Whether you wear a suit daily to work or only for special occasions, buying the perfect one should be seen as an investment. There are plenty of things to consider which can only add to the confusion, although these handy pointers below will definitely help in your suit-purchasing quest.
You may have seen or heard the words ‘sartorial’ or ‘sartorialist’ being bandied around recently, which generally relates to a more upmarket, sharp and tailored look, particularly for men. Have these words in mind when shopping for your suit, as over-sized and poorly fitting suits don’t cut the mustard these days.
Finding the right shop or department store is key, make sure to do your research before hand online or by word of mouth. If you’ve got the cash to flash, head to Savile Row in Mayfair London, the unrivalled and ultimate place to invest in sartorial elegance, with tailors on hand to make your wildest suit dreams come true.
The most crucial element to a suit is the fit, so make sure you visit a specialist and get measured properly. Once you’ve established why you’re buying a suit and what event it’s for, this should make searching for ‘the one’ much easier too.
When trying on a jacket, make sure the shoulders hug your own and not over-hang at all. Secondly – 1, 2 or 3 buttons? The most modern suit jacket are the two button kind, the three button is also deemed as a classic, whilst the one button jacket equals high-style.
A notch lapel—what you see on most business suits—is the standard. Make a statement in a peak lapel, it’s more old-school and elegant and is enjoying a comeback with the high-fashion crowd.
Stretch your arms in front of you, are you able to move freely and feel comfortable? Does your shirt show quarter of an inch past your jacket sleeves? If it does, you’re on to a winner.
Step away from the pleated trouser, no matter how ‘vintage’ these may appear, they can add un-necessary bulk and ruin the ‘lines’ of a good suit.
Suit trousers should sit at the top of your hip bones, just below your navel. The ‘break’ on a trouser leg is the amount of material which moves at the bottom of the trouser leg. Aim to go for no break (no loose material and a smooth line) or a slight natural wave around the ankle, known as a quarter or half break.
A suit lining can add extra oomph to your look. A bright contrasting colour or jewel toned lining will add a touch of personaility and edge to a suit. Accessories count – matching colour of belt, shoes and socks are a must, and always consider purchasing a slim leather wallet or appropriate shoulder bag/brief case, because a shabby rucksack will instantly ruin a magnificent, sartorially elegant outfit before you’ve even spoken a word.