It is of little importance how much money you spend on your suit or if it is made of the finest materials. If it doesn’t fit you, it won’t look good. Let me repeat that: If it doesn’t fit you, it won’t look good. This is simply the fact of the matter. As it is with most clothing, fit is key, and when it comes to tailoring a suit, fit will quite simply make or break the suit. GEtting a suit tailored can seem like a daunting task what with the almost endless number of option and styles to choose from. Where do you start? Here are 5 tips which should get you moving in the right direction.
1. UNDERSTAND YOUR BUDGET
Knowing what your budget is, is your first and most important step as it will effect what kind of suit you can purchase. Do some research and figure out what various brands are charging for their suits and then figure out how much you are willing to spend. Don’t get too swept up on brand names though. At the end of the day, what matters is how you look in the suit and not what name is written on the tag inside the blazer. Rather, understand what kind of suit you’re after and adjust accordingly.
2. SIMPLE IS ALWAYS BEST
If you’re purchasing your first tailored suit stick to classic colours like navy blue or grey. Both colours are sharp yet simple and will allow you to look great for any number of occasions. The versatility of both colours means that you will be able to wear them as separates too.
3. KEEP IT TRIM
Whenever and wherever possible, aim for a slim fit. That being said though, the suit should not be restrictive in anyway. You’re won’t be looking to take part in a wrestling match in your suit, but you certainly want to feel comfortable breaking it down on the d-floor at your office christmas party. Focus on clean lines that flatter your body shape and allow you a free range of motion. If you aren’t comfortable in your suit, you won’t be confident in it, which is numero uno to pulling of fashion and style.
4. CHOICE OF FABRIC
There are a few variables which come into play when talking fabrics such as is it a winter or summer suit? The most versatile fabric is a lightweight worsted wool, which can be worn all-year round. If you’re looking to purchase a winter suit then thicker, more insulating wools, tweed or even flannels would be your fabric of choice. For summer, breathable fabric like cotton, silk-blends or linen are your best friends as they will keep you cool under the sun.
5. BUTTON UP
The classic look for a suit jacket is two-buttoned, which you can never go wrong with. Three-buttoned jackets are somewhat outdated at the moment, whilst one-buttoned example tend to be received for more formal evening events. That being said, I kind of dig a single-buttoned jacket.
There you have five tips which will get you thinking about the type and style of tailored suit you should be looking to purchase. Fear not, this is but one part of a two part series on purchasing the best tailored suit, so look out for part two, coming soon. Until then.
You stay classy,