Are you a suit novice? For many men, buying a suit can pose a bit of a challenge, and a trip to the suit store may become overwhelming and sometimes, even frustrating. To make the process easier and pleasant, be well informed and arm yourself with these suit shopping tips.
1. KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE.
One of the most common mistakes that men make is to have a misconception about their body type. We are all different, and my advice is to find a fit to compliment your body type. If you are lean, and have a small to medium frame, a slim fit suit is a great starting point. Similarly, broad shoulders and a muscular frame would look best in a classic or athletic fit suit. So, work with what you have.
2. UNDERSTAND HOW SUITS FIT.
Formal jackets and pants are not T Shirts and shorts, and neither will they fit the same way. A well fitting suit will not be uncomfortable, but it may take some getting used to, if you are not accustomed to it. The more you wear them, the better you will feel in your suit and it will definitely show in the way that you carry it.
3. HAVE THE RIGHT MINDSET.
Having seen many men not too happy to have to wear a suit, I have to say this; it will only make your suit purchase more frustrating if you lack interest. Instead, try to picture the occasion, whether it is prom, wedding, graduation, an upcoming interview, and how important it is for you and your loved ones to be your most presentable self. That will also help you decide the style of suit you may want to go with.
4. TIME YOURSELF.
By time yourself, I don’t mean that you have to spend a minimum amount of time researching and shopping for the suit, but don’t try to swing it on the way to another errand either. Do go in when you have time to try a few different looks and decide on the best option for you. Also, and more importantly, give enough time prior to your event. Time may be required for minor alterations, to ensure a perfect fit. A last minute suit search will only add pressure.
5. ASK FOR HELP.
Find a reputed menswear store in the area and pay them a visit. The sales associates in specialty stores are likely to be attentive and more knowledgeable about the various fits, seasonal trends, and can be of great help when making final selections and accessorizing your suit. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. It’s also a good idea to ask about alteration services, whether they are provided in house or outsourced, and what’s the expected turnaround time.
Suit buying does not have to be daunting. Take the time to enjoy making yourself look good, and feel great!
You will be styling in no time!