You can look like a million dollars in a new suit or you can look like the dullest dog in the office. A good suit is a major investment in your wardrobe and you want to get it right. There is an old saying that the more you spend on a suit the better you will look and this is true to a degree, however, you will look great in any suit as long as it fits you perfectly.
The first step to selecting a good suit is to decide on the type of suit you want. There are a few different types of suit you can choose, the lapels are currently setting the trend at the moment as they are getting skinnier and skinnier, however these suits won’t be in fashion for much longer as they have almost finished their trend cycle, it you are spending good money on a suit you may want a more classic style. On a classic suit the lapels come out half way to the shoulder. Double breasted suits have been out of fashion for a while but are making a comeback, once again, double breasted suits come in and out of fashion. If you are going for a classic look opt for a two button suit, this will always be acceptable and won’t go out of fashion.
The best suits are made with canvas interlining, most bespoke suits are made this way, cheaper suits are made by fusing or gluing the fabric together, and most suits you find on the racks are fused these days, even the more expensive brands. There are two main ways you can make a suit with canvas interlining, full canvas or half canvas, I would recommend the half canvas, which will ensure a good fit across the chest. The full canvas can be a little overkill and makes for a heavier suit.
The fabric you choose for your suit is important. A great fabric will drape better, these days the better suits will be made from super fine wool, thread counts would start at 100s and could go as high as 200s, but be careful going for too high a thread count, the higher the count the lighter the material can be and the more it will wrinkle. Italian fabrics have always been considered superior to any others, they buy the finest marino wool from Australian and New Zealand farmers and are the experts at creating the finest fabric.
Look at the pattern in the fabric. Even plain fabrics can have a subtle patterning, so consider how that will look as you move around in your suit. The most fashionable fabrics today have a subtle stripe in the fabric which is created by a shine rather than a different colour, and the stripes are ussually multiple, they may have two thick stripes followed by a thin stripe for example. Consider the colour of your suit, in the corporate world there are three or four basic colours you can wear, Navy, Charcoal, or Grey, you may be able to get away with other dark colours such as a bottle dark green or brown in some circles. Black is not worn much in corporate, however you could wear a black with a pin stripe, but be careful, the black pin stripe is a very powerful suit and you are not going to look very approachable in it, it is also a little bit 1980’s.
The fit of the suit is the most important factor. You can really tell a good suit by the silhouette and the way it drapes, the length is also very important, in the sleave, the trouser length and the jacket length.
Always go for the best fit possible, I would recommend having your suit tailor made as a suit will rarely fit you straight off the rack. If you cannot have your suit tailor-made to suit your body, the following tips will help you to get the best fitting suit available.