Are you looking for the ultimate suit for your wedding but don’t know how to go about it? Or just want some ideas before you set out hunting? Well, look no further as the following guide is going to provide you with the top 8 Rules for buying a suit!
Suit hunting is a very daunting experience, mainly because a small mistake may end up costing you a couple hundred dollars. To avoid the same, just make sure you consider the following:
Fix Your Budget
Since suits are not everyday wear, especially wedding suits (hopefully) you would want to spend anywhere between $200-$2000. Even though the range definitely broader than that, the happy range is usually around $200-$2000.
After considering and fixing on a budget you would want to consider the purchase of the same- online or offline?
Offline or Online
As the majority of the businesses have moved online, choosing your suit online would be a great option if you want to be spoiled with options. However, if you’re more inclined towards getting the right fit for yourself, checking out different materials on you, we recommend you go to your most trusted tailor or high-end brand you’ve always had your eyes on.
While shopping it’s very likely that you’re going to come across words such as ‘off the rack', ‘custom', and ‘bespoke'.
‘Off the rack' means ready-made. That suit's just hanging on a rack waiting for you to buy it. For most people this will work fine – and you'll find the best deals here.
‘Custom' or ‘made to measure' means it's made to fit your measurements out of different pre-cut pieces. This is a great option if you're hard to fit.
‘Bespoke' means it's made from scratch to your exact specifications – you speak and your tailor listens. For your first suit – ignore bespoke. Bespoke suits are a work of art, and as a consequence are much higher in price.
Irrespective of being an online market place for men’s couture, Sebastian Cruz Couture has a variety of options which can cater to your custom requirements!
Choose Your Fabric
Wool is the recommended fabric, as it’s a great indicator of quality, however, it’s due to its appeal, it tends to be very expensive, but you can always dilute the percentage of the same to 70%, 50% or 30% for budget purposes.
If you're spending over $500-$1000, you're going to be getting 100% wool, and you're also going to start seeing ‘super' wools – Super 80, Super 100, Super 120, and so on.
There's not a uniform system to these numbers. Every company's ‘supers' are different. In general, a higher number means a tighter yarn and therefore a more luxurious drape.
Now, the most important question of all, what colour? If this is your first suit which you plan on wearing for selected occasions and wish to make full use out of, we suggest you go with navy, charcoal, or grey. Not light grey, or blue – those are too casual. And of course, no black either – that's for black tie.
As previously mentioned, people often care about getting the right fit for themselves and therefore often choose to go to physical stores to try suits on. A $50 suit that fits you will look better than a $2000 suit that doesn't. Do not buy a suit that doesn't fit you, unless you know it can be adjusted.
There are a lot of things that can either make or break your suit: such as jacket shoulders, suit chest size, jacket length, sleeves length, suit trousers break (no, quarter, half or full break), suit buttons, lapels (notch peak, shawl) jacket pockets (sewn into or on top) and jacket vents (none, single or double)
These are very important elements which you might consider for customization purposes!
The classic shoe to get when you're buying a suit is a black Balmoral Oxford.
Oxfords are the most formal shoe style thanks to the sleek simplicity of their closed lacing system where the front part of the shoe (the vamp) covers the back part (the quarters) – producing a clean smooth look.
If you want to particularly stand out, a dark brown Oxford is fine – just a little less formal.
A brown Derby is more casual still because it has an open lacing system (with the quarters on top of the vamp) but you can still pull it off with a suit.
Loafers are really too informal for all but the most casual suits. But you can get away with them, especially in the United States at a casual event.
All classic suits need to be paired with neckwear which can be anything between a tie to a bowtie.
Red is always a safe colour, but you can also go with dark blue or dark green – or purple, to add a hint of royalty.
Bow ties are technically just as formal as a long necktie. A bow tie in a solid colour won't break the suit rules – but it will set you apart.
The most classic accessory you can pair with your look would be a watch. Give a posh vibe, is neat and does any with any complication.
Classic dress watches have a black or dark brown leather strap, but a simple metal band is also fine.
Avoid dive watches that are clearly made to be worn as sport watches – nothing oversized or gaudy and no rubber straps.
How about belts? Yes or no? Depends on your trousers- if they have belt hoops, do wear one, or in an absence of the same, suspenders might just do the trick.
Sebastian Cruz Couture might be one at the top of your list for your online hunt- its wide range of styles across men’s wedding suits including classic yet suave shades or navy blue men’s wedding suits, they have it all.
Their wild collection of accessories are especially great as they will definitely bring your whole look together!