Are you buying your very first suit and thinking “where do I start?!”
Whether you are just a freshman starting out or recent college graduate, having a suit can come in handy more times than you might realize. To dances/events, class presentations, and interviews, it’s important to have at least one in your wardrobe.
If you are planning to buy your very first suit, we have put together this guide to help you make the best purchase.
A good fit is the most important thing to look for. It can make a $200 suit look like $1,000, or it can do the opposite.
How do I know what the best fit is for my body shape?
We HIGHLY recommend paying a visit to a tailor shop (instead of a department store) to find out what your correct suit size is. They know about physiques, and what adjustments can be made to help you look your best. Once they find your correct size, they can complete any necessary alterations to complete the look.
What fabrics should I look for?
You should always look for natural fabrics. Wool breathes much better than polyester, and it will last a lot longer. This type of fabric will also work for every occasion, versus say, a linen suit. There are lightweight wools that feel fantastic, so try not to associate wool with a heavy coat.
Here is the big question: what color do I choose?
Fashion has changed in the past couple of decades regarding what a “typical” suit should look like/be. What once was a staple, black suits are usually reserved for funerals or very formal events. Going with a charcoal or navy suit is a safe choice, as these will be the most versatile. You can pair each with endless shirt and tie options, and they can be dressed up or down depending on the event.
Ok, how much should I expect to spend?
While budget-friendly suits do exist, make sure you know what you are paying for. If the cost seems too good to be true, it probably is. On average, spending anywhere between $300-$750 should get you a decent first suit. They really are investments, but depending on your age, your body could still change over the next few years. Visit Artful Tailoring’s two convenient locations to see what we can do for you!