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No shame in cheap suits

  • Published at 06:34 pm October 3rd, 2017
No shame in cheap suits
The truth is, no matter where you are in the world, quality suits are not cheap. Sometimes, you have to invest in one for a special occasion, but what about the office? You probably show up to work five to six days a week and might be fussing about how you have to change your look up to stay fresh. This is clearly for those of you who don’t necessarily have to work with a uniform on. These tricks are also for those who want to save a few bucks for the coming season. And more importantly, here are ways to make your not-so-expensive suits look like they’ve walked out of a Zegna store. Don’t worry about if the items mentioned are on sale or not. Just as long as they meet the criteria, you’re good to go.

Cut from the same cloth

We all know, in order to get the perfect suit, the fabric has to be of the highest quality before your tailors start your new bespoke suit. While a reputable tailor is vital for a bespoke suit, you can actually compromise a little on the fabric. You can actually bring your own fabric of the appropriate length to a place like Zurhem and they will take care of the rest. The latter is something you can compromise with, but you really shouldn’t. You’ll be able to pull off a more affordable choice of fabric, but the quality in tailoring will either make you or break you.

Arms race

Whether you are creating a full canvas bespoke suit or taking a decent one off the racks, the sleeves on your suit jacket are one of the more important elements to looking better. You want the tailor to keep the sleeves narrow, tapered sleeve that hugs your arms, rather than hanging off them. This is what we call “take in the sleeves.” You have to make sure the sleeve doesn’t squeeze your arm because you still want to be able to function; keep a good amount of range in motion.

Every button counts

If you do opt out of a full canvas suit, the buttons that are already placed with the suit actually need to be replaced, with better ones. Generally, cheaper suits will come with flimsy and shiny plastic buttons that can easily be damaged or lost. As you can tell, every little detail matters. What you should be aiming for are buttons with genuine horn. Let your tailor know you’d like every button replaced by better horn buttons. Readymade suits usually have polished buttons whereas in British tailoring prefer to have matte ones. In any case, don’t skimp out on the buttons.

Cuffing is a good thing

In most cases, off the rack suits will not have cuffed trousers. You should always make sure that your trousers are slim or tapered, but they usually don’t have breaks at the hem. You can ask your tailor to add a 1.5-inch cuff to each leg, which is a detail you won’t find on lower budget suits. This little addition will immediately make your suit trousers look more expensive than the usual.

Subtle styling

Making this slightly easier, try styling your suit in a monochromatic way. Some of the easiest modern moves in suiting will assist in your looking like a million bucks. Limiting the palette when choosing your shirt, tie and shoes will make things look immediately richer. In other words, there shouldn’t be any bold colours or patterns just yet. Switch up colours in the subtlest way. If you want to start on a solid note, try putting a little flair on your choice of pocket square or a contrasting bag you might carry to the office.

Best investment yet

The last item that you’ll have to spill a little more cash on than usual are the shoes. Here is a category we advise you to not cheap out on. Dress shoes are important to any style of suit. Find yourself a quality pair of dress shoes that you’ll be able to wear over and over again. This is a true investment for your everyday work wear. With the simplest, lace-up design, you’ll be able to wear those shoes with a variety of suits. Don’t forget you want to always lean towards versatility. And just to be on the safer side, try getting the same pairs in both black and brown.