A good quality suit should be a staple in every gentleman’s wardrobe, there to enhance your best parts and outlast the trends. And if you don’t have the time or money to invest in a made-to-measure suit, then you’ll be glad to hear that with the right knowledge, a ready-made suit can look just as good. Our very own suiting expert, Rhys Bernardo, from our Merthyr Tydfil store, tells everything you need to know before buying your next piece.
When it comes to finding a good suit, it's the little things that count. The right fit, a strong tie, the shirt that compliments your complexion. I always make sure to consider the occasion for which I'm wearing the suit and will keep the season in mind when deciding on colour. Carrying myself with confidence is important, a good suit will enhance that, but it's up to me to make it happen.
Firstly, it’s important to make sure to know what fit will suit your figure. If you’re a larger gentleman, make sure to opt for a regular or tailored fit instead of slim, whereas if you have a slight build, a slim fit will look good.
Make sure to use a tape measure prior to shopping, and measure yourself properly. Focus on the chest, and the length of your legs and arms as these are key to a good looking suit. There is no second chance when it comes to making a first impression.
I always make sure to ask for the date of a customer’s occasion as, if you’re buying a suit for a wedding in six months, your weight may fluctuate. It may sound simple, but it can be often overlooked and could result in having to buy a new suit or make alterations.
When shopping in store, try on a range of jackets rather than going straight for the size that you think you are. This way, you can be sure of what looks and feels best. It can be quite surprising actually, because someone who you’d think would be a chest size of 42 or 44 may end up leaving with a 40 jacket. Make sure to know the different suit fits, and don’t be afraid to ask if you’re unsure. When shopping online at home, make sure to have a good measuring tape close by and to take some time measuring yourself. This will ensure that you buy the perfect fit.
Surprisingly, this is one of the most common questions when it comes to trying on suits. The trousers should sit just on the shoe and when seated, you should see around two inches of sock but no more. And remember, suit trousers are not like jeans. They should be worn higher. This is especially important if you’d like to achieve a slimming look. Getting your trouser length right is vital in a well fitted suit. On the 5 6” man or shorter, I’d recommend only wearing a short leg trouser.
If you’re looking for longevity, a wool or wool blend has a stronger fabric that will last. All our suit fabric considers a gentleman’s lifestyle and the purpose of a suit’s wear, ensuring comfortable, durable clothing that looks great but is affordable.
And when it comes to deciding on your shirt, don’t feel the need to stick to one colour. I’ve come across many people wanting to go for all one colour, be that navy or grey. I don’t think it’s needed and it can be quite good to mix things up sometimes.
This depends wholly on the person. If you’re buying a suit for prom, then you’re likely to grow out of it in a year or perhaps less. And if you plan on wearing your suit often, then its lifespan will shorten. Our suits have an average of 100 wears – which should last about 5 years.
With the black suit, personally I’d never go any different from black shoes. With a grey suit, I’d opt for black, light brown or a deep burgundy shade. And with a navy suit, a brown, light tan or burgundy shoe would fit nicely.
I’d only ever recommend that a suit is kept hanging when not in use. Make sure that you cover it in a suit bag to avoid any dust or debris sticking to it. Also, a lint roller is essential – especially for black suits as it will keep them fluff free.
When it’s time to clean your suit, I’d recommend dry cleaning. This all depends on how much wear you plan to get out of your suit, but on average, you may be able to get 20 wears out of a suit before sending it to the dry cleaners.