Tailored suits are a necessity for any man who is interested in making a good impression to potential employers or on special occasions. There are a number of suit styles available so any young man can find one that makes him feel comfortable and allows him to express his personal style. However, unlike the things you buy off the rack, there are certain rules in place when it comes to looking your best when buying and wearing a suit. Here's everything you need to know to look good in your first tailored suits.
Suits cost more than most other types of clothes. By most people's standards, they cost quite a bit. This is just something you're going to have to accept when it comes to buying your first suit. Consider a new suit an investment in your future, an item you can pull out of your closet that is appropriate for job interviews, graduation and other special events where you need to look your best. Good-quality, modern suits can be had from online stores for affordable prices.
The best way to take your interview suits game to the next level is to get it tailored. Tailored suits simply fits and looks and fits better than one that has been purchased off the rack. Tailoring ensures that the suit fits you, not the model's body that the pattern was cut from. Proper fit is essential to looking good in tailored suits, much more so than almost any other piece of clothing. Visit a good tailor and have him make adjustments so that your off-the-rack pants and jackets fit like custom suits.
One of the major defining characteristics of tailored suits is the number of buttons on the jacket. As a general rule, the fewer the buttons the less conservative and more modern the suit looks. The most common button configuration for young people is two. Single-button configurations are generally reserved for blazers but sometimes found on suit jackets. Three buttons are also not uncommon but they tend to look a little stuffy. Leave the six button double-breasted configuration for your dad.
Other aspects of custom suits to consider include the length and style of the collar and lapel, pleated and flat-front trousers, and jacket vents. Each stylistic change subtly alters the overall appearance of the suit.
If you're still not sure about taking the plunge and buying your first suit, consider ordering online. Online applications are available that allow you to virtually mix and match suit pieces, cuts and styles so you can get a better idea of how they will look on your body. This is also the ideal way to match colors and see how pieces of the suit look together before committing to a purchase. You can then order the basics of the suit, as well as essential accessories such as a shirt, tie and shoes.
Now that you know the basics of wearing tailored suits, get out there and wow your friends and family with how mature you look on graduation day.