First time buying a suit? Well, we've all got to start somewhere. You're more than likely used to casual wear - let us tell you, a formalwear suit will be a whole different ball game. The sizes will be different and a good fit is imperative. So before you start to build up your 'saved for laters' there are a few things you should know, here's what you need to consider before buying suit...
For your first suit it's best to keep it as versatile as possible whilst adhering to the required dress code. The most versatile and classic colour for a suit is navy blue, and this will fit the bill for the most common event you'll be needing one for... a wedding. You may be tempted by the statement colours and bold checks but trust us, if you're not a regular suit wearer it will be best to keep it simple with a neutral colour and even a subtle check. This way you'll be able to wear it for many occasions to come and guaranteed to get your money's worth.
Suits come in a variety of different fabrics. If you're looking for a suit for the long run, your best bet would be one which contains wool. Wool is durable and keeps you warm (perfect for UK weather!) yet is also breathable. However, if you're not expecting to wear said suit on a regular basis you could get away with a poly-viscose fabric which generally appears on more subtle designs.
With so many options out there, the fit can be a daunting one and generally comes down to your body shape but from experience, you can't go wrong with a slim fit suit. It ticks a lot of boxes being contemporary, flattering and versatile and is the most preferred option today. If you need some guidance on how your suit should fit, we've written a whole article on it!
Related: How A Suit Should Fit.
Your suit is going to need a little more tender love and care than your casual wear in order to prolong its life. After all, you're investing in some pricey threads so it's only right that you treat them well. An important thing to note is that a suit can be dry cleaned only, but not after every wear, if anything you'll want to keep dry cleaning to a minimum and only get it done when it is completely necessary. In between dry cleaning you can dab clean and air it out.
5. POCKETS & BACK VENTS
Blazer pockets and vents standardly come stitched to hold the shape and structure of the blazer. When you are ready to wear the blazer, you should unstitch these so that the pockets become functional and you have more freedom of movement with the back vent(s).