When you’re aiming for a classy, elegant look, there’s nothing better than a suit. Suits may not be the professional wear of choice that they once were, as dress codes have become more relaxed, but they’re still the only appropriate attire for many events, such as weddings and upscale parties.
A great suit is something to behold, which is why it’s unfortunate that men often make major mistakes with their suits. It all starts when you buy the suit. Here are the most common suit-buying mistakes and how you can steer clear of them.
Being Too Stingy
There are deals out there on suits, and certain brands offer good quality at reasonable prices, but you also get what you pay for. With some smart shopping, you can find a good suit for under $500. But expecting to find something high quality for $100 or $200 is unrealistic.
Spend a couple months saving what you can so that you’re able to invest in a suit you love. You want to feel like a million bucks when you wear it.
Choosing the Wrong Fabric
Suits come in many different fabrics, and it’s important to choose the right one for your needs and the climate where you live. Wool is a popular choice that tends to be the most versatile option, but you wouldn’t want to go with a delicate merino wool for a suit you plan to wear often. Linen works well for a summer suit, but in colder climates, it won’t keep you warm.
Avoid synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, at all costs. They don’t hold up well over time and they look as cheap as they are.
Getting a Jacket That’s Too Big
Fit makes all the difference in how your suit looks. A well-cut suit will make the most of how you’re built, however that may be. Your jacket should fit you snugly, and you definitely don’t want it to be too long anywhere, because then you’ll look like a kid wearing his father’s suit.
Suit jacket sleeves should end about ½ inch above the sleeve of your shirt, and the jacket itself should end at where your fingertips would be with your arms hanging down. If you can’t find a jacket that fits you perfectly (and this is a common problem), take the one you get to a tailor.
Getting Pants That Are Too Long
You don’t want your pants to be too long, either. If they’re all over your shoes, then they’re too long. Right now, men tend to get their pants hemmed a bit higher to show off their socks.
You don’t need to go that high if you don’t want to, but you should take long pants to a tailor so that they only skim your shoes, at most.
Buying a Suit That’s Too Tight
A fitted suit looks great, but you don’t want to go too far in the fitted direction and end up with a suit that barely allows you to breathe. You’ll look like you’re trying too hard to show off your physique.
Don’t size down when buying your suit. There’s no way to make a tight suit bigger, which means you simply need to avoid buying one in the first place.
Going Too Wide with the Lapels
Wide lapels are a dated trend that will make you stick out in a bad way. The usual recommendation on lapels is keeping them to 3 inches in width or less. Again, your best bet here is to avoid jackets with wide lapels entirely. They just aren’t worth the hassle.
Buying Your Suit at the Last Minute
The time to buy your suit is not a week before your friend’s wedding. If you’re buying off the rack, you should get your suit tailored. If you’re having a custom suit made, there may need to be adjustments. Either will take time, and you don’t want to rush your tailor. Aim to start the suit-buying process at least one or two months before you need yours.
Buying a suit is a rite of passage for many men. Watch out for these common mistakes and you’ll end up with a great-looking suit that you can’t wait to wear.