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Guide to buying your first suit

There will be a moment you will need to get your first suit.

Your first job interview, your best friend’s wedding. Or being invited to some ballroom event.

A well-fitted suit with correct details will generally do the trick. With the correct rules to follow, getting your first suit isn’t hard at all.

Details

You are buying a suit for the first time. So not only does it have to fit you well, it has to.

You are confused by the many details you can choose at your tailor.

By definition, a suit is a combination of a jacket and a pair of trousers in the exact same fabric. If both pieces are closely similar and not identical, it is not a suit. To others, it is sloppiness on your part.

Colour and Pattern

I would recommend sticking to a classic color without any pattern. This will provide you the ease of matching easily with most shoes and accessories.

– Charcoal is for guys that are young and hope to look more mature

– Navy is for guys that are old and hope to look younger

I strongly do not suggest following flamboyant patterns, colors and styles you see actors wearing in movies. Unless you are a fashion genius, not many guys can don that flashy look well. You really just want to be presentable, not flashy or prominent.

If you are adventurous and really want something, I will suggest choosing subtle patterns. However not many first-timers can pull this off.

Fit

Never be contented with a suit that do not fit you. We will suggest buying a suit only if you feel comfortable with a tailor.

Only with trust and communication, can you and your tailor produce a suit with optimal fit.

Below some some points to help you get the small but important details right.

Shoulder Fit

The shoulder fit is the most important aspect of a suit. The suit should usually be half and inch beyond your shoulder.

Good tailors would usually add a small piece of canvas at the edge of the shoulder pad so the sleeve fall naturally. If you have muscular shoulders, I will suggest finding a tailor that do this to avoid ugly creases at the shoulder edge.

Torso Fit

Always do the fist test during fittings, the front of your suit should always have enough room to fit a fist comfortably.

For guys with pot belly, the most common mistake many tailors make is not measuring the front part of the belly.

By not doing so, your suit will be too loose in the front and too tight at the back. In some extreme cases, your jacket will appear too short.

Jacket Length

All you need is to stand straight and keep your hands to your sides. The length of the jacket should reach about the knuckle of your thumb.

Make sure the jacket also cover the lower curvature of your butt. However, for shorter guys, this rule does not apply if your jacket is looking too long. So do make sure you consult your tailor on the optimal length.

Points to Highlight

Even good tailors are humans and might occasionally miss out on some details. Do highlight to them the following for them to deliver a better suit.

– Uneven shoulders: This is especially so for people with prior surgery on their shoulders.

– Shoulder bones protruding from upper back

– Caved in inner-chest

All these information should be sufficient for a first timer. Yes, the entire process is a game. You have rules to follow and if you are following this article, you are in to win the suit game.

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Wedding Suit Guide for the Groom

CONGRATULATIONS! It’s a “Yes”! You are entering the next chapter of your relationship with your partner and here comes the big event, The Wedding.

Choosing the right suit for the occasion can be a tough decision for many grooms but what we can suggest you right from the start is: You don’t want to be seen in a rented suit for this extremely special day!

A three-piece suit (jacket + pants + waistcoat) is usually perceived as the more formal suit which is more commonly seen in weddings and formal events. It’d provide an added touch of elegance and versatility in case you want to take off your suit jacket.

Some of you might think bright colours or bold patterns would be suited for your wedding but do bear in mind that, unlike the bride, you would probably wear your custom tailored suit even after your wedding day.

Suits in navy or grey are the safest options these days as dark colours are usually dressier and more appropriate for formal events.

Navy/Blue Suit

A blue suit – in all its shades – provides a classically elegant look, yet exuding a certain degree of boldness as compared to a black suit.

It is the go-to for all men, suitable for any occasion, any time of the year. In addition, it’s pretty much in trend now!

For an added touch of finesse, you may accessorise your navy suit with a pocket square or even a lapel pin! Find out how to fold a pocket square here.

























Grey/Charcoal Suit

A grey or charcoal suit will be a great selection if you’re looking for something a little less formal than the black suit yet be ever so classy!

Being a neutral colour, grey suits most people. Lighter shades of grey are usually ideal for complementing soft and romantic colour scheme.

