There comes a time in every Gent’s life where he needs to buy his first suit. Here are a few guidelines to follow so you don’t end up with a suit you regret.
Buying your first suit is a pretty big deal. Obviously an occasion has come up in your life where you’ve decided it’s time to get suited up. Whether it’s homecoming, graduation, a job interview, or even a wedding, we’ve got you covered. If you follow these five simple steps you’ll be attending that event looking like a million bucks. To make things even easier, we’ve teamed up with Moods Of Norway to give you a chance to win your first suit on us! You can enter the contest HERE.
1. Choose a color that works for many occasions
When it comes to your first suit it’s all about versatility. We recommend either a navy or charcoal grey suit for your first. Navy and grey will never go out of style, they can be worn with either black or brown shoes, and perform equally well in formal and semi formal settings.
2. Save the style points for your ACCESSORIES.
Your first suit is not the place to make a statement. Save that for your fourth or fifth suit. A simple slim fit notch lapel suit will do you just fine at first. It also won’t call much attention to the fact that it is the only suit you have if you have to wear it frequently. If you want to make a statement, have fun with your shirts, ties, pocket squares, and accessories. These are all less expensive than a new suit and can be mixed and matched to create different outfits.
3. Find the right fit (aka find a tailor)
No suit will fit you absolutely perfect off the rack. Well, there is like a one in a million shot but don’t get cocky, it’s not you. Fit is one of the most important factors when it comes to whether a suit looks good on you. Three or four small tweaks mean the difference between style rookie and style veteran. We recommend making sure your pants fall with little to no break, your jacket fit tight around the waist and your sleeves fall at the break of your wrist.
4. Go for the three Piece
Adding a vest to your first suit gives you even more ways to wear it. If you want to get fancy you can rock the three-piece. If it’s a more casual occasion ditch the jacket and just wear the vest. It’s your choice, but it’s always good to have options. For a few extra dollars you turn one outfit into three. We recommend the never out of stock collection from Moods Of Norway.
5. Don’t be afraid to spend some money
Your first suit should be an investment. This suit is going to be your go to for the next year or two. You might as well make it one that will last. If you decide to buy a cheap suit you’ll run into a few possible issues. One, it won’t fit right and you’ll have to spend an arm and a leg on tailoring. Two, it will be low quality fabric that will break down or rip after a handful of wears. The goal should be to buy a nice suit you can have for a little bit while you add a few more suits to your wardrobe. You don’t throw your old suit away as soon as you get a new one, you slowly build your wardrobe to consist of 3-5 staple suits (Navy, Grey, Black, Brown and a Tuxedo). Expand from there.