I am going to tell you a little secret. Most guys don’t know the first thing when it comes to choosing a suit.
Do you know how to choose a suit?
If not, read on and let’s get suited up!
Purchasing the correct suit can be quite a confidence-enhancing experience, but it also can be confusing and anxiety-inducing. It is very important when choosing a suit because the wrong choice can lead to it looking as if the suit is wearing you.
Are you ready? Let’s suit up!
Read on for the golden rules when purchasing a suit.
1 – Where to purchase
Nowadays there are 2 choices of where to purchase, online & in-store. Leave the online suit shopping for those that are more knowledgeable with choosing a suit.
However, If you prefer the old fashioned method of going into a store where a sales consultant will be able to find something that would flatter the shape of your body, do that. It is the better option.
2 – Budget
There are 3 types of suiting which you need to know about, and these all vary in pricing. Be aware of this, if you have a budget set. The 3 types are Custom, Bespoke and Off the rack
The difference between Custom and Bespoke suiting is with the fittings. With custom suits, one fitting is required for measurements, and then a pattern made, and suit sewn. Whereas with bespoke, the suit has multiple fittings, to decide on a design, and made adjustments to the fit.
Off the rack suiting, also known as pret-a-porter (ready to wear) is what you pick up off the shelves when you are confident enough that you will pick the right suit.
For custom and bespoke, be prepared to pay more, depending on the fabric, the designer used. Whereas off the rack would be better if you have a budget. You could get help from a sales consultant or shop assistant to find the right budget suit to suit your body type.
Always remember, that with price comes quality. If you choose quality over price, you might have a suit that would last you for a few years to come.
If you need to suit up and still keep within your budget, contact one of our stylists and have us find you the perfect suit that fits your body shape and suits your budget.
3 – Fabric
There are a number of different types of fabrics that suits are made from. Some are more popular than others. These include Wool, Linen, Tweed, Cashmere, Herringbone, Windowpane, Twill, Pinstripe.
The more luxurious the fabric is, the pricier it would be. This you need to feel, and if it feels smooth against your skin, it is definitely a keeper. A lot of the more luxurious and quality fabrics are not as smooth or soft. A great tip would be to always choose a suit with a soft lining such as acetate.
4 – Color
The color is very important when choosing a suit. This is also dependent on the occasion. Black is great and popular, but you don’t want to have people thinking “welcome to my funeral”. Reserve these for black tie events.
Great everyday wear colors would be Navy, Charcoal & Grey. Psychologically, the color Navy provides you with a sense and feeling of authority. Try and avoid noticeable or large patterns for everyday wear. Keep these for special occasions. Light blue and royal blue are seen as casual and are limited to special occasions.
5 – Fit
Fit is King! This is the best advice you can receive for a suit. Do not buy a suit that does not fit you well. Custom suits would be best, as it would provide the best fit for your body shape.
Check your shoulders firstly to see if they are the right fit. They should not be too tight or too loose. The length of the blazer needs to be just right. To check of the length of the blazer is right, put your arms down straight. Your knuckles should be at the same length of the blazer. When it comes to your sleeves, the shirt color should be shown slightly, not too much.
6 – Timeless
Choose a style that fits you well, and that is timeless. Timeless would be something that you are able to wear 6 months from now and then 6 years from then for a number of different occasions. This can be done by swapping and switching shirt colors and accessories to give you multiple different put together looks. If you not the type of guy to wear suits every day for work, here are some tips for building a capsule wardrobe.
There are 3 different types of lapels. Notch, Peak and Shawl lapels. Notch lapels are considered more casual, with the peak being between formal and casual, and shawl being the most formal from these looks.
The color of your shirt can depend on the occasion and colors you usually prefer to wear. White is the most common and the most formal. You can wear this with any color suit, and it creates the highest contrast. Accessorize according to your personal style preferences. Cuff links are not recommended for first-time suit users. Browse through our accessories at Styld Studio.
If you are still unsure what lapel, suit color or accessories would suit you best for any occasion or everyday wear.