Ask A Costume Historian: Help, My Brother Wants Me To Be His Suit-Wearing Best Man

Hello Hairpin!

I am going to be the best man in my brother's wedding next summer and he's told me he wants me in a suit. I don't relish the idea of going to Men's Wearhouse, both for body type and fashion reasons. Obviously the ideal solution is an Elie Saab jumpsuit, a la Sarah Jessica Parker, but I don't have that kind of cash and also my boobs are way bigger. Help, what do I wear?


Hi there, best (wo)man,

I have lots of good news for you, all of which involves you never (ever) having to enter a Men’s Wearhouse.

I wore a jumpsuit to be a bridesmaid for a wedding in Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago and I can say without reservation that it was one of the better decisions I’ve made in the last year. (Other good decisions include night swimming in a Wisconsin lake immediately following said wedding, but I digress.) Based on my experience, I’m going to assume that wanting to wear a jumpsuit to a wedding means you have the following priorities:

1) Maximum comfort while drinking wine and dancing at the same time