A Handy Guide to Suit Shopping

Suiting is a fine art and wearing a well-tailored suit streamlines your entire aesthetic and elevates your style credibility. But, the process of buying a suit does not have to be painful, so long as you know the tips and tricks of selecting and buying the right suit.



Define the Occasion

Determine when and where you’ll be wearing the suit. Go into a store with a clear plan of how frequently you are going to wear the suit, and where it is going to take you.

Determine the Fabrication

Choose your fabric based on your occasion. If it is more casual, choose cotton, linen or wool/linen blends, and everyday suiting calls for wool.

Pick Your Colour

The shade of your suit is purely preferential. Take note that colours take on different tones in varying light, so a blue or charcoal suit purchased for the office will transform in the night..

Get The Right Fit

The perfect jacket follows the contours of your shoulders, chest and waist. Once you’ve found your brand and fit, take your suit to your local tailor to ensure it fits to perfection.

Here's what you need to know about finding the right fit of a suit:

The Collar

The collar should comfortably rest on top of your shirt collar with a hint of your shirt peering above.

The Shoulder

The seam should sit on the corner of where your shoulders end and your arms begin. There will be no pulling across the back, and it will fall straight from the shoulder blades.

The Chest

There should no pulling across the chest when buttoned, or unbuttoned, and the fabric will smoothly run over the armpit.

The Sleeve

    The sleeve of the jacket should finish at the wrist bone. It can easily be adjusted if the sleeve is too long and lengthened if too short.

    The Trouser

    Slim or pleated, make sure the pant fits across the waist with room to breathe, and that the seat and thighs are tailored close to the body. For a roomier fit, choose a pleat. Nowadays, pant length hints at what style of gentleman you are. Cuffed reveals trend awareness, cropped relates to creative or quirky personalities, and full length that ends at the top of the shoe speaks to a classic persona.