Almost every man will own a suit at some point in his life. Many things can go wrong when shopping for a suit. You’ll need to make endless journeys to the changing rooms before getting the right one. Here are the biggest mistakes you should avoid in your search for the right suit.
Paying No Attention to the Shoulders
Very many people overlook the shoulders when trying on a new jacket. Shoulders are one of the most challenging parts of a suit to adjust, so you should be looking to get it spot-on off the rack. If it fits across the shoulders, but the rest of the jacket is too loose, that’s okay because some simple tailoring will fix the problem.
After wearing a new jacket, lean against a wall. The shoulder pad and your shoulder should touch the wall together. If the pad touches the wall first, then the jacket’s shoulders are too big. The seam of the sleeve should rest on the edge of your shoulder. If it’s longer or sits lower than your shoulder, then it’s too big. If it’s hiked up along the shoulder bone, it’s too small.
Wrong Sleeve Length
The length of the sleeves is often overlooked. Too short sleeves will create a comical look. Too long sleeves create the perception that the jacket is too big and make you look sloppy. The jacket sleeve should allow half an inch of your shirt cuff to be seen.
Too Tight or Too Wide Jacket Waist
The sides of your suit shouldn’t make a vertical line. There should be a taper that darts into the waist and gradually bells out to your hips. Jackets usually come pre-tapered. Make sure the narrowest part hugs your body and is in line with the middle button of a three-button suit or the top button of a two-button one. This will help emphasize the V shape silhouette. You should be able to fasten the jacket at the waist without much pressure.
A jacket that’s too wide will go straight down from the sleeves and create an unflattering silhouette. One that’s too tight will create an X effect as a result of too much stretching or pulling when fastening.
Ignoring Jacket Length
Altering the length of a jacket requires a lot of reconstruction by a tailor. For that reason, you should pay attention to the length when trying on a new suit. If it’s too long, it will make your torso look disproportionate to your legs. This is something that you don’t have to worry about if you measure yourself and staring to rent suits online!
As a rule of thumb, the jacket’s back length should be approximately equivalent to the length from the base of the back part of your shirt collar to the floor. Another good way to get the right length is by letting your arms hang naturally by your side. The jacket should completely cover your backside and end around your thumb’s middle knuckle.
Not Understanding the Materials
Many men simply purchase a suit based on the pattern and color they want and don’t take the type of material into consideration. To make the best fabric choice, you should consider what you’re wearing the suit for.
For a work BBQ or summer wedding, lighter materials like lightly woven cotton and linen are ideal. A 100% wool suit will make you greatly uncomfortable at these events. An excellent way to identify lighter material is by holding the fabric against the light. If you can see through it, you’re good to go. If you’re buying the suit for an event in the winter, choose thicker materials such as wool and cotton.
Too Much Trouser Length
If you buy trousers that are too long, all the excess material will gather at the bottom. As a result, you’ll have unsightly folds and crumples around your ankle area.
To choose a suitable trouser length, pay attention to the break. The break essentially refers to how your trousers will fold at your ankle area. The best options to go for are the medium/half break and the no break.
With the medium or half break, the trousers will sit halfway down the back of your shoe and create one fold at the front. Anything longer than that will make your trousers look baggy. With the no break, currently a popular trend, the trousers end at the top of the back of your shoe without creating any visible fold at the front. This creates a cleaner silhouette and makes your legs look longer. Anything higher than this can make the trouser legs look too short.
By avoiding these common pitfalls, you’ll get that perfect suit that not only improves your appearance but also makes you feel comfortable and confident.