When I set out to write this post, the first thing that came to my mind was Barney Stinson and the song from episode ‘Girls VS Suits’ in How I Met Your Mother.
“Girls will go and girls will come
But there’s only one absolute
Every bro on the go needs to know
That there’s no accepted substitute”
This a verse from the song he sings, when a girl he is wooing asks him to choose between suits and her. I have to agree, there is something so sexy about a man in well fitted suit, that there really is no substitute!
While it may not be possible to ‘Suit Up’ on every occasion like Barney, when you do need to buy a suit, it’s important to get the fit right. Having spent time buying suits every few months with Mr. H, I learnt a few things which I’d like to share with you.
- Number one rule: If the shoulder doesn’t fit right, the size is wrong! The shoulder pads should neither protrude from the sides, nor let the sleeve be pulled into your arm. A very simple tip to check is, stand sideways against a wall. If the shoulder pad touches the wall before your arm does, the suit is not your size!
- Second thing to keep in mind is the sleeve length. Contrary to popular belief, the sleeve should reach just the start of your thumb and not meet it half way. About 1/4 to 1/2 an inch of your shirt should be visible when you are standing at ease.
- Number three on your checklist is the fit on the torso. If you are blessed with broad shoulders and a pack of abs, you can simply get the waist of the suit tapered, to fit you. But for lesser mortals, keep one thing in mind; the button should close easily. This means without making the lapels fold outward, this shows it too tight. On the other hand, if more than your fist gets in after closing the button, it’s too loose!
- Length is the last and final thing to keep in mind before you give the sales rep your credit card! When standing at ease, the length should not be more than quarter past the palm of your hand. These days shorter suit jackets are in, so if the rest fits well, you can choose a slightly shorter suit.
Keep these 4 simple rules in mind and go get the perfect fit!
Where to buy them:
Not everyone can afford a Tom Ford, so until then you can try Blackberry, Allen Solly and Arrow they have some great textures and fits. If you think you cannot find your size and prefer a bespoke suit, try Raymond’s Made to Measure.
PS: I hope you enjoyed the post! Since this space is slightly new for us, we’d love your comments and contributions. If you think you have a great sense of style as a man, we’d love to have you write a guest post!
Note: Picture taken off the internet