Suit Buying Tips

I hope everyone has a merry Christmas.  As you can probably guess, my suggestion for what to do with your gift cards to clothing stores is to buy a nice new suit.  Here are some tips from Men’s Health magazine.

Dear Brian,

Unless you’re like a very small minority, shopping for suits isn’t the most exciting way to spend a weekend. But, we applaud your curiosity. Regardless of whether you’re spending $200 or $2,000, this is an investment. Keep these five things in mind and walk away with a suit that will last you for years.

Shoulder. Almost everything can be altered to fit your frame. Except the shoulder. When you try the jacket on, make sure the shoulder fits snugly on your natural shoulder. If it doesn’t, adjust up or down accordingly.

Fabric. How often will you wear this suit? Is this a seasonal suit for fall? In that case: tweeds, flannels and heavier wools are a good bet. Or are you looking for something a bit more year-round? Three-season suits are usually lightweight worsted wool fabric that can be worn pretty much any time of the year.

Numbers. Know the number: You’ll often see an indication of Super 100s, or something similar. This number, usually between 80 and 220, refers to the number of times the yarn has been twisted. The more twisting, the lighter the weight, and the more expensive. A good three-season suit is usually Super 80s or 100s. Super 220s are sweet too, if you have a few extra thou lying around.

Stitching. Check out the stitching. Suits in the above-$2,000 range are usually partially hand-stitched. Want a pricey look for less? Now machines can create a hand-stitched look on more affordable suits. (Case in point: Banana Republic and J. Crew.) Look for this detail on the lapel and pocket flap.

Fit. It’s true almost everything can be altered, but the less you need to do the better. We know you’ll get the hem and waist tailored to fit, but don’t make the mistake a lot of guys make. Get the body taken in too. You want it snug to your torso while still giving you room to move. If you have an athletic build, and you’re swimming in the pants that come with the jacket, consider suit separates. Less rebuilding means a sharper-looking you.

Want more info on what to look for in suits of all price ranges? Check out these 17 Simple Rules for Buying the Perfect Suit.

Read more at Men’s Health: http://blogs.menshealth.com/style-news/q-what-are-your-best-suit-buying-tips/2012/09/10/#ixzz2oJZsFbKI

 

Source: Men’s Health

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