A good suite is a crucial investment for any men’s wardrobe because it makes you look good and professional. Suits make you look taller, effectively disguising a few pounds, and it can make you look smarter and increase your confidence. However, shopping for a suit is a hard task because of all the extra variables associated with the whole process.
For those reasons, we are going to tell you how to choose the best suit for you.
How to Measure Yourself
Everyone knows that the best suits are those who are tailor made. In the case of this is the first time buying a tailor-made suit, you can measure yourself at home if you lack time to head out to a store or tailor. Be careful as measuring yourself can be a hard job and you will most likely need help in hand.
The areas that you will need to measure are:
- Chest: Make sure to measure horizontally around the chest, under the armpits, and over the back shoulder blades
- Waist: Make sure to measure around the waist and roughly at the level of the navel
- Jacket Length: Make sure to measure from the bottom of the collar, straight down the back, and the jacket should be long enough to completely cover your bum
- Trouser Waist: Next on our men’s suit guide is to measure the trouser waist by measuring horizontally around the waist, and just inside where you want the trouser waist to be
- Inside Leg: Make sure to measure from the lowers point of the crotch of your trousers, and all the way down to where you wish the bottom of the trouser to be
The Types of Suits
From all the materials, colors, firs and styles available, it’s very common to feel overwhelmed when buying a new suite. Usually, the best place to start is by measuring your fit. This is all down to personal preference, but the types available for you are:
- Skinny: The closest fitting suit that is very tight at the body and sleeves, in a very tapered shape through the leg
- Slim: A slim suit will create a slimmer silhouette, with a trimmed waistline and slim appearance from knee to hem
- Tailored: The tailored suit offers a slightly more generous fit than the slim. This fit offers a modern look for everyday wear
- Classic: An easy, everyday look for all-purpose wearability, that offers a more relaxed fit with comfort as a key point of difference
The Details of the Suit
Namely, there are a couple of options when it comes to suits and number of buttons.
Single Button Suit: A single button suit is one of the most popular types of suits, and is perfect for a slimmer or skinnier fit style.
Two-button Suit: These suits are the most popular suits that flatter the majority though the variety of shapes and size.
Three Button Suit: Less common type of suit but offers a very classy look, none the less.
Double Breasted Jackets: These suits feature either, six, four, or two buttons, offering you versatile styling options. These suits have seen a great surge in popularity in recent years.
Other details to consider are:
Vents: While most suits feature a single vent, double vents are more traditional and something that you will find in a tailored suit. Single vents are more common to skinny and slimmer suits.
Fabric: Fabric plays an important role when choosing your suit, and ranges from wool blends, which is recommended for business suits, 100% wool for casual suits, and poly-viscose for a more trendy look.