How to pick a suit?
For most men, buying or ordering clothing is not a routine task, which is why we have collected some of the factors that you should consider before picking a suit.
Before buying a suit, consider the following:
- How often do you plan to wear it?
- On what occasions do you plan to wear your suit (and what sort of drain that means)??
- Which season?
- How long would you like to use the suit??
- Does your figure change quite often?
- What bodytype do you have?
- What colour to choose?
- How experienced are you at wearing suits?
1. How often do you plant to wear your suit?
That is the primary consideration. A suit worn almost every day requires different specifications (although, as a general rule, if you wear a suit, then let it rest for a day) then one worn only 1-2 times a year. It also important if you want to wear it in only a specific part of the year (winter, summer) or all seasons.
These are are all worth to consider and discuss with the tailor. For an everyday suit, he will suggest fabrics that have higher wear resistance and less sensitive, while for suits worn in the case of a less-woven suit, the more specific materials can serve the client in the long run. Similarly, we recommend another lining for a light summer suit like a four-season piece.
2. For what occasions would you like to wear?
Some materials get worn fast if you do heavy movement in it (dance) — especially the inner-thigh area of the trousers, where the fabrics rub as you move. Generally, materials containing cashmere are less durable.
On the other hand, the occasion can determine the colour and for some cases, the cut as well.
3. In what season do you want to wear the suit?
There may be a considerable difference in weight between individual fabrics. Some are designed for summer, others for winter and there are 4-season fabrics as well. The latter is a good fit for almost all year, except those hot summer days when they are way too warm.
But if you rarely wear a suit, do not choose a particularly light, summer material, because during winter you are going to freeze in those. On the other hand, thicker winter fabrics might make you sweat even on an average spring day.
4. How long do you want to use the suit?
For some a single suit is enough for a lifetime and are for a handful of occasions only – graduation, wedding, funeral. We believe men should dress elegant way more often.
If you rarely wear a suit, then it is not worth going for the latest fashion – but pick a style that preserves its elegance for decades. Such is a single-breasted 2-buttoned or the double-breasted suit with 6-buttons. If tailor-made you can sport an elegant look forever.
5. How much your figure changes?
If your body weight changes 5-10% regularly, do not go with the ultra-tight slim-fit style of the latest fashion, while you might be unable to button it in just a few months. One day it will be too tight a few months later too loose. Since you don’t want to rush to your tailor every other week, you’d instead choose a semi-slim cut with some room manoeuvring.
At the same time, suits made with glued technology are easier to make while entirely handmade and stitched pieces which do not require glueing are much more complicated. If your shape is very volatile (still growing or is expected to change over 5-10 pounds), then consult your tailor and design a suit in a way so it can be easily modified.
6. What body type do you have?
Your body type determines the cut fits you best. We all have a unique shape, and it’s very difficult to offer general advice, but there are only two basic cut types: single-breasted and double-breasted suits.
Since the double-breasted suit should be worn buttoned almost all the time, it is best for thin men while it visually strengthens the tummy area. For tall and slim men, both single-breasted and double-breasted suits could be an option.
Button placement also changes a lot in the shape of a suit. Suits with more buttons or higher close are more advantageous for smaller men because those make them look taller whereas tall gentlemen should usually go for fewer buttons. Of course, these are just generalities, and we are happy to advise you in person what is most beneficial to you.
7. What colour to choose?
Different colours dominate in business and private occasions. While in the business environment shades of grey and blue tones are preferred, black dominates formal events. It is essential to understand that black is not a business colour. However, if you are thinking of a single suit, we may suggest a dark grey or deep blue suit that will do correctly for both business and casual (wedding, funeral) events.