We’ve all been there: you’ve just been invited to a formal event, but your wardrobe lacks anything tasteful. You want to buy an affordable suit, but you’re afraid of making yourself look bad. There are plenty of ways to make sure you get the right suit at a great price. Here are a few things you should do before you make your purchase.
1. Always Get Your Measurements
This seems like a no-brainer, but a well-fitting suit can make all the difference in terms of the impression you make. Too loose and you’ll look like a kid, too tight and you’ll move like a robot.
2. The Standard Drop Off is Six Inches
If you’re going strictly by the numbers, keep in mind that, when buying an affordable suit, you may have to decrease your measurements by 6 inches. However, depending on if you have a slimmer or bulkier build it could be much more, or much less.
3. Check the Shoulder
Find a jacket where the line from shoulder to sleeve is as smooth and uniform as possible. A puffed or puckered shoulder can make you look as stiff as a member of the royal guard.
4. No Loose Buttons
Be sure to check your suit’s buttons. If the buttons feel loose or unsecured, it will likely mean routine trips to the tailor for reattachments or outright replacements.
5. Try on the Jacket
Always put the suit jacket on and button it up to make sure it hangs evenly. You don’t want it looking crooked on one side or the other. The sleeves should come down to the corner of your shirt cuffs.
6. Interlining = Fewer Wrinkles
Try to buy a suit jacket that has some heft to it. This means there is an interlining that will keep your jacket from wrinkling after multiple uses.
7. Always Non-Pleated
Don’t wear pleated pants. They went out of style in the 1940s and might not be coming back.
Follows these rules and you should come out with an affordable suit that makes you look sharp, but if you make any mistakes, bring it to Pico Cleaners, and we’d be happy to make an alteration.