Many men must purchase suits for their jobs or other formal occasions. However, at the same time, many men also do not have an in-depth knowledge of fashion or purchasing correctly fitted clothing.
Here are a few tips from a tailor in Cape May County about what not to do when buying a suit:
- Don’t just take what they have available: Whether you’re buying a suit from a department store or directly from a tailor, you should never be afraid to ask for something else if you don’t like what you see. A good tailor will be able to figure out exactly what makes you comfortable, from the look to the fit. You’re spending enough money on a suit that you don’t want to settle for something you don’t really love, just because it’s convenient. You want the purchase to be one you’ll feel good about for years.
- Never buy suits that aren’t close to fitting: While you can always have a tailor fix up certain parts of your suit to make the fit closer, you should never buy suits that are overly baggy or tight. They should be close to a good fit, and just need the help of a tailor to make it a perfect mold. There are so many men who are insecure about their body shape, whether it’s their height, shoulders, belly or otherwise. Shorter men tend to want taller jackets to make them look taller, and heavier men tend to want to purchase baggier suits because they believe they will look slimmer while wearing one. The opposite is true in both scenarios. Tailors have worked with enough people and body types to know exactly what works, so get recommendations from your tailor about the suit you should be looking for.
- Don’t buy the trendiest, most expensive suit you find for your first suit: Chances are, you really don’t need a top-of-the-line, designer-brand suit if it’s your first-ever suit purchase. You also don’t need to go overly crazy with the customizations, especially if it’s your first trip to a tailor. You are likely just getting comfortable with the tailor’s services, so opt for something modern yet fairly standard in a classic color.
- Don’t avoid buying off the rack out of prejudice: Many people have a mistaken belief that suits off the rack are always going to be of lower quality than suits specially made by a tailor. This isn’t at all true. You can find plenty of high-quality clothing off the rack and then have it fitted by a tailor to your proportions. This is typically the more economical option, and you still end up with a suit that fits you well!
- Don’t be afraid of growing out of your suit: Many people worry that after they have their suit fitted, they will have fluctuating weight that causes their suit to no longer fit and essentially be junk. The fact is, suits can still easily be altered if you have fluctuating weight, and in fact should be altered in these cases.
For more information about buying a suit, contact a tailor in Cape May County today. Court House Cleaners is available for consultations and fittings—give us a call when your suit needs an expert’s services!