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What to Look for When Buying a Suit

Before we talk about the purchasing part, let’s talk about what a defines a suit.  A suit is a jacket and pants that are made from the same material.  Dockers and a navy jacket don’t count.  A pair of pants with a similar jacket does not count.  Don’t try and fake it.  

I remember the last time I went suit shopping with Matt, and I can describe it in one word – torture.  But the truth is that purchasing a suit is kind of a big deal, especially given the cost.

What to Look for When Purchasing a Suit.

  1. Retailer.  Choose a reputable retailer – one that gets to know you, your likes and dislikes, and will spend time helping you choose the right style of suit for your needs.
  2. Quality.  When it comes to quality, you are looking both at the fabric and the workmanship.  If you want a superior quality suit, purchase one that is 100% wool.  When it comes to workmanship, check the lining, stitching, and canvassing.  
  3. Fit.  You are not going to be able to purchase it and then walk out of the store; your suit will need alterations to achieve the proper fit.  As you try on suits, make sure both the shoulder and thigh are not snug because these two areas do not have extra fabric, making alterations difficult.  On the other hand, the waist size, pant length, and sleeve length can be custom fitted to you by a talented seamstress or tailor.
  4. Alterations.  Most specialty stores have a tailor on staff, but if they don’t, feel free to call on one of our locations.  Many A Cleaner World locations have a seamstress or tailor on staff or one that rotates through, and an experienced seamstress or tailor can help you take an off-the-rack suit and make it look like you spent a fortune on a custom-made suit without breaking the bank.

Purchasing a new suit is both a time and monetary investment, but it can go smoothly if you do your due diligence.  Just by selecting both a reputable retailer and alterations specialist to guide you through, the process will be much more enjoyable.  

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