There comes a time in every man’s life where he will be expected to buy his first suit. With the modern rendition of the industry bustling for the better part of a decade, there are a whole host of styles, types, and silhouettes for every kind of suit imaginable. If you’re already an expert in suit styling, more power to you, but this guide serves as a sort of foot in the door on how you could approach investing in your first fully fledged suit.
Most well-crafted suits will be made of primarily wool. Over the course of years of trial and error, it was realized that wool provides the perfect balance of formal appearance, durability over time, and of course the comfort factor. Adding to that is the fact that wool contours well with your body and is less likely to crease and crumple during an event.
Do be aware that wool is sometimes blended with other materials, most often seen in a wool/polyester mix. These are generally avoided by suits avants, as the blends such as polyester do NOT get better with age, slowly but surely cheapening the look of the suit over time. Some blends however, such as Cashmere and Linen can be very well made depending on your personal preference.
This one really comes down to personal preference, but there are two colors that are arguably more versatile than others. Yes, you could go all out and get yourself a bright red suit and make a grand spanking impression, but for the sake of flexibility and practicality we’re going to stick to CHARCOAL and NAVY.
Your choice in the matter largely depends on the specific kind of impression you want to make on the audience of your suit. Where Charcoal is said to add years to the man, making him seem older and therefore wiser among peers, Navy subtracts years, giving the impression of youth and vitality. With that in mind, it’s up to what you want to achieve, to dictate how you want to be perceived.
The style of the suit (or cut) is probably where the most people will have differing opinions. We recommend you keep it quite conservative when it comes to design, but also classic in the way it’s presented. With that line of thinking, whether you’re at someone’s wedding, or a funeral, or even a court date, you’ll be dressed appropriately for the occasion.
You can generally sense the tone of a suit from how many buttons the jacket has on its front. 1 button is usually seen on tuxedos, and thus doesn’t really fit our purpose when the goal is to be conservative. 3 button suits were all the rage back in the day but hasn’t really evolved to take part in the turn of the century and can feel a little aged when looked at from an outside perspective. That only leaves us with our flexible, but also unquestionably chic 2 button suit. Easy to manage, and effortlessly elegant in practice.
It’s a clever idea next you go to the tailors to pick out your first suit, to bookmark this guide and keep it for reference when making your picks. Don’t worry sweat it if you don’t get exactly what you’re picturing in your head, you’ll be buying many more in the future for sure!
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