Purchasing a suit can be a big investment; at least you should treat it that way. Whether it's your first or fifth, you'll want to learn a little more about the product you are purchasing. Keeping these key 5 questions in mind on your next shopping trip will guide you towards choosing the right suit for you.
1. What is the fabric content?
We suggest sticking with natural fibers over synthetics for a number of reasons: It will last longer, it will typically be made in a higher quality, and it is going to be breathable. Natural is the way to go!
2. It is Fused or Canvased?
First off, do you know the difference? Suit manufacturers offer three options regarding the interior construction of the suit: fused, half-canvas, and full-canvas. Fused refers to a thin, synthetic material that is backed with a glue and is heat-pressed onto the fabric. This doesn't provide much construction support, and will keep the body heat inside due to the synthetic material. After several dry-cleans, the glue on the fusing will start to disintegrate and cause bubbling on the surface of the fabric. If you are looking for a long-term, quality suit, make sure you look for a canvased garment instead.
3. Would the cut compliment my shape?
Each suit is cut differently based off the manufacturer. There are known styles such as an English cut, Italian cut, etc. It is important to research the brand you are purchasing from to understand what cut they specialize in. Fashion trends can also influence brands, but that doesn't mean every trend looks great on every body type. By going to a tailor instead of a salesperson, they can guide you to the proper cut for your unique shape.
4. What is my correct size?
Like cut, the sizing specifications also vary by manufacturers/brands. No two 42R suits are going to fit 100% the same. Your main focus should be finding a suit that fits in the shoulders. Sleeves and adjusting the waist can be fixed with tailoring.
5. Does the person helping me find a suit have the expertise to take care of my needs?
There are numerous factors that go in to finding the proper suit. Having a person with expertise in not only fit, but construction, color theory, and fabrics is extremely important. They are the best resource to have in order to help you make the correct purchasing decision. Again, this is when going to a professional tailor instead of a department salesperson is the best choice.