How To Buy A Suit (Hint: It’s All About The Shoulders)

How To Buy A Suit (Hint: It’s All About The Shoulders)

Just like dress shoes, getting the right fit is paramount when buying a suit. These interactive graphics from Complex take the mystery out of buying a suit that fits, whether you’re looking for a single-breasted, double-breasted or three-piece suit.

One important tip when trying on suits is to forget about the ones where the shoulders don’t fit perfectly (the pads or edges should end at your shoulders). SuitSupply experts via Complex say that if the shoulders don’t fit, the tailoring will be more trouble than it’s worth.

Other gems of advice from these suit experts:

  • When pairing ties with your suit, the width of your tie should correspond to the notch label.
  • If the button is low on your suit, it can make your torso appear longer and also show off your suit and tie better.
  • Don’t button the bottom button of your suit.

Hit up the link below for the interactive graphics with more suit-fitting tips, a few of which we’ve noted previously. The following graphic from the tailoring experts at Samuel Windsor is also worth a look.

[Via Complex]


  • Good advice, except for the guy’s pants being ridiculously short. Seriously, leaving an inch of space between the hem and shoe?? Are you trying to look like Steve Urkel? The back of the hem should finish just above the start of the sole of the shoe, no more, no less.

    • Agree, the other clue to length is the front pants crease about mid-shin should break as the hem rests on the front of your shoe. And the pants are skinny in style. A classic style would have been more generous in material, rather than this cigarette leg cut.

      Also, this guys suit is just a bit tight and out of proportion for a classic look.

      The jacket’s shoulders should be broader to match the side of his upper arms. The length of the jacket should also reach just to about where he would wear a ring on his middle finger. The jacket is too tight around his waist – you can see the creasing at the sides starting to form above his jacket pockets. The arms of the jacket match the shirt length however his shirt is too short in the arms and should rest at the top of his wrist – so the shirt and jacket sleeves need to both be 2-3cm longer.

      The jacket lapel is on the narrow side to be a classic style but is more reminiscent of the current trend harking back to the 1960’s skinny fashion.

      Overall the suit looks like the fitter/designer was trying to save money on material.

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