Beginners Guide To Buying A Suit


A time comes in a man’s life when he knows he needs to buy a suit, whether it is for a job interview, a business proposal, a wedding or even a funeral. There’s no doubt about it, buying a suit is a very daunting task. It’s not something to be taken lightly, so it’s very essential you make a lot of research to make certain you buy the one that suits you. I mean that’s why it’s called “suit” after all, simply because it’s supposed to suit you.

We are Personage Consult, thought it would be good to run through basic principles to bear in mind when buying a suit. Fear less, buying a suit could be tricky, but once you have got a few tips and tricks under your belt, buying a suit will be a walk in the park the next time you think of buying one.


The drop is the difference between the jacket measurement and the pants waistband. The standard drop for every suit of the rack is 6 inches, meaning if your jacket size is 40”, you pants waist band will be 34”. Although this works for men with most body types except the man with the Inverted Triangle body type. This is because he is athletically built. For instance I wear a 42 sized jacket but my waist is 33’ which means my drop is 9 inches. Knowing this is an advantage because most suits are made with the 6 inches drop. If you are the guy who likes to workout, this may be a little issue, which takes me to the next tip.


I think the greatest mistake people make is rushing the purchase says Thomas Cunningham owner of Sacque Suits. I advise that every man whether you are just fresh out of college or have been married for years should know his measurements. This is an important aspect of buying a suit. Go to the suit shop with your tape rule. I understand that when measuring the impulse is to take very precise measurement very close to the body, because you would want it to fit perfectly, but if you don’t get the perfect size, I recommend erring a little (maybe by 1 inch) on the chest and waist measurement seeing it’s a lot easier for your tailor to take in the suit than to let it out.


A man who wants to create timeless style has the tailor his best friend. It’s good to note that no suit you buy off the rack will fit you properly. For some you may have to adjust the sleeves or slim/ expand the waist of the pants as the case may be. In relation to taking your time to purchase a suit, using the skills of a tailor is highly recommended. No matter what kind of suit you buy, you should be ready to have it tailored. The suit may come cheap or even perhaps free but note that every sleeve adjustment, pants hem and waist slim will cost you a great deal.


This is another important aspect to note when buying a suit. If all you have in mind is to purchase is a black suit, you are good for funerals and maybe weddings. Suits these days aren’t just for work anymore, they have become more of an expression of style. But if it is your first suit I suggest you buy one that is conservative – Navy Blue, Charcoal Black or Grey. They are the best colours for starters and they can be worn to any event and also interchangeably.


It shouldn’t be anything outrageous by this I mean no 4 buttons or 5 buttons or even extra wide lapel especially if it is your first suit, except you already have the conservative ones and you want to experiment your style.

A single breasted two-buttoned suit with notch/peak slim lapel is very conservative if you are getting a suit for the first or second time.


For the first suit, I recommend a wool fabric, because of its flexibility it can be worn throughout the year. They call wool fabric suits the three season suits.

Ties, shirts, pocket squares, dress belts, dress shoes, lapel pins, lapel flowers brooches and all other suit accessories are important to buy also. The most important of all things to note is to make sure the whole ensembles works together.

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          Sartorially Yours.



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