A Guide to Suits

by Mackenzie M. | May 29th, 2013 | Men's Shopping

suitSince I got my first office job this month, it was time to set out and buy a brand new suit. While the choices for men’s suits seem like they would be limited, differentiating between all of the fits, fabrics, and colors is actually a fairly daunting task. There are endless amounts of stores, styles, and prices the sell men’s suits, but there are a few rules that must be abided by when buying a new man’s suit.

Color. The first thing to look for when buying a suit is color. While suits come in a large variety of colors in many stores, it is usually best to stick to the classic blue, black, or grey suits. Black may be best for serious job interviews and funerals, but blue and grey suits can be contemporary ways to look professional while still looking fashionable. Dark blue suits convey a sense of style, and grey suits are great for reflecting the sun during the hot summer months. Keep the color conservative to give off a professional look. Red and orange suits may look hip and stylish at fashion events and swanky cocktail parties; they are probably not the best option for the office.

Fabric. I will be living in a hot and humid climate, so the fabric of my potential suit was very important. In hot and humid climates with few months of winter, cotton suits are the most breathable and comfortable. Cotton suits allow wind and cooler breezes to pass through in the warmer months, but do not provide much insulation in the winter months. If in an area that has long and cold winters, wool suits are the best; however, wool can be constricting and trap moisture in hot and humid climates. There are plenty of fabrics available for suits, but wool and cotton are the standards at most stores.

Fit. This is the absolute most important aspect of buying a suit. It seems that a few decades ago, baggy and loose fitting suits were the style; however, the style of the past few years is a form fitting and flattering fit. It is imperative to try a suit on in the store before purchase. Always look at how the suit jacket fits the shoulders and mid-section. Shoulders should look broad and the mid-section should look slender. Suit pants should not be baggy at all and should even fit the leg snugly. Also, suit pants should cover the ankle, but should go no further. Be sure that a shirt fits the form like a glove.

Overall, when buying a suit, just be sure to keep these tips in mind. Also, keep in mind that although a great suit may be a little more expensive, the perfect suit is worth the money. Sales on suits usually happen around major summer holidays, so always shop around for the best deal on a great suit.

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