So one piece that every man need’s in his wardrobe is one really nice suit. You usually see men in their suits during special occasions. Whether it be for a business meeting, a cocktail party, wedding, funeral, or even a job interview, looking good is a must!
For men who are new to wearing suits, you may first want to play it safe, and go for something more neutral and conservative. These colors include gray, black, navy blue, and brown. There is nothing wrong with having just one suit, just make sure that it looks nice. And by that I don’t mean it has to be a $6000 designer special but just one that looks good on you.
Now that you picked out your suit it’s time to see if it fits! And by fit I don’t mean that you got most of yourself in it. Do not wear a suit that doesn’t fit you properly. No grown man should every, EVERY wear highwaters or frankenstein sleeves. A suit should never be too big, or too small. It does not matter if it appears to be the latest trend at the time, a suit should be as close to a perfect fit as possible. If you aren’t tall enough to wear a regular type suit, don’t buy a regular — buy the short instead. If you gained weight for your suit to fit properly, you have to buy a new one. Your suit should fit well and give you a full range of motion, both buttoned and unbuttoned. With this being said you should have your suit professionally tailored to fit YOU. I know you bought it in your size, but your actual size differs in a different places (arms, shoulders, mid-section, etc.)
Askmen.com actually did a great piece about making a custom made suit from scratch:
Step 1: Find a reputable tailor
Good tailors are usually found in major department stores or in the high-end shopping districts. Friends, family and influential colleagues might also refer you to a trustworthy tailor. Ask around and inquire about references.
Step 2: Choose your fabric
Once you’ve chosen a highly regarded tailor, the next step is to settle on a suitable fabric. The suit’s fabric will make the difference between a $1,500 suit and a $6,000 one. That’s why many popular designers use fabrics with a grade of 100s or 110s (quality of fabric) to cut costs and increase markups.
Because you’re not paying for the brand name, you can opt for higher quality grades and still pay the same price or cheaper. Anything above a grade of 110s is guaranteed to make a respectable-looking and durable suit. As you may have guessed, higher grade equals better quality and an elevated price.
Grades range from low 80s to high-end super 180s. At the price you’ll pay for the super 180s, you’re better off just putting a down payment on a brand new BMW.
Step 3: Measure for fitting
At this stage, your tailor will take all the required measurements to make your suit fit like a glove. It’s important to maintain open communication at all stages of your suit’s fabrication. Chances are your tailor has made thousands of suits and he knows what he’s doing; nevertheless, ask questions and provide feedback.
Tell him how you’d like your suit to fall on your shoulders, waist and shoes. That’s the beauty of a tailor-made suit: You won’t need to have it altered several times before it fits perfectly. We all know how frustrating it is to have a piece of clothing that falls awkwardly, especially when it costs you an arm and a leg.
Customization is especially attractive to those with distinctive body types. Tall men won’t have any problems with short sleeves or pants that don’t fit. Chubby men, on the other hand, can have suits made to make them look thinner and more attractive. All these little perks definitely override buying a popular brand name.
For the rest of the article you can check out AskMen.com here.
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