A new suit is an investment and should be carefully considered. Here’s our ultimate suit buying guide.
Get the fit right
Regardless of the price, quality or designer label, an ill-fitting suit will always look bad. Make sure you buy the right size by measuring yourself properly. This means taking the following measurements: neck, shoulders, chest, waist, seat, thigh, nape to waist, sleeve length, inside leg and height. Use these measurements against an online size guide. If you’re planning on trying suits on, then make sure of the following things; that the shoulder pads lie flat, the sleeves don’t reach further than the thumb joint, that the hem of the trousers ‘rests’ lightly on the shoe and that there is a fist’s worth of room between your middle and the jacket.
Choosing a slim suit
Slim-fitted suits are all the rage as demonstrated by style icons such as Shawn Mendes, but it’s important to get it right. Just because the suit is slim does not mean it should be tight or stretched. With these suits it’s ok for the hemline of the trouser to be higher, either displaying socks or bare ankles.
Choices include one, two or three buttons. Three buttons are no longer in vogue whilst one-button suits are very edgy. A two button suit, however, is a classic choice.
A lining is essential if you want a suit that sits well and feels good. Try to find a silk rather than polyester lining which will also help your skin breath. Many men love the look of a bright contrast lining, whilst others prefer something neutral – this comes down entirely to personal preference.
Get the shirt right
There is no point investing in an excellent suit if you are going to wear an inferior shirt beneath. Make sure you buy a shirt made from cotton and not polyester. Ideally, buy a high-quality designer Oxford shirt, but head online to get it for even less. Discounted mens designer shirts such as those found at ejmenswear.com/men/farah are the perfect solution for finishing the look of your new suit.
When it comes to buying a suit it’s really important that you do your research, measure yourself properly and buy suits made from natural materials.