So You Want to Buy a Suit…

By November 13, 2014Uncategorized

“Now where do I start?”

You’ve probably asked the same question, especially if you’re the type of guy who doesn’t necessarily fuss about fashion like others do. You might be a t-shirt-and-jeans kind of guy and that’s cool, but it might be a good idea to prepare yourself for something a little, well, more. Sooner or later you’ll have to grow out of that usual style that you’ve had since college. You already have the basics down, now let’s add a little more flair to your wardrobe. Put your shirts and jeans aside for now and suit up for a change.

So how do you go about with this whole suiting process?

Let me break it down for you, step-by-step, through my simple guide in choosing your suit style:

1. Know Your Body

What are your assets? What are your flaws? You want to highlight and hide these in choosing the style that you want. I had a client who had a particular problem area he wanted me to hide: his thighs. He wasn’t tall but he wasn’t short. He had broad shoulders and a wide chest. I wanted to highlight his upper body by selecting a classic yet slimming color and style – a midnight blue, singled breasted two- button suit. I tapered his pants gently from a little below the thigh down to his ankles, slimming the pants but allowing enough room in the thigh area so it wouldn’t look too tight when he sits down.

When you know your body well, it’s easier to find what style will look best on you. It also helps your suit maker suggest possible designs that work well with your body.

2. Find Inspiration

Search for suit styles that you think you can wear. Check out celebrities and the style of suits they wear and find what you feel shows your personal style and taste. What do you like about them and why? Some of my clients who are not so sure about what they want come to me with different pegs and I like how they’re prepared and know what they want. It helps me determine what works and what works in making them comfortable in what they are wearing.

3. Find Your Tailor

You need someone you can collaborate with in making your suit. Check the tailor or designer’s portfolio. Do any of the suits he’s made tickle your fancy? Is he conservative or adventurous? Match your personality with him. If he shares the same taste and understands your needs then you’ve hit the jackpot.

4. Choose Your Fabric

For your first suit, I’d recommend wool or a wool-blend material. This type of fabric is wearable throughout any season. Other materials such as cotton or linen are often used for warmer days and less-formal occasions.

5. Pick A Color According to Your Needs

Start with black or a dark blue – black should come first through. Most formal events call for suits in this color. Once you have the “classics” in tow, go for grey or khaki next.

6. Match Your Style With Your Body

Since you’ve already identified your body type, along with its assets and flaws, you can now select your suit style. A classic style is the single- breasted two-button suit. Taller men can opt for a three-button suit. Crosscheck your body type with the style that you like. Consult with your tailor or designer on which style will suit your body best. Some body types aren’t clear cut, not just tall or short or round. Some body types are combination of tall but round or short and lean so it’s important to identify these to find what works for you.

7. Analyze the Fit and Form

After having your suit made, check to see if it fits your body the way you want it to. Check the length of your suit jacket and pants. Is everything where it should be? Your suit should allow movement so try moving around, walking and see how it feels sitting down. During your first fitting, you should be able to determine what your suit feels like. It’s the time to speak up if there is anything you would like to be adjusted. Keep in mind that it won’t always be perfect during the first fitting especially if you are a new client.

8. Wear It with Confidence

If your suit feels right, it should make you feel good. Nothing looks better than a man wearing a suit with confidence.

Once you’ve gone through all these easy steps, you’ll be well on your way to building your own collection. Trust me, if women can never have enough bags and shoes, it’s never wrong to have more than just one suit! Here’s to your first suit and a your first step towards redefining your wardrobe!


Author MLCK

A freelance fashion and wardrobe stylist, menswear brand owner/designer and a style instructor/coach. Her personal choice of wardrobe pieces are mostly inspired by looks that are "borrowed from a man". Married to a handsome gentleman.

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