We’ve all been there; sitting in the waiting room of a suit shop, when your dad walks out looking like a bit of an idiot. “It just doesn’t fit” we cry. “The arms are too long” we squeal. It then becomes the family joke. ‘Dad has no idea how to buy a suit’ read the headlines of the family newsletter. Here are some of the most common mistakes dads make when buying a bespoke suit, and how you can avoid them.
Don’t buy a poorly fitting suit:
Probably the biggest mistake made when men buy suits is the fit! Please don’t purchase a suit that drowns you, or even worse, a suit that leaves nothing to the imagination. A few tips I have for you in this area are:
- Lean against a wall, and then if the shoulder pads touch the wall before your shoulders, then the suit is too big.
- If your body resembles an X when you button up your jacket, then the suit is too tight.
- The sleeves of your jacket shouldn’t be too long or short. They should show ½ an inch of the cuff of your shirt.
Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to look dapper in your new suit.
The suit may be expensive, but that doesn’t mean it’s good:
One mistake dads tend to make when buying a new suit is focusing just on the price. Just because it’s expensive, doesn’t mean it’s a good suit that fits and looks good on you. Factors you should be considering are the material the suit is made from and the quality of the suit. Try doing a stitch test to see if the suit is of good quality and will last. Hold either side of a seam and gently pull. If it pulls apart easily then you know the suit is likely to be in the bin in a few weeks.
Many men feel somewhat out of touch with modern fashion styles. And men are often unaware of what colors and styles may suit them. Many men will look at the price of something before deciding whether it would look good on them or not. Some simple tips on fashion can help you to pick out the right suit for you!
Don’t forget to remove the stitching:
Suits often come with certain areas stitched up – this allows the suit to maintain its shape during transit. You should cut this stitching with a sharp knife to avoid looking a bit silly. The chest pocket (where you put your pocket square) will be stitched; as well as the vents at the back of the jacket. Don’t make a huge mistake by forgetting to remove the unnecessary stitching.
So there you have it! Follow these simple tips and your shopping excursion for a suit should go without a hitch. And one final piece of advice? Don’t rush when trying to buy a suit! And take someone with you – you may need them to tell you when you look like a fool!