For some, buying a new suit is like going to the dentist- a necessary task that is accompanied by significant amounts of groaning and foot-shuffling but ultimately results in a strut and a smirk because you know you look good. Suiting is a fine art and wearing a well-tailored suit streamlines your entire aesthetic and elevates your style credibility. But, the process of buying a suit does not have to be painful, so long as you know the tips and tricks of selecting and buying the right suit.
Define the Occasion:
Determine when and where you’ll be wearing the suit. Is it one that will be pulled out a few times each year for special occasions? Or is it one that will visit the office a few days a week? A job interview, a wedding, a fancy restaurant – these are some of the places where you belong in a suit. Go into a store with a clear plan of how frequently you are going to wear the suit, and where it is going to take you.
Determine the Fabrication:
Choose your fabric based on your occasion. If it is more casual, choose cotton, linen or wool/linen blends, and everyday suiting calls for wool.
Pick Your Colour:
The shade of your suit is purely preferential. Take note that colours take on different tones in varying light, so a blue or charcoal suit purchased for the office will transform in the night. If you dare to be more adventurous, opt for a suit in an unconventional colour, such as cream or burgundy, or with texture.
Get The Right Fit:
The perfect jacket follows the contours of your shoulders, chest and waist. Once you’ve found your brand and fit, take your suit to your local tailor to ensure it fits to perfection.
Here’s what you need to know about finding the right fit of a suit:
The collar should comfortably rest on top of your shirt collar with a hint of your shirt peering above.
The seam should sit on the corner of where your shoulders end and your arms begin. There will be no pulling across the back, and it will fall straight from the shoulder blades.
There should no pulling across the chest when buttoned, or unbuttoned, and the fabric will smoothly run over the armpit.
The sleeve of the jacket should finish at the wrist bone. It can easily be adjusted if the sleeve is too long and lengthened if too short.
Slim or pleated, make sure the pant fits across the waist with room to breathe, and that the seat and thighs are tailored close to the body. For a roomier fit, choose a pleat. Nowadays, pant length hints at what style of gentleman you are. Cuffed reveals trend awareness, cropped relates to creative or quirky personalities, and full length that ends at the top of the shoe speaks to a classic persona.