Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran in the game, there is no better time to sport your best suits than now. But for those treading carefully or unaware of proper suiting, it may seem like an insurmountable task. For some, it’s a foreign concept. For others, wearing a bespoke or tailored suit is your superhero costume.
It should be noted, given your profession, the number of suits in your closet doesn’t necessarily make you any less stylish. However, it is always a good thing to keep a certain amount, given the many occasions you may need it for. As a rookie in the game, the entire idea of going for measurements seems overwhelming. Heck, you might have only worn one suit your entire life. Graduation, someone’s wedding, your wedding, etc. So how exactly do you practice the good habit of wearing suits? We got you covered with these simple questions and answers.
Suits. What is it good for? Absolutely everything.
The most obvious question to the entire guide is what exactly are you going to be using the suit for? As mentioned before, what you do for a living will result in the amount of suits you have in your wardrobe. But when you are going in to create a new, full-canvas suit, you should know what you will need it for.
The place to start is at the colour of your suit. Stick to the basics. If it’s for work, neutrals should be the obvious choice. Navy, grey, black, in that order. Office-wear also means you don’t need to splurge on the fabric of your suits. These are your everyday suits, so make sure the quality will last for quite some time without making it difficult to keep up with the integrity of the suit’s original shape.
For semi-formal to formal occasions, you’ll have to invest a little more to make your suit look exceptional. And keep in mind, keeping things neutral also provides versatility. You’ll have an easier time combining your suits with countless shirts and tie combos.
Cut it out
Once the colours and fabrics are checked off, you need to choose the type of suit you want. This is more about the silhouette. You’ve got the single breasted suit and the double-breasted. The obvious and easy-to-wear versatile suit will be of the single breasted type. No matter if your suit is a three-piece (with a waistcoat/vest) or a two-piece, there is a time and place for the double-breasted jacket.
It is true that the modern cut of a double-breasted suit is slimmer and presents a more flattering silhouette, but its style may suggest the limitations you won’t have with a single-breasted jacket. The former is all about making a statement, almost a power-move when walking into a conference room.
All in the details
A suit is all about the details. There are hidden ones and there are crystal clear details that are no less important than the next. We suggest you be extra OCD when it comes to the details of your bespoke suit. Your tailor can provide plenty of alterations and suggestions, but ultimately, what looks perfect on you is what matters most. Create a dialogue between you and the tailor; achieve a mutual understanding of the entire procedure.
Two buttons or three, notch or peak lapels, add a ticket pocket or keep the traditional two, all of this and more will come into play. In addition, while the modern standard is having the double vents style at the back of your suit jacket, a single vent still remains a safe and classic choice as well.
Fit is everything. Tired of hearing or reading that? Fantastic, you’ll hear or read that countless times because we cannot emphasise enough on how important fit is, especially when it comes to suits. Make sure you have the following checked off after you’ve got the initial stages of measurements and suiting done.
See how well the suit jacket falls on your shoulders. You want the shoulders of the jacket, like the entire suit, to hug your body. We’re talking about absolute precision when it comes to your shoulder’s fitting.
Your chest is the second in line. With your suit jacket buttoned, the lapels should lie flat on your chest. If they slightly bow out, then it is too tight. Get that fixed, ASAP.
The round up to your torso is the next important step. While your jacket is buttoned, sliding your thumb in between the button and your gut should be a snug fit. If it’s loose, you’ll have to fix that too.
Plain and simple, your jacket’s sleeves should literally hug your arms. The tailoring should follow your arm’s natural lines, and the sleeves should stop right at your wrists.
Finally, your suit trousers or pants should be fastened at your natural waist. What you will find, nowadays, is taking a step further by foregoing the addition of belt loops on your pants. Your bespoke suits, depending on how well it is made, will fit like a glove, taking away the option of wearing a belt. If you do decide to wear a belt, most likely, it will purely be used as a luxurious accessory. And last but not least, your pant hems should fall just above you