A suit is more than a set of garments made from the same cloth. A suit gives you a sense of power and changes the basic way we see the world. When you are ready to start shopping for the perfect suit I would highly suggest to try out a variety of brands. You don’t have to break the bank when on your search. Department stores such as Express express.com have several well-priced suits to choose from. Now if you have a little more extra to spend on a suit I would visit stores like BOSS Hugo Boss hugoboss.com or Ralph Lauren global.ralphlauren.com. Now to the most crucial element of a suit is the fit. An ill-fitted suit is as bad as wearing suspenders with a belt. Once you are trying on a suit, you want to stand up completely straight, preferably in the kind of shoes you will be wearing with your suit. Your arms should be relaxed at your side. You should be able to move comfortably in this stance. If not, then the suit is not your ideal fit.
Pictured above: Suit-HUGO BOSS (hugoboss.com)(halls.com), Turtleneck-Topman (us.topman.com), Pocket square-Burberry (burberry.com), Briefcase-Hartmann (hartmann.com), Shoes-PRADA (prada.com)(halls.com), Watch-Patek Philippe (tivol.com)
A great suit will feel like a suit of armor. Personally when I put on a suit I feel more confident and it gives me a different level of swagger. In my opinion, it is way better to own two great suits than a handful of mediocre ones. When purchasing your first suit, I would recommend a wool suit. A wool suit can be worn year round. It was also give you more for your money, so start there. Pick a versatile color like grey or even better a charcoal. No, not just because I am wearing a charcoal suit but because this color will easily transition from day to night. You also could go with a dark navy blue suit. Either color would pair nicely with black or brown shoes. I know your are probably thinking, “Hey, what about a black suit?” Well, you are right, but a black suit is the least versatile color. That is not to say you should not buy one but if I was you a black suit would be the third suit I would buy. After I have found the perfect suit, even though its a great fit, I still take it to my tailor. I tend to always find a couple of things that need tweaked.
To sum things up, take your time when out on the hunt for your first suit. Don’t be afraid to try on different brands and styles so you can compare and feel which feels better for you. Pick a versatile color, preferably dark blues to grays. Make sure it fits well and don’t be afraid to ask your salesman for advice (that is what he is there for). If you don’t have a tailor I would highly recommend finding a reputable one. Trust me on this one. They are the ones who will make your suit look custom made. Last but certainly not least, carry yourself with confidence. It could be a bit intimidating buying and wearing your first suit. Presentation is everything from head to toe.
Photography by: V o i c e O n e A r t s (voiceonearts.com)