A well-fitted, stylish suit exudes class, confidence, sophistication and all of those other fabulous qualities that you need to help you feel comfortable and stylish. Be it for the office, a wedding or any other smart occasion, read below for some tips for choosing a good quality, well-fitted suit.
In an ideal world, you would get each and every suit that you buy tailor-made for you to ensure that it fits you perfectly. However, most people's budgets cannot stretch to this and luckily, there are some fantastic suits available off the rack. For help getting the right suit, take a look at the Online Personal Shopper service.
Buying a Suit: A Shopper's Guide
There are a few things that you should look out for when purchasing a suit:
1. Choosing the Fabric
Wool and Cotton are the most popular fabrics when it comes to suits because both materials are breathable and absorbent.
Linen suits can look great on a summer's day but remember that they are very difficult to keep looking that way. Linen creases very easily so a linen suit is not really appropriate for everyday use.
In terms of colour, you need to think about the colours that you will get most mileage out of first. Once you have these staples in your wardrobe, you can then add more variety to your suit collection and try different colours.
You may be surprised that I have not listed black. Black suits do have their purpose but are often quite heavy and harsh. The majority of people cannot wear black well so a softer shade like navy or charcoal will suit most skin tones more.
3. The Jacket - Single or Double-Breasted
1 vertical row of buttons
2 vertical rows of buttons
A single breasted jacket looks classic and simple and is the more versatile and fashionable of the two styles, but many men prefer the air of elegance and refinement that a double-breasted suit projects. I think it is best to let your body shape decide.
4. Number of Buttons
Most double-breasted suits are 3 button, occasionally 4 button. Most single-breasted are 2, occasionally 3, and sometimes just 1 button. Unless you have several suits and can afford to play around with this, I think it is best to stick with the classics: Go 3 button for double-breasted and 2 button for single.
5. Single, Double or No Vents
Vents are the vertical slits in the back of the jacket. Vent-less jackets are the cleanest and dressiest in appearance, but not terribly convenient as you will need to bundle the jacket up to access the pockets.The single, centred vent offers more in the way of manoeuvrability, but your jacket will still hike up and look a little awkward whenever you reach for your pockets.
However, the single, centred vent is probably the best option considering practicality and budget because as a rule of thumb, the fewer vents there are, the less expensive the suit. Double breasted suit jacket.
Double vents (also known as side vents) are the most practical, especially graceful and stylish, and unfortunately, are the most expensive to make.
As mentioned earlier in this post, let your body shape decide:
6. Cuffs or no cuffs?
Cuffs add weight to a bottom of the trouser, helping it to hang properly. They are great if you are tall, but the horizontal line that they create, visually shortens the leg so look for cuff-less styles if you are short.
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