Men’s Designer Suit Buying Guide
Every man should own a suit. While it may not be something that is worn often, it’s an essential investment for any wardrobe. Suits can effortlessly smarten up your appearance and give you a boost of confidence, too. Whether it’s for a wedding, an interview, a date or any other special occasion, here at Cudoni we have a wide range of designer suits for you to choose from.
We understand that buying a men’s designer suit online may seem like a difficult task with so much to think about and take into consideration. But, it doesn’t have to be! With our guide, we’ll take you through how to measure yourself for a suit and the 9 most popular suit types for every occasion.
How to Measure Yourself for a Suit
If it’s been a few years since you last bought a suit, or if it’s the very first suit you’re buying, it’s always best to measure some key areas so you get the perfect fit.
Ideally, your suit jacket should button up easily but shouldn’t be too loose. To measure your chest correctly, measure horizontally around the chest, under the armpit and over the shoulder blades. Make sure the measuring tape isn’t too tight or you may find your jacket to be uncomfortable. It should be snug against the body but still allow you enough room to move around.
For suits, there are two waist measurements you should take. First, your regular waist size and then your trouser waist. To find your waist size, measure around the waist at the same level of the navel, again make sure the tape measure isn’t too tight. For the trouser waist measurement, think about where you would like the trousers to sit and measure horizontally around there.
The length of your jacket should be just long enough to completely cover your bum, depending on the style, of course. You’ll find that many modern jackets sit an inch or two below the cuff. A good indication of if the jacket is too long is if you can cup the jacket hem in your hands when your arms are straight down by your side. To measure for your jacket length, measure from the bottom of the collar and straight down the back centre seam to where you’d want the jacket to end.
To measure the inside leg you may need someone to assist. Measure from the lowest part of the crotch in your trousers down to where you want the bottom of the trousers to end. Remember to keep the measuring tape taut for an accurate result. Though the length of your trousers is down to personal preference, a classic length should sit on top of your shoes without touching the floor at the back.
Different Types of Men’s Suits
Now you’ve successfully measured yourself for a suit, it’s time to start shopping. It’s important to research the different styles, colours and patterns available for suits so you can choose the one that will make you feel happy and confident while wearing it.
Here are 9 of the most popular types of men’s suits:
1. Skinny Suits
Skinny-fit suits are a modern take on the classic suit which is very close-fitting. The jacket is skinny through the shoulder, waist and chest and is typically shorter than other suit styles too and the trousers offer a very tapered shape. This is a more modern style that can work for nearly all occasions. While it delivers a tight look, it still has a bit of breathing room for it to be comfortable to wear for a prolonged period.
2. Slim Suits
Slim suits are designed to give you a slimmer silhouette by trimming away excess fabric and providing a form-fitting style that’s narrow at the chest and waist. Slim fit suits offer a sleek and stylish look that’s more for casual events rather than formal. A common misconception is that slim fit suits are only right for those with an athletic build. But this isn’t the case at all, and many different male body types can pull off the slim fit if the right materials, colours and patterns are used.
3. Tailored Suits
More generous than slim but not as loose as a classic suit, tailored suits offer a contemporary look that’s perfect for everyday wear. You’ll find these suits are often worn by office workers as they are comfortable, smart-looking and can be paired with a wide range of shoes and accessories. With a shaped waist and clean lines, the tailored fit is known for being a sleek and timeless style.
4. Classic Suits
If you’re buying a suit for the first time and want something easy and fuss-free, we’d recommend a classic suit style. Perfect for everyday wear, classic suits offer a relaxed fit where comfort is key without compromising on design. Classic suits are smart enough to wear to work and can also be dressed down by pairing the jacket with chinos for a smart casual weekend look. A classic suit is one that will never go out of style that you can wear over and over for years to come.
5. Single Breasted Suit
A single-breasted suit is one of the most common styles of suit and has either one, two or three buttons along the seam of the jacket. Simple, yet versatile, this style usually gives a narrow and more fitted appearance and looks great on many different body types. Ideal for both formal and casual occasions depending on what trousers you wear, single-breasted suits are a must-have item in any man’s wardrobe.
6. Double Breasted Suit
Double-breasted suits include additional buttons on either side of the jacket, with the total number of buttons ranging from four to eight. This style of suit is harder to pull off than single-breasted styles as it can give you the illusion of a wider frame. However, they are extremely fashionable right now and perfect for formal events.
7. Wool Suits
Got a winter wedding coming up? Or feeling extra chilly on your walk to work in the mornings? Wool suits are a great choice – especially during the months between October and March. Soft, comfortable and, most importantly, warm, these suits have a luxurious feel to them and are highly durable too. Fantastic to wear for any occasion, pure wool is also less damaging to the environment as it will biodegrade when you want it to within a matter of months without contributing to microfibre or plastic pollution.
8. Linen Suits
In contrast, linen suits are a warm-weather essential. Whether it’s drinks on a rooftop bar, a summer wedding or even a business lunch, linen suits are a cool and classic design. Lightweight, loose and stylish, a linen suit is typically constructed in flax fibre with a low thread count, meaning you won’t need to worry about overheating no matter where you are.
9. Dinner Suits
For any formal, black-tie events you may have coming up, a dinner suit will be required. Sharp and well-fitted you can’t go wrong with a classic tuxedo style. Tuxedos have been popular for centuries and for good reason. Comfortable, luxurious and stylish, every man will look his best in a tuxedo. These days, the tuxedo has plenty of different variations, from more colourful hues to mismatched styles. However, it’s important to remember to make sure everything fits correctly and a bow tie is still always included when wearing a tuxedo.
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