A grey or charcoal suit is highly versatile. We recommend lighter shades of grey for more casual ceremonies whereas the darker shades for more formal ones in the evening!





















Black Suit

The black suit. Extremely formal yet pretty versatile as well (although it might not be the trendiest in this list).
The black suit, being less fancy than the tuxedo but more formal than the grey suit, is well suited for grooms looking to dress it up a little for the dinner reception.





















Khaki/brown or Green Suit

khaki/brown or green suit is fashionable and unique. Perfect for the groom who’d like to standout a little more! It is a great choice for a more casual wedding setting.

Just remember, a darker shade would be a tad more formal than the lighter shade.

Accessories

Now that you know a little more about the different colours for your wedding suit, here’s how to make your outfit a little more “fun” with the use of accessories!

Bowties and pocket squares are great options to add more colour and style to your outfit. If you’d want to show your fun and playful personality, go for brightly coloured and patterned ones. If you prefer a more subdued look, go for darker complementing colour without patterns.

You can match your pocket square with your tie or bowtie but it’s need not be an exact match. Your pocket square should break the monotonous shade of your suit jacket.

Do you know we sell pocket squares as well? You can always decide on your pocket square when you’re at our store for your suit fitting!












You need not fold your pocket square too neatly. Although a wedding is a formal occasion, it’s still considered a party and not a business meeting.

You may use cufflinks for your shirt to customise your suit as well, selecting one which suits your personality and style.

For an old world charm, you can consider wearing suspenders. It’d give you a more casual groom look and are perfect style accessory to include if you’re looking for a bit of cheekiness.












And finally, a point which you probably already know but we can’t help but reiterate is to make sure your shoes match the colour of your belt!

With these information, we hope this article would help you make more informed choices for your wedding suit and how you can style yourself!

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Off the Rack vs Made-to-Meausre vs Bespoke Suit

You need a suit! Be it a wedding suit or a business suit.
You can choose from off the rack suits or go to a tailor to get yours made to measure or bespoke. However, what are the key differences between off the rack, made to measure and bespoke?
How are they different and which option should you go for?
Let us share with you the key differences to help you make a more informed decision!

Off the Rack Suits

Off the rack suits can be cheap but ironically, they can be expensive too! The price is often determined by the brand and the quality of the materials used. Sizes are predetermined and styles are usually made by machines. To achieve mass production, very few manufacturers will produce their suits by hand or sewing machines.

Majority of off the rack suits are fused, not canvassed. Manufacturers prefer the fusing method as it saves money and time (fusing is done by gluing the interlining to the wool shell using heat). However, fused suit jackets lack the support and structure of the canvassed suit jackets.

Alteration is almost always inevitable if you buy an off the rack suit, despite it coming in many patterns and styles. This is so as it can accommodate only that many different body shapes and sizes. Always budget some additional amount of money on alterations if you buy an off the rack
suit. It is also advisable to have some good tailors that can make the necessary alterations for your
suit to make it fit you perfectly.

You will have the least control amongst the three options.

Made to Measure Suits


Made to measure suits are pre-designed but are altered to fit your measures. Made to measure suit is usually made by hand, but it can be made by a machine as well. Fabrics are often of a better quality than off the rack suits but may be of a lower grade compared to bespoke suits.

As the suits are adjusted to your measurements, they are of a better fit than off the rack suits. Prices can be comparable to off the rack suits but are usually lower than bespoke suits.
When buying made to measure suits, expectations would have to be managed as made to measure is not the same as bespoke tailoring.

The degree of control varies considerably. However, it is very possible to get a perfect fit.
You may know more about our tailored suits here.




Bespoke suits


The ultimate tailoring experience is a bespoke suit. This experience will cost you a lot more but you will get a tailored suit that is one of a kind. If done right and with high quality materials, it can even last you a lifetime.

These suits are designed and made by hand by experienced cutters and tailors. You will have to go through rounds of fittings where your measurements will be taken and the suit will be altered until if fits you perfectly. Hence, be prepared to spend a lot more money and time if you opt for the bespoke experience!

As you can expect, going bespoke will offer you the full control.

Now that you have a better idea on what the differences, decide on which would be more suited for your requirements!