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Suit Buying 101

As young men get older, they want to ditch their baggy shirts and jeans for suits and more dress attire. The problem is most men don't know where to start with shopping for a suit. For one it is expensive if you start thinking about the tailored made route. Some of you just want a suit for special occasions; funerals and weddings, which means you don't want to spend that much. You don't have to have a tailored made suit to make a suit look good. 
The first important steps to buying a suit is getting your right measurements. You can stop by any men's clothing store to get measured for free. Take advantage of them because it is their job to properly measure you. 
A standard suit off the rack is a difference of 6 inches. Meaning if a jacket is a 42'' then the waist will be a 36''.  This could work for most men but realistically there are some men who are either smaller up top or bigger down bottom. This is the reason that getting measured is important. Most retailers will sell suit separates so that you can buy the jacket and the pant individually if you don't fit into the 6 inch drop. 
Not all  suits are created equal. Well, they are in the sense that they’re all created by machines and cheaply, but that doesn’t make them necessarily the same. If you’re in a retailer's separates section looking to score a deal on multiple suits, find the most expensive model that you can afford. Now check the shoulder. Is it all puffy and puckered at the seam like a Vatican Swiss Guard’s uniform? Because that’s not what you want. Put that one back down. You want a jacket where the line from the shoulder to the sleeve is as smooth and uniform as possible with no puckering. I doubt you’ll find a perfect line like you would on a hand-sewn garment, but you’d be surprised. Either way, you’ll find something that looks better than most guys who bought a suit before reading this! Lol
Next is how the jacket fits. When buttoned, does the jacket hang evenly? Now look at the collar to see that it lays flat without puckering and has a bit of stiffness to it. Put your arms in the sleeves. Are they fully lined all the way to the cuff? Inferior jackets skip this step, and they can be a real pain to slide on and off.
As for pants,you have two options: Pleated and Non-Pleated. Most guys that are younger are going to go for non pleated, which is totally fine. When Going with a non- pleated pant just make sure it is not gathering around the crotch area, that's a BIG NO-NO! You want to make sure the pants are smooth going from the waist all the way down to your cuff. Pleated pants are the pants that have a little more room to move around it. You just want to make sure that your pleats don't look too baggy. 
When you go to cuff your pants make sure they are not below you heel. They should be tailored to either fall above the heel of you show or between the top and heel of your shoe. 
The single turn off when someone looks at a man in a suit is an ill-fitted suit. Whether it be too baggy or too tight. Having a suit tailored is one of the most essential parts of buying a suit that men like to skip past. 
Although you provide exact measurements to a sales associate there are always small things that a tailor can see that can make your suit look 10 times better. A sales associate won't know that one of your shoulders drops lower than the other or one of your arms is longer than the other. Having alterations done may cost a little penny but its worth the money to have a perfect fitting suit. 

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