Dress Code: Lounge Suit


A wedding invitation from your best mate requests that you wear a lounge suit to the event,
and now you’re freaking out because you don’t even know what a lounge suit is. 

Lounge suit dress code is used for occasions with various degrees of formality and means a suit worn with a shirt and tie.
Lounge suits are worn for most business events, both daytime and evening, and for many social events,
such as lunches, receptions, dinner, weddings, christenings and funerals. 


First of all, with two words lounge and suit, suit means you have a matching pair of and a jacket.

Did you know that “suit” comes from the French term suivre which means to follow.
So your jacket follows your pants, your pants follow your jacket. A suit is not a combination, meaning a jacket, like a blazer or an orphaned suit jacket that is combined with a contrasting pair of pants or a different colour or pattern.

Some gents wear a dark blue pair of slacks with a dark blue jacket but they’re not made of the same fabric, that’s not a suit either. So when you have a suit, make sure the fabric is the same for the jacket and for the pants.

Given how the lounge dress code for men entails fairly broad parameters, there’s accordingly a variety of styles and colours to choose from. We suggest staying with the basics, meaning a tailored two-piece suit made of materials like wool, linen or cotton.
In the colour department, think neutral shades like navy or charcoal if it’s a night time affair, while grey is good for other times.

Under your jacket should be a collared and cuffed shirt. The shirt should be high in quality and tight-fitting, but comfortable too.
If white is simply too generic for your tastes, stick with neutral shades, avoid bright colours or flashy prints.

Though not nearly as popular as they once were, ties are an essential aspect of the lounge suit. You might be a guy who doesn’t feel you need to wear a tie, but in this case, it is essential.  Not only to achieve the correct look but to show respect to your host.

Use your tie to splash a bit of your personality. It can be as bright or patterned as you want, or dark and subtle. Matched with a pocket hank and the look will not only be admired, your mate will be pleased to see that you are dress as he wished. Its not your function so dress as your host requests.





Your shoes, too, play an important part in the over all look. Leather shoes or boots are a must. Lace ups or slip-ons are no problem but regardless, they should be polished and scuff free. Runners, hiking or work boots are a real no no.

Ensure you buy your shoes early as being leather, you’ll want to break them in a bit. Once you have the shoes, which can be in black or brown, though brown is not a great look with a black suit, make sure you have a belt in the same colour;
black shoes – black belt, brown shoes – brown belt. Pretty simple eh?

Oh, and please wear socks. Not only will it look better, you’ll be far more comfortable and wont come home with a blister on your heel. Go with socks that match the colour of your suit, or if you want, pick some that are the same colour as your tie and hank. That way you can be a bit individual whilst not taking the attention away from the hosts.

The other thing to remember is: don’t leave it until the last moment to get suited up. Very few guys can buy directly off the rack, so we will need a couple of days to have your suit tailor fitted. Regardless of how good the quality of the suit is, if it doesn’t fit you well, it will always look pretty shabby, defeating the whole point of wearing a suit.

Once you have your tailor fitted suit combined with the right accessories you will look pretty sharp.


So when your invitation arrives, drop into Brown’s to get fitted up and with our team’s help,
we’ll put together an outfit that will make you look awesome, feel good and, most importantly,
show that you value your mate by respecting his wishes.








Such a great local family business that’s given caring, friendly service to our family for years. Big thanks to Wendy and Cameron for fitting out our son Liam with his first suit. At over 2mtrs it wasn’t an easy task, they helped him look and feel great walking out with a smile.

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Jay Turner

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to all the team at Browns Mensland for the suits for our fabulous wedding. We were always greeted with a smile and all the suits fit like a glove! The whole process was made so easy by the team and their good old fashioned customer service. I would highly recommend you to all! Thank you!

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To Peter & Team thank you so very much for all your patience, kindness and professionalism. We walked in your shop quite a bit during all the planning for our suits but every time we walked out, was with a huge smile!
The boys suits were complemented all day and night and a lot of recommendings were made :)
Could not thank you all enough!
Highly recommend! A big hi-5 to Browns Mensland!!

Danijela Hodges wedding-suits-geelong

A huge thank you to Brown's Mensland especially Cameron. He went above and beyond to help suit my husband and 5 groomsmen.
From head to toe including socks, belts, shoes, pants, vests and jackets. The suits were perfect and looked great on the day.
Would highly recommend to anyone and will definitely use them again in the future.
Thanks Cameron!

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Always such a pleasure to shop at Brown's Mensland. Wonderful range of clothing for all shapes and sizes!! To Peter and his Team, Merry Christmas, and we look forward to seeing you in the shop next year.

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Just celebrated my sons confirmation. Came into the store. Service was excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Both my boys looked like red carpet movie stars! Recommend Brown's Mensland to everyone. Go in and ask for 'The Dude'! You won't be disappointed!

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I purchased a new suit last week and the staff and service was excellent.

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I needed something slick for my job interview. So i went and saw the great prople at Browns Mensland. Cameron showed me around and helped me get a few options for that important shirt and tie combo. He took the time to give me different looks and options and let me decide. It was quicker than i thought it would be and i was on my way. Plus i was successful in the interview!!! Thanks Browns Mensland. I'll be back soon.

Stuart Anderson suit-hire

Thanks so much to Cameron for organising our boys' groomsman outfits. With some logistical difficulties involving groomsmen from all over Victoria, Cameron was nothing but patient with us! The extra detail when it came to accessories and preparation for our day was nothing short of impeccable. My husband has found 'his shop' for any future formal needs. You will definitely see us again

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Recently my son was a part of a bridal party and on the day of the wedding the suit that was ordered for him didn't fit. I rang Brown's Mensland on the morning of the wedding and asked if they could assist. With no hesitation they asked us to swing in and they would sort it out. Which they did, they found a suitable suit, fitted him and sent us on our way. The best service I have ever received, they made what started out as a stressful morning, a perfect day! Thank you very much!

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