What it Takes to Have a Perfect Suit
Sometimes I stop and think… I think about men wearing suits every day to work or wearing a suit to an event they are attending. Number one question I ask is: why wear a suit if you are not putting any effort to perfect your look? So how you make it perfect and exceed every expectation?
How your suit should fit?
Many men buy a designer suit and just think they can wear it as it is. So if you are that man, start shifting your mindset. Every man must see a tailor before the jacket and pants are ready for the public. This is very important and if you don’t have your tailor, look for one who will understand your style. Some stores offer free tailoring with your purchase, however, I never would go to any random tailor. To me, there must be a connection between tailor and yourself.
So here are the important steps for successful tailoring and perfect fit:
- Take in the Waist of Your Jacket
You never want your jacket to look baggy on you, because that does not represent a good image. Most suits you will purchase will be a regular fit, therefore, this is one tailoring that everyone must remember to do. Just don’t get too aggressive about it, because you still have to move around.
- Hem Your Sleeves
Don’t just shorten your sleeves to show your shirt cuff, but also slim them to show your arm shape. In term of the sleeve, your jacket sleeve should end a quarter-inch to half-inch before your shirt sleeve does. Your sleeves should never reach your knuckles or be longer than your shirt cuff. If buttons on your jacket cuff are not functional, it’s an easy fix and not expensive. Tailor will just hem it and move the buttons. If the cuffs feature functional buttons, then its little bit more work for a tailor and more expensive. It’s always better to pay a price for tailoring instead of having your sleeves touch your knuckles.
- Make Sure the Shoulders Fit
The shoulders of your jacket should feel like they are hugging you. If they are noticeably tight, that means jacket is too small and if it is too baggy and passes the the line of your body, then it is too big. Remember that shoulders are one place that most tailors are hesitant to mess with, just because it is difficult and expensive. So, if your jackets shoulders are not not spot on, don’t purchase the suit. Move on to the next one.
- Hem Your Trousers
This is the number one place most guys go wrong when it comes to tailored clothing. Always buy pants with longer inseam than you need. That way there is a room to add a cuff if you want to. Always aim for a very small break and in order to do that, you need to make sure the edge of your pants should just brush the tops of your shoes. If you make it longer, it does not give you a great modern look. All that extra length will not do anything but make you look shorter and sloppier.
- Taper the Trousers
Going narrow on your pants is a great way to extend the lines of your suit and create a tailored look. Make sure you taper your pants if they are little too baggy. Baggy trousers may tell people around you that you might be wearing your dads suit and did not have time to get it tailored. Stay away from that impression and make everything tailored to your body type.
Thank you for reading,