and essential extras (shirts, neckpieces etc) may not be included in the fee you are quoted, so be sure to ask the necessary questions and double-check the smallprint.


Whilst the number of men's formal attire stores hiring Prince Edward suits is vast, the number of firms selling them to the general public is not so large. There are a small number stores across the UK and around the world where they can be purchased, with the cost for the jackets alone starting at around the 100 to 150 mark.



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