Fashion Friday, A Guide To Buying The Perfect Suit

The perfect suit can really make a guy feel on top of the world! Whether it’s something  to impress at that business event, for wedding attire, or merely a fashion statement, getting the right look, fit, and style is crucial. Fashion faux pas are so easily made when it comes to buying a suit. Those that are slightly ill-fitting become immediately unflattering. The wrong colour, style, or pattern can leave you looking less suave and more like your on your way to a costume party! If you want to avoid choosing something that does nothing for you, it’s vital that you consider a thing or to before hitting the shops. 

Getting the right fit 

When you’re spending lots of money on a suit, the most important thing is that the suit is correctly fitting. If you get this right, there’s a good chance that it’s going to look amazing. Get the fit wrong, and no matter how beautiful a suit you’ve got- it isn’t going to do you any favours. 

If you're unsure of your size, you’ll need to get yourself measured for a suit. You can do this via a tailor, in some suit stores or you can measure yourself. You’ll need to measure your chest, waist, jacket length, trouser waist and inside leg. When you try on a suit you should pay close attention to every single aspect of the fit: 

Length 

 When checking the length of the suit, you should relax your arms by your sides and hold the jacket hem in your hands, if you can reach the hem with ease then this suit is too long. Generally speaking, modern jackets will sit an inch or so under the cuff. 

Shoulders 

You’ll need to ensure that there is no excess fabric around the shoulders. The fit should be neat and a snug fit against your shoulders. If you have trouble lifting your arms in front of you or above your head, then this means that the suit is too tight. 

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Chest 

When it comes to the fit around the chest, you’ll want to make sure that the jacket is not too loose when buttoned. The jacket should button up with ease. Once you’ve buttoned the jacket, you should be able to place your hand easily inside between the suit and your body. 

 Sleeve length 

 You should place your arms by your sides and check that the cuff sits where your thumb meets your wrist. Ensure that 1-2cm of your shirt cuff is on show. 

 Trousers 

 Look at the trouser break (where your trousers meet your shoe). Ensure that the cuff rests at the top of the shoe and is no longer than this. The cut overall needs to be catered to your measurements without being too baggy or tight. 

Getting the right look

Getting the right look will largely depend on personal taste, yet there are a few general considerations that you can make to ensure a great choice. Consider which occasion that you need the suit, and this may contribute to the decision. Ask yourself if the occasion requires a smart suit, a casual suit, or something in between. It’s a good idea to do some research online beforehand so that you go into the store with a good idea of what you want. For example, are you looking for a common two-button suit with longer lapels? Do you require a three-button suit for a more vintage look? Or perhaps a one-button suit for a cool and sleek look

 If you want something tailored exactly to your style and size, it’s a good move to look for mens custom suits. You can find the ultimate suit catered to your body, image, and event. Keep in mind what suit colours you require when you are shopping. Many go for neutral colours when it comes to a suit while others like to make a statement; this will entirely depend on personal taste. Choosing a bold shade of blue can be an excellent choice for those who want something less generic, without being too outlandish. 

 Style of suit 

 Lastly, when you are suit shopping you’ll want to think about what kind of fit you are looking for. Classic fit suits are the general style for work and special occasions. Many like to go for a slim fitting suit, which is deliberately body hugging and creates a more modern and sharp look. While slim fitting suits are meant to be snug, this is more of a style as opposed to being physically too small! With this in mind, you’ll need to more carefully consider the sizing when opting for a slim fit suit. It’s often a good idea to shop for a suit based on your body type


Post Contribute By Louis Wardle

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