3 shopping tips that will help you get a fitted suit.

 As a woman I have to admit, there’s something about a man in a suit.

As a stylist,

” the suit maketh the man.” 

There are a few key things that every man has to consider before buying a suit. The following should be considered when shopping ;

1.The fit of the suit and how to get the perfect suit

2. The colors of your suit and the combination of elements.

3. Why you are buying the suit.

In this blog post I will give you detailed information on all three.


It’s very important to know how a suit fits, because there’s only a few things a tailor can adjust. The areas you should look out for when fitting your suit are the shoulders, chest, length, the number of buttons, vents, lapels and pocket squares.

a) Shoulders– The suit shoulders should hug yours. The shoulder pads should not protrude beyond your own shoulder. If you stand sideways and the shoulder pads touch the wall before you do, the suit is too big.

b) Chest-You should be able to easily button the jacket. The space between the button and your chest should not be more than a fist.

c)length– When your arms are hanging straight down you should be able to cup your fingers under the side of your suit jacket. However you should also know that this might not always be the case as shorter jackets are in style.

d) the number of buttons – Suits either have three, two or one buttons. The two button is the most popular but if you’re looking for something a bit more high style a one button suit is a great look.

One button suit.
Two button suit
A three piece suit with a single breasted waist coat.

e) Vents – Available in three styles can either be center, side or ventless. A center vent is all purpose which makes it timeless, making it both mordern and traditional. The side vents are a bit more suave giving your suit a European vibe. A ventless suit is still fashionable and very old-school.

Side vents

f) Lapels – A notch lapel is the most popular since it’s a very safe choice. A peak lapel is more old-school and elegant. (Harvey Spector from suits, has suits with a peak lapel.)

Knotch Lapel
Peak Lapel

g) pocket squares– the pocket square is for show and belongs in your jacket breast pocket. It is normally made from silk, a light-weight cotton or linen, and should be small enough to fold without creating bulk. It should not be confused with a handkerchief. A handkerchief is for blow and goes in your back or front pants pocket or inside your jacket lower pockets or inside pockets.

Red pocket square
Silk pocket square
White pocket square

Unfortunately even the best tailored suit sometimes needs to be adjusted. I have therefore created for you a cheat sheet of alterations the tailor can fix.

1. If it doesn’t fit the shoulders, it’s nearly impossible to alter.

2. For pants, work around alterations that are less than two inches.

3. The jacket sleeves can easily be reduced if they are too long. Just remember to leave room for a quarter of the shirt to show.

4. Depending on your body shape the sides of the jacket might need tapering to contour your torso.

5. The back of the collar most times will roll, a good tailor can fix this.


The Colour of the suit should complement your completion. Suits come in different colors and different patterned materials, these two make up the combination of elements. The color and pattern should blend together.

A plaid pattern on a suit.


Dark and classy suits are a popular office choice. If you’re a first time buyer black and navy suits are a good start as they can be worn at almost every occasion weddings or funerals.

One can also buy a suit to wear with t-shirts and sneakers or the jacket with jeans.