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How to Buy a Suit

Esquire Magazine: How to Buy a Suit


Someday, you're going to have to grow up and buy a suit. If you're going to spend the money, you might as well do it the right way. A stylish, well fitting suit can take you a long way in the work place, business meetings and even with women. Not all suits are created equal so luckily, the stylish people over at Esquire have laid a comprehensive guide for those of you who need a few pointers.

Avoid bargains. Know your likes, your dislikes, and what you need it for (work, funerals, court). Squeeze the fabric — if it bounces back with little or no sign of wrinkling, that means it's good, sturdy material. And tug the buttons gently. If they feel loose or wobbly, that means they're probably coming off sooner rather than later. The jacket's shoulder pads are supposed to square with your shoulders; if they droop off or leave dents in the cloth, the jacket's too big. The jacket sleeves should never meet the wrist any lower than the base of the thumb — if they do, ask to go down a size. Always get fitted.

What to Look for in Suit Cloth:

Nicholas Antongiavanni, author of The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style, offers a short primer:

Fabric: Suits are made of wool. Mostly. At the upper end, you see wool blended with cashmere. You might even see 100 percent cashmere. For hot weather, linen and cotton and silk are available, but most suits are still made of wool. Stick with that.

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