Buying a suit can be a time consuming task, especially if you are not familiar with the world of men’s fashion. However, with the right guidance, buying a suit can be an enjoyable experience that results in a well-fitting and stylish outfit for any occasion. In this article, we will provide you with some tips on how to buy a suit.
Know Your Measurements
Going to the suit store and asking for a Size M jacket won’t get you far. The first step in buying a suit is to know your measurements. This includes your chest size, waist size, and inseam. You can measure yourself or have a tailor measure you to ensure precision. Knowing your measurements will help you find a suit that fits you well and flatters your body type.
If you want to skip the measurement, I recommend you visit a store with a wide range of sizes. Try a few on and pick the best fitting one according to your measurements – the exact numbers will be found inside the jacket. You’ll probably still need to make some alterations, but you will be closer to your measurements.
Determine Your Budget
Suits come in a wide range of prices, so it is important to determine your budget before you start shopping. A quality suit can be quite an investment, but there are also affordable options that can still look great. Decide how much you are willing to spend before you begin your search.
If you’re a young guy just starting your career, you may want to consider a suit in the price range of 300-600 euros. However, if you hold the position of Vice President in a reputable company and want to make a strong impression on your colleagues or clients, I suggest investing in a custom-made suit. The cost of such a suit will depend entirely on the tailor you choose.
Choose the Right Fabric
Suits come in a variety of fabrics, including wool, cotton, linen, and polyester. Wool is a popular choice for its durability and versatility, while cotton and linen are lighter options that are ideal for warmer weather.
Polyester is a budget-friendly option that is also easy to care for. However, I am deeply against having a polyester suit, as it can look cheap on you and will do more bad than good for you.
Consider the occasion and season when selecting the fabric for your suit. If you are not sure which fabric to choose, I’ve written an article on the topic: The Best Suit Fabrics for Men: Complete Guide
Pick a Style That Suits You
There are several styles of suits to choose from, including single-breasted, double-breasted, and three-piece suits. Single-breasted suits are the most common and versatile, while double-breasted suits are more formal and have a classic look. Three-piece suits include a vest and are ideal for formal occasions.
There are also three well known styles including the American cut, the Italian cut and the British cut. Stay tuned because we are planning a separate article on the topic, until then, check out this infographic to find the right cut for you.
Consider the Fit
The fit of a suit is perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when buying a suit. A well-fitting suit should be comfortable, but also fit snugly to your body without being too tight or too loose.
Pay attention to the length of the jacket sleeves and pants, and the waist and chest measurements.
If necessary, take the suit to a tailor for alterations. It’s rare to see off the rack suits to look perfect on you but it can happen. However I recommend contacting a few local tailors that can make alterations on your suit if needed.
Think About Color and Pattern
Suits come in a range of colors and patterns, from classic black and navy to bolder shades like burgundy and green. Consider the occasion and your personal style when selecting the color and pattern of your suit. A solid color suit is versatile and can be worn for many occasions, while a patterned suit can be a bold statement piece.
Think about the environment you plan to wear your suit in, is it the office, is it a summer wedding or a casual everyday suit? We’ve also made a few articles helping to choose the right suit for the right environment.
Complete your suit look with the right accessories. A tie and pocket square can add a pop of color and personality to your outfit.
Dress shoes and a belt should complement the color of your suit. For the final details, consider a formal watch and cufflinks for a touch of sophistication.
In conclusion, buying a suit doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By knowing your measurements, determining your budget, selecting the right fabric and style, considering the fit, and accessorizing appropriately, you can find a suit that looks great and fits well.
Remember, if you want to dress like a modern gentleman, a well-fitting suit can make all the difference in your appearance and confidence for any occasion.
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