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8 Questions to Ask When Buying a Suit

Every man should own at least one well-cut, tailored suit in a neutral color. Weddings, work interviews, and other situations require a suit on occasion, and all men should have one. A well-cut suit to a man is like a little black dress to a woman. It’s a closet staple, and it’s good for almost every occasion. When it comes to buying a beautiful suit, how do you know if it’s the right one? There are some questions you must ask when buying a new suit.

Is it appropriate for the occasion?

Where are you going? Do you have a location in mind, or are you merely looking for a suit just in case you ever need one? If you’re not sure, ask the sales associate if it’s appropriate for the occasion. He can guide you to something that works for what you need a suit for as well as something versatile.

Is this material versatile?

The material matters. You don’t want a suit that’s too casual, too formal, or too anything if that’s not what you’re going for. You also don’t want a suit that appears cheap. Ask about the material and see if there is anything else you should consider while shopping.

Which color is the best neutral?

There’s a beautiful shade of cognac, camel, black, blue, navy blue, and everything in between. You want a suit that’s neutral enough you can wear it with anything. You want something you can wear every season, so ask about the best neutral. It all depends on specific details of your life that only you can answer when discussing this with a sales associate.

Does it need to be tailored?

The answer is always yes, but it does depend. Ask your sales associate what type of tailoring will work best for you, and then ask how it works. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, you should ask any other questions you have regarding tailoring right now.

Does this go with more than one jacket?

One of the best ways to make a suit more versatile is to pick up a few sports coats and jackets. You can wear more than one color with one suit, and that’s what makes neutrals so great. A navy coat looks good with a pair of tan pants, a camel jacket goes with black pants, and you can mix and match shirts for a different look. Ask about different jackets.

Can I breathe in this?

If you can’t breathe and the cut doesn’t work, ask about it. You want something you feel comfortable in, but also something that works for your body type. If you’re in something you don’t feel good in, ask what else is available. No two men are the same, so be sure you ask.

Is this a quality suit?

Quality is always better than quantity, but you should still ask. You might not realize a suit that’s on sale for a low price is a good cut or cloth. Ask if it’s one that might stand the test of time. You want a good suit with a great cut, a great design, and a high-quality fabric.

Will I wear this more than once?

Can you wear it to a wedding? Can you turn around and wear it to a funeral or a business function? You want a suit that goes well with almost any occasion. That’s how you get your money’s worth out of your suit. Ask the sales associate if you can wear it to certain events, and you can even go as far as to ask how you might style it for one event versus another. It’s all in the shirt, the tie, and the shoes.

Buying a suit can be an intimidating process if it’s not something you do regularly, but it’s not as difficult as it sounds. The best advice anyone will offer you is to buy one that’s not off the rack. It’s easy to tell when a suit was picked up at the store, brought home, and not fitted. You want something that fits, something that sits nicely on your frame, and something that looks like it’s a lot more money than it is simply because it does fit.

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