So you’re ready to purchase your first tailored suit. You’ve reached that point in your career where you’ve recognized a bespoke suit really does make the difference for first impressions and your overall persona. But how do you know where to start? With so many different colours, fabrics, styles and cuts, it’s hard to know where to start. Let our experts at Paul Puncher help you navigate this exciting step in your personal evolution.
The most important element of a well-fitting suit is its fit. Doesn’t matter what kind of suit you’re investing in, whether it’s $200 or $2,000, black or grey, two-button or three. Our clothiers see too many men who think they’ve bought the right suit to only see them walking around in something that looks like an oversized sweater. At the same time, we’ve seen men in affordable yet well-tailored suits that look like a million bucks. The suit must fit right, or else there’s no point in wearing it. A good rule of thumb our personnel follow is start from the top, and work your way down.
A good suit should hug your shoulders, not slouch off them. Most men have the impression they’re a size larger than they are. When buying a suit, try sizing down. When you pull on the jacket, there should be firmness to it. You should snap to attention and stand taller. If it doesn’t fit right in the shoulders, then experiment with a larger size. As well as the attention we spend on the shoulders of a jacket, it is important to consider the width and cut of the sleeves. Slimming down the sleeves of a jacket makes an incredible difference in the overall look of the suit.
Not only should the sleeves of your jacket be tailored, it goes without saying that the rest of the jacket should also contour to your body. A little nip and tuck on the sides of a suit jacket can accentuate the tailoring of the shoulders – enhancing or creating the illusion of strong shoulders.
Underneath your suit jacket should also be a well-made – and well-fitted – dress shirt. Our personnel will measure your collar size and arm length to ensure the shirt fits just right under the jacket. The sleeves should end just above the hinges of the wrist, framing the suit and providing a sophisticated finishing touch.
In order to avoid looking like you’re preparing for a flood, the right pant length is also critical to a complete tailored ensemble. Your pants should just clip the tops of your shoes, not bunch up over them or be floating above your ankles.
Once you’ve mastered all of these steps, then you can begin experimenting with ties, shoes, belts and more. We invite you to visit us and take the first step in your personal fashion growth and learn why a well-fitting suit can make all the difference.