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mens business suitHow To Buy Mens Business Suits

Mens business suits are the single most important and expensive element of a man’s wardrobe. Give this fact, men understandably want to make sure a suit is perfect before they drop the big cash on it.

When spending enough money to pay for a new computer, the last thing you want to do buy a suit that is uncomfortable, ill fitting, or goes out of fashion the next year.

But how do you know what to look for? How do you check for comfort? What are the unwritten fashion rules you should be aware of?

This article will seek to answer these questions and many others about mens business suits.

How To Buy Mens Business Suits

Everyday business attire may have become more casual, but the suit is still the anchor of any man's formal wardrobe. Learn how to put together a suit that will impress.

Suit Jackets

The first and perhaps most important thing is to carefully choose the suit jacket. There are many elements to a suit jacket, including style, color, material, fit, and comfort, that need to be carefully considered.

First, how do you know what jacket style is best for you? Although this is largely a matter of personal preference and taste, we can offer a few guidelines to help you decide. Jackets come in single-breasted (the sides meet and button in the middle) and double-breasted (the sides overlap and button down) styles. The single-breasted style is the most common and popular.

The double-breasted style adds bulk to your figure, so in general only thin men should wear the double-breasted style. Keep in mind that double-breasted jackets should be kept buttoned down at all times, otherwise the sides of the jacket will hang down awkwardly.

Jackets come with between two and four buttons. The two-button style is the most common and popular. Conventional wisdom holds that tall men look better in the triple button style, while shorter men look better in the double button style.

Next, you need to choose a jacket color or pattern. Be conservative. The timeless solid colors are navy blue, gray, and khaki, although black and brown are also safe choices. Any other color or pattern runs the risk of quickly becoming outdated. If you opt for a pattern, choose a subtle one (in other words, no plaids). Make sure the pattern lines up at the seams of the shoulders and lapels. If the pattern is misaligned, it can look sloppy and jarring.

Along with a jacket color, you need to carefully select a jacket material. Cotton and linen breathe well and make good summer wear. High quality worsted wool can be worn in all seasons. Test for wrinkling—crumple the fabric in your hand, and make sure it bounces back instead of wrinkling (but be aware that some materials, like linen, are meant to wrinkle).

A polyester blend, like poly-cotton, helps prevent wrinkling, but be careful to avoid a blend with too much polyester. Polyester doesn’t breathe well, and looks cheap—you don’t want to look like a used car salesman, after all.

Finally, check the jacket for fit. Make sure the back of the collar lies flat against your neck. The collar should be low enough to show a quarter-inch rim of shirt collar. The sleeve cuff should fall to about your wrist bone, and reveal a quarter- to half-inch of shirt cuff. The shoulders should be lightly padded, and look neither too sloped nor too boxy. Last, button the jacket and sit down to make sure it is comfortable and doesn’t bunch up.

Suit Pants

When it come to selecting suit pants, there a few general rules of thumb to remember when choosing style and fit. Pleated pants look formal while still allowing considerable freedom of movement. Flat-front pants are less formal, but are slimming. The pant waistband should sit at your waist, not your hips (hence the name).

Cuffed pant legs are formal, add weight to the suit, and can make your legs seem shorter. Un cuffed pant legs are less formal, but elongate the legs, making you look taller. The pant legs should be just long enough to drape, or even break slightly, over your shoes. Here’s a simple test: walk around in front of a mirror and check to see if your socks show as you move. If you can’t see them, then you’re got the right fit.

We hope these guidelines and fashion tips have helped. Now, hopefully, you’ll know what to look for when shopping for mens business suits, and have more confidence that your money is well-spent.


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