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Suits & Jackets - sharp formals

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Suits & Jackets - Sharp Formals

While choosing your dream suit, the most important place to start is at the beginning- by figuring out exactly what you need your suit for. Fabrics & details such as the cut & trims play an important role in selections. Be it a conservative pinstripe for work or a dressier black for the evening, the most important part of buying a suit is finding one that fits like a glove. Take a quick glance at our video to learn how to suit up best!

Button Type

Suit buttons are an important element to look for while you are selecting your dream suit. Choose this feature correctly to suit your body type as the number of buttons & their positioning on your suit jacket will determine the fit and the cut. Here's a quick look at the button options available & how they enhance a suit.

  • Single Button

    Slick One-button suits are best suited for eveningwear. However, they are also seen in office suits.For a slimming & streamlined appearance, a Single Button placed somewhere near the waist works well.

    Tip: When standing up the button should always be done up. Undo the button while seated.

  • Double Button

    You'll never go wrong wearing a Double or Two-button suit as it's both classic and completely modern. Complementing all body shapes, particularly men with shorter torsos, these are the easiest to wear of all the buttoned varieties. Two-buttons are an all-day, any-day suit, depending on the fabric.

    Tip: Only fasten the top button of your two button jacket.

  • Multiple Buttons

    This fashionable suit is a derivation of the classic two button suitsometimes with more than 3 buttons. This feature flatters men of a medium or tall build. Shorter builds tend to look stout in this suit.

    Tip: Never fasten the last button; instead button up the top two or just the middle button.

Fit Type

Suit fits are a matter of personal taste. However, to look your best you may want to opt for fits that suit your body type best. Be it a stylish slim fit or the classic regular, it is important that a suit fits you perfectly.

  • Slim Fit

    For a slimming & streamlined appearance, the Slim Fit suit is the best option. This modern suit is stylish and sharp, typically feature a tapered waist, slim and slightly tapered legs, and a narrow shoulders. This style is especially flattering on men with a slim build but can give anyone a modern, trimmed-down silhouette.

    Tip: A regular tie can appear too bulky or wide underneath a slim-fit suit, so opt for a skinny tie instead.

  • Regular Fit

    A well-fitted two-button suit is both classic and completely modern. Suit shoulders should fit snugly and look neat. The jacket should button easily without straining or gaping . A sign of the perfect jacket length is that you should be able to easily cup your hands beneath the hem of the jacket. Sleeves should be long enough to show some cuff. Trousers legs should look flattering, being neither too tight nor too loose with very little break at the ankle or a cuff work well with this jacket

Pattern type:

The pattern of your suit defines more than just the occasion at which it is worn. While Solid suits are easier to wear, the patterned suit is best kept subtle.

  • Striped

    Stripes tend to make one look taller. For most builds, it is best to avoid bold stripes and go with either a fine-line pinstripe or a soft chalk stripe. These are subtle & give the suit a more sophisticated look. While a solid shirt or tie is best suited with a striped suit, a pin-striped shirt is generally better with a chalk-striped suit and vice-versa. Common Stripe Patterns : Pinstripe & Chalk Stripe patterns.

  • Checked

    Despite it's patterned nature, the check suit is rather versatile, depending on the strength of the pattern.It's possible to team a subtle pinstriped shirt & paisley tie with a light checked suit. While wearing bolder checks, it is safest to wear solid shirts & ties. One can also opt to style a check suit as separates-checked jacket with solid trousers. Common Check pattern : Prince of Wales Check or Plaid is traditionally woollen and is composed of woven smalland large checks with a houndstooth weave at the intersection of the pattern.

  • Solid

    The solid suit is neither striped or checked. Commonly worn formally, the solid suit is black, navy or grey. Conservative & easy to wear, this type can be worn with striped or checked shirts & ties to suit any occasion. Besides wool & blends, cotton & corduroy suits are often solid as well.

Fabric Type:

For figure control & a confidence boost, Shape Wear is always a great choice. The correct Shape Wear can make almost any outfit look amazing. Here's a look at a few options of the versatile & figure-sculpting shapewear.

  • Cotton

    Cotton suits are great in the summer, as the breathable fabric keeps you cool. Khaki is probably the best-known of the summer suits, while other options include seersucker and whipcord.

  • Wool

    The finest wool used for suits is Worsted Wool, with a high thread count. These suits are considered the most versatile & are long lasting, with good care. Other common wool types are Tweed & Flannel, ideal for colder climates.

  • Blended Polyester

    Blended Polyester suits have similar qualities as wool & are ideal if you are seeking to cut costs. A polyester and wool blend suit makes an acceptable choice as it is easy to care for & doesn't wrinkle. Be sure to air out a Blended Suit as it doesn't breathe very well.

  • Linen

    Linen is usually used for summer suits since it is lightweight and stylish, especially when cut slim & sharply. The only drawback is that this suit creases easily, so it is not ideal to travel with.

  • Support Tights

    Silk, Cashmere, Tweed, Flannel, Poplin and Seersucker are other suit materials which could also be used seasonally or as stylish alternatives to the classic wool suit.

Vent Type

Vents are convenient, particularly when using pockets or sitting down, to improve the hang of the jacket. Here's a closer look at what's on offer

  • Side Vents

    Considered European in style, suits with side vents are statement making and are an alternative take on the classic center vent.

  • Center Vent

    This is considered a safe & traditional vent. Symetrically placed, the centre vent is unobtrusive and keeps the lines of the suit clean and simple.

  • No Vent

    An unvented jacket provides a cleaner line from shoulder to pant cuff. A detail of European suit styling, no vents in the back along with more tapering of the waist gives the suit a pronounced V silhouette.However, one should be cautious of creasing at the bottom of the jacket when one sits down.

Lapel Type

Suit buttons are an important element to look for while you are selecting your dream suit. Choose this feature correctly to suit your body type as the number of buttons & their positioning on your suit jacket will determine the fit and the cut. Here's a quick look at the button options available & how they enhance a suit.

  • Notched Lapel

    The Notched Lapel is sewn to the collar at an angle, creating a step effect. This is the standard collar feature on suits, and is most commonly used. The size of the notch can vary.

  • Peaked Lapel

    The peaked lapel is elegant and makes a style statement. Although commonly seen on single breasted jackets, the Peaked Lapel is the most formal feature on double breasted jackets. A peak lapel will draw the eyes out to the shoulders,accentuating the V-shape of the suit.

  • Shawl Lapel

    The shawl lapel or roll collar is a continuous curve of fabric. An old style,making a comeback with the formal evening jacket, the Shawl Lapel looks great when teamed with a bow tie.

Suit Type

The perfect suit ensures you look razor sharp at every given opportunity. It's always a great idea to do a little research before you decide on the right type for you. Get the inside on the classic Single Breasted & the confident Double Breasted.

  • Single Breasted

    A jacket having fronts that overlap only enough for a single row of buttons is classicfied as a Single Breasted Jacket. One-button, two- button or more are the usual options. Single Breasted Suits are worn both at work and at formal occasions.

  • Double Breased

    Although this suit looks best on the trim and tall built frame, it suits all shapes. It is very important to keep the suit entirely buttoned up at all times or else the jacket could look quite flouncy if worn open. The Double-breasted is traditionally worn as a business suit.

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