Gentlemen, a suit is one of the most coveted pieces in every man’s wardrobe. Don’t believe that? Custom clothier H.M. Cole once said,
A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men.
Considering the importance of a men’s suit, additional attention should be given while making the purchase decision. Suit is an expensive item and can be used for years to come. It is thus best to keep it more stylish than fashionable.
The best step forward is to get one custom made unless off-the-rack interests you more. In either case below are the 7 things to consider,
1. Suit Fit
First and the most important thing to note (especially if you are buying off-the-rack) – if the shoulders don’t fit, the suit jacket cannot be altered to fit you. Slim silhouette is in and if you are in shape, nothing like it. At the same time, if you are going for a tailored suit don’t get all excited leaning towards a skinny fit. A skinny suit, especially sharp fitting trousers doesn’t exude a formal look and may not fit in a couple of years.
2. Single vs Double breasted
Single breasted suit jackets are more classic and widely available. Double breasted provides a more formal look.
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3. Number of Buttons
Two buttons at the front are most common and versatile. Three and four buttons befit taller men the best. Keep one button restricted to casual wear and tuxedos.
Peak lapels are almost always found on double breasted suit jackets. Single breasted accepts all the four with notch lapel being the most common.
Flap pockets are almost out of sight especially because flaps can be placed inside to turn them into besoms which is the most common style. Patch pockets are suitable for sports jacket but not a formal suit.
6. Sleeve Buttons
Although they are rarely functional, all suit jackets will have sleeve buttons. The most common styling is three buttons with four being more formal of the two. The buttons should be closely stitched together unlike what the image suggests.
Suit jackets may or may not come with a vent. Ventless is the most fitted of the three but is also the least formal. Double vents are most formal while single vent is most common.
Now it’s your turn. What do you think, did I miss any points here? What would you add to this list?
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