In this blog post, we will talk about how to pick the perfect suit, as well as some tips and tricks to help you find the perfect fit.
Where do you go? What material is best for you? What size do you need? Which pattern, color and cut look best? How much should you spend? These are all questions you may ask yourself.
Choosing the suit
When choosing the suit. The first consideration is simple: Why? What’s the purpose of this new suit? What are you trying to show people? Are you a one-suit kind of guy, who wants one nice suit that will appropriate for everything from weddings to funerals? Or do you need one for work, to look professional? Perhaps you already own a few suits and want to change it up, give your wardrobe a bit of variety? If you’ve got a party or special occasion coming up, maybe something eye-catching and vibrant is what you’re after? Determining its purpose is the first step toward deciding what kind of suit you need.
Where are you going with it?
You also need to think about where will you wear this suit? This is going to determine the fabric. Perhaps you live in a warmer, more humid climate? If you’re going to be moving around a lot, or if you’re just a warm person in general, look for cooler, more breathable fabrics like linen, cotton and seersucker. You may live in a colder environment and want a heavier fabric that will keep your body heat within the suit. This doesn’t mean to say you can’t wear a lightweight fabric with an overcoat on.
If this is your only suit, select a fabric that fits both light and heavy fabrics. Something that is not heavy enough to make you ditch the jacket in the heat but also something that will keep you from catching a cold in the winter!
Please note that when you go to a tailor they will help you decide on what fabric is best for you and your needs. At the end of the day a real tailor cares for their client, each sale is a personal sale and a reflection of the work that the tailor puts in. They want to see you happy and comfortable as the number 1 sale tactic in this industry is word of mouth. That is why some tailor shops don’t have a website but have been trading for hundreds of years. Choosing a suit may seem daunting from a distance, but when you start, it feels like a pleasant task.
How a suit should fit
Your suit jacket should sit flat on your back. It should not pull. Shirt sleeves should stick out but no more than half an inch. The jacket’s shoulders should fit flush with your shoulders; if they are too tight or stick out, the jacket will pinch and pull. You should be able to move comfortably in your jacket, and your arms should have a wide range of motion. When wearing a correctly tailored suit it should feel very comfortable and whatever the occasion you should be feeling relaxed. While a baggy suit is bad, a suit that fits too tightly will also create an uneven look. Following these simple steps will help you on how to pick the perfect suit.
How the pants should look
To ensure your trousers don’t sit too high or too low – somewhere in the middle is best. You can either have them made slim fit or just a standard fit. You need to make sure that you are 100% happy with the pant size when being measured as the last thing you want to do is go to sit down and rip a big old hole in the pants! You can avoid a mishap by getting a correctly fitted suit.
It is important to properly pay attention to any ideas the tailor makes as they work with every variety of body type.
Tall or small?
For tall men, the key is to find a suit that shows off your height without making you look too long! Trend-led styles such as cropped trousers or tight-fitting jackets should be avoided as they’ll draw too much attention to your height, and jackets that are too baggy around the shoulders will also not work as they tend to drown your torso.
A two-button, tailored suit is the perfect choice for the taller man. The slim, higher lapels will add width to your shoulders, and the tailored cut of the trousers will taper slightly down the leg without being too skinny, just clipping the top of your shoe.
For shorter people
For shorter men, it’s important to avoid suits that are too long in the arms or legs, or that are overly baggy, as they’re likely to drown you and make you look smaller than you really are. Aim for a sleeve length no longer than the base of your thumb knuckle to be safe. This will ensure that the suit fits your body correctly.
Those on the large or stocky side should also steer clear of double-breasted and heavily-patterned suits, as they’ll make you look much wider and broader than you naturally are. It’s also common for many larger men to choose baggy suits in order to hide their chest or stomach, however most of the time this has the opposite effect, and it can make you look a lot different to how you actually look under the suit!
While baggy looks bad, too tight a suit can also create uneven looks.
The list is endless
There are so many options and opinions when it comes to a great suit. Buttons, what watch to wear, what shoes to wear. Even what socks to wear! You can make this suit to however you like and as the famous saying goes “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” so build something formal or build something wacky. As long as you love the end product and feel at your best wearing this suit then that’s a job well done for the tailor.
If you’re looking for the perfect suit, it can be a daunting task. There are so many different styles, fabrics, and fits to choose from! But don’t worry – we’re here to help! Our team of experts are trained in what makes a good fit on both men and women. We also offer complimentary consultations. Commit to finding your new suit today by contacting us today via email – [email protected]