Buying your first suit is a big milestone in life. It is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time because you want to get the best deal and look your best. 12 News recently did a segment at Artful Tailoring’s Biltmore location about dressing for an interview. The basis of the story was about how recent college graduates need to buy a suit to impress at job interviews and land that first job out of college. Our owner at Artful Tailoring gave some general tips to the viewers and we wanted to further elaborate on what to consider when you are buying your first suit.
First time suit buyers need to keep the colors relatively standard. We suggest charcoal gray, navy blue, or a solid black when searching for your first suit. Additionally, the design should remain simple. Your first suit should not have a bunch of crazy patterns. Not everyone can be like NBA reporter Craig Sager and pull off the crazy suits night after night! Despite this general advice, some men do prefer to start out with a more daring suit. Just keep in mind, if it is your only suit, you will need to wear it to job interviews, weddings, and professional networking events.
The fabric of a first time suit buyer is often overlooked because the buyer lacks experience in what suits are made out of.
The first fabric that we suggest is wool. There are different types of wool such as flannel, worsted, and tropical. Overall, wool is great in warm and cool climates because it is a natural material with great breathability and insulating properties to keep in body temperature. Wool is also extremely durable and very stylish.
Cotton is the second safest choice. It is slightly lower quality than wool so it would be good for someone on a budget. A major positive about cotton suits, is that they are tough. Almost every cotton suit can be washed in a home laundry machine rather than needing to be dry cleaned.
Linen is another fabric to consider for your first suit. The top benefit on a linen suit is also the price. They are the cheapest fabric of the three, but they look great if properly taken care of. Linen suits tend to wrinkle very easily and need to be dry cleaned often. It might be a good idea to consider getting a blend of fabrics with linen and cotton or wool. This will reduce the price significantly.
We have seen too many recent graduates buy a suit off the rack that fits poorly. There is so much that goes into a suit being perfectly tailored. You need to make sure the sleeves are the right length, the collar is a perfect size, the shoulders fit comfortably, and the midsection compliments your body. We wrote a blog awhile back about a properly fitting suit. Give it a read! We highly suggest consulting with a tailor before spending a significant amount of money on a suit.