Five tips to finding the perfect suit
24 May 2016
Be they the groom, groomsman or wedding guest, many men will wonder where to start when finding the perfect suit for the special day. Here's some handy hints from Suit Direct to make what can be a time-consuming task that bit easier.
Every man needs a good suit. There comes a time for all men when their go-to suit has been to that many weddings and christenings that it deserves an upgrade. It’s more than worthwhile to keep a sharp suit in your closet for when the occasion comes knocking, so here are five top tips to get you suited and booted in no time.
1. Colours to suit you
It’s a good idea to have a few suits in solid shades such as black, grey and navy. There will definitely be a few weddings on the agenda every year for most people, and these colours are an easy choice for formal occasions. Some men even opt for the same style suit in each shade for variation.
For a summer wedding, mix things up with a patterned, herringbone, plaid or hounds tooth number to vary the suit options in your wardrobe.
2. All about the fit
There are several options for men in either fitted or standard suits, so deciding whether to go for a look that’s tailored-to-perfection or more casual is the next decision to make. Fitted suits can look much smarter and suited to occasions and events, whilst non-fitted attire is sometimes preferred for everyday work use.
3. Thinking about fabrics
The price of suits is generally dictated by the material, and more expensive suits will typically be thicker and heavier. Wool, worsted or wool-blended suits are great quality, and maintain their shape over long periods of time because of the spring in the material. Be sure to check the yarn which indicates the weight of the suit.
A cotton suit is made from natural fibres and a great alternative for wool if the weather is warmer. Cotton is breathable to wear and mid-range when it comes to pricing. Last but not least, polyester suits are perfect if you’re on a budget.
4. Suit styling and accessories
If there are some diamond cuff links in the closet, it’s worth making sure they look good styled against a new suit. The same goes for expensive ties, shirts and shoes that might want to make an appearance at future wedding events.
Accessories can be just as important as the suit when it comes to injecting some personality into an outfit, so take time to do research, or take a swatch along when it’s time to purchase some accessories. A patterned tie can look fabulous against a dark suit, or a bright silk tie is ideal for animating an outfit in time for summer events. Be careful not to overdo it though; subtle hints of colour and accessorising works best.
5. Seasonal suits
Consider the season when you’re choosing your suit. A wool suit for example, is not the ideal option for a summer/spring wedding, but could be perfect for winter or autumn ceremonies. A black suit could be too hot for summer months, so instead try a light grey.