How To Choose A Men's Suit
How To Choose A Men's Suit

Ask an Editor: How to Choose a Men’s Suit

Words by Jody Hume | 3.5.15
In need of a style opinion? We’re introducing our Ask An Editor series to answer your pressing questions about style, fashion, authenticity and consignment. For our first installment, we’ve tapped our men’s editor, Category Director Mayola Martinez, to share her next-level knowledge on choosing a men’s suit.MayolaPic
Q: I’m looking for a suit I can wear all spring. What do you recommend?
A: For your go-to spring suit follow these six tips to get you what you need:

1. Fabric

“Wool and wool blends are best for this transitional season. It breathes well, is less prone to wrinkling and will move better with your daily activities. If you prefer cotton, again go for a blend — they have a nice drape and can be less expensive if you’re more budget focused.”

2. Color

“Stick to the new neutrals. Navy is the color of the moment and works well in any wardrobe. Shades of grey are always key as they work well with all skin tones — you can never own enough grey suits. Olive and green are fresh color updates. These hues are strong but subtle and can take you into fall as well.”

3. Pattern 

“Keep it simple. A solid non-solid men’s suit is a great choice. These come in solid colors but have texture built into the fabric. From far away they look like a solid color, but when you get up close you can see the subtle pattern woven into the fabric. If you’re looking for something on-trend, go for Glen plaid or checks. Plaids with two to three colors can be worn often without getting repetitive, plus they can be worn alone for a great sport coat look.”

4. Style: One, Two or Three-Button

“The two-button suit is a go-to standard that works well on all body types. If you’re tall with a more athletic build, a three-button silhouette can create strong lines and a slimmer shape. One-button suits are best for slimmer body types and are an easy style to wear with jeans or chinos for more casual spring events.”

5. Fit

“Fit is one of the most critical aspects of choosing a men’s suit. If you’re deciding between two sizes, go with the smaller size. You want the shoulders to fit snug but not tight, and too much fabric will not look tailored. For sleeve length, it’s also better to go a bit shorter. Showing about 1/4 inch of your shirt sleeve is very appropriate, and a great way to show off monogrammed shirts sleeves or your Rolex watch.”

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6. Designers

“If you’re on a budget, Paul Smith and John Varvatos suits are a good value. If you can spend a bit more, Dior Homme and Dolce & Gabbana are known for great fabrics and design details. If you’re ready to splash out, look for Kiton or Tom Ford.”
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