Buying a suit is an investment not only in your wardrobe, but also in your future. Whether you are buying a suit for work, an interview or a special occasion, you will wear many times. Therefore, it is important to purchase it like all investments and take your time when shopping. A suit is more complicated to fit than a shirt or a pair of pants, and it has to be tailored to fit properly. These tips will help you find the suit that is meant for you, and work with the salesperson and tailor for the perfect fit.
Buying a suit from the right shop will make the process enjoyable and smooth. Find a men's shop that carries suits as their main product and is staffed with knowledgeable, experienced sales staff. An experienced salesperson will know their inventory, what is cut for your body type, in your price range and in style. They will be an invaluable asset to your shopping experience.
2. Avoid bargains
Suits are not the type of purchase to buy strictly on price. Shopping for bargains will generally net you cheaply made garments, a stained or sadly out-of-style suit. If you buy suits regularly, and your suit shop has a sale, then you can rely on the expertise of your salesperson. However, bargain hunting for a suit is a bad practice and generally you get what you paid for.
Since it is an investment, it is a best practice to choose a suit that is versatile. A subtle pattern and color in a fabric that can be worn all year will give you the most wear. Charcoal gray and navy blue are neutral colors for any occasion. Black is generally worn for more formal occasions. If you have several suits in your wardrobe, you can buy one or more with a bit of fashion flair. High-fashion suits will have unusual detailing on the collar and cuffs or be made with more textured fabrics, bold stripes or unusual colors.
4. Proper fit
Fitting a suit is quite different than buying a pair of jeans. A suit needs to fit in the chest, shoulders, waist, length and along the arms. It helps if you know your size, however if you don't, a clothing expert can measure you and give you your measurements. All suits need some tailoring to fit properly, but the jacket needs to fit across the chest and arms before tailoring. Tailors can hem pants and take in a bit at the waist, but shouldn't have to redesign the entire suit.
Suit pants should fit comfortably across the waist and hips and hemmed to the correct length. Pants should touch your shoe in the front but be hemmed to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from the bottom of your shoe heel. It is important to wear your dress shoes when fitting your suit pants. Flat-front slacks with a hem are the current style.
Number of buttons on a suit is a personal preference. Check the latest styles for what is currently popular. Two buttons is standard; one button is more typical for a tuxedo. Three buttons come and go from the current styles.
Jacket vents are another style preference, but their practical purpose is to make a suit feel comfortable standing and sitting. The jacket needs at least one vent to fit comfortably, however the current fashion is jackets with two side vents.
8. Try it on
Do not buy a suit without trying it on. There are too many ways it can be problematic. If a salesperson is trying to sell you a suit without a dressing room, then there is surely something wrong with it. After tailoring, try it on again to make sure that everything is perfect. No one wants to wear an uncomfortable or ill-fitting suit.