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With so many options on Suit Junky, we know it can be a little overwhelming when you're trying to design your first suit, so we've put together a little guide on the basic essentials that will get you through your first design.
Suits can come in several variations – based on the number of buttons, vents and lapels (more on those later). The classic single breasted suit has two to three buttons whilst a classic double breasted comes with 4 or 6. The single breasted is what most people think of when they hear the word suit. They look good on most men and are super versatile. A double-breasted is more formal but on smaller guys can look a little overwhelming.
One-button: A one button suit is super stylish but probably can’t be pulled off in the office. Think more cocktail bar.
Two-button: These are the best of both worlds as they can be used in both social and business environments.
Three-button: Whilst appropriate for both business and social, these are considered less stylish than two-button suits. They look great on taller men.
Four- or more buttons: These can look strange in an office environment so keep these for your evening wear.
If you’re extra tall, go for a single breasted with three buttons. This will draw attention away from your height and lead it to all the right places. Jacket pockets with flaps will help you here as they break up the suit fabric, making you look shorter.
Shorter guys should opt for a single breasted with one or two buttons. Trust us. It will create a deeper ‘V’ for your torso and give you the illusion of an elongated silhouette.
If you’re on the rounder side, think about a six-buttoned double breasted suit. It will make you look narrower.
Handy Hint: If you’re going for double breasted, you’ll need two vents. It’s just how it goes.
There are three basic lapel styles; notched, peaked and shawl. Not all lapels go with all suits, so you should make sure that you reach some sort of style cohesion to avoid looking clueless. Traditionally shawl lapels are reserved for black tie dinner events and peaked lapels work best with double-breasted suits (although some designers like Armani and Reiss are working to change this). Also take into consideration your body type. Wider guys will pull off wide lapels and slim men need to make sure their lapels are in proportion.
Notched: The notched lapel is the most common lapel. And with good reason. It’s super versatile. Although not recommended for double-breasted suits, it goes with that every-day business suit and will never look out of place. All body types can pull off the notched lapel although be sure to slim it down if you’re not a big guy.
Peaked: The peaked lapel harks back to the 1920s and is making a comeback in a big way. Some people may think that the peaked lapel is for formal occasions only, but feel free to rock it out in the office if you have enough confidence.
Shawl: You might feel like Hugh Hefner with this lapel, and rightly so. It originated in the Victorian times on the smoking jackets and robes for distinguished gentlemen. Nowadays they are reserved for tuxedos, unless you are very confident and looking for a less-formal dinner suit. In which case, try it. We dare you.
We’ve all seen those people. They’ve borrowed a suit for an interview and it just does. not. fit. And it looks terrible. Here’s how to tell if your suit ain’t fittin’ right.
1) Your shoulder pads extend beyond the tips of your shoulders. This isn’t the 80’s.
2) More than one inch of break at the feet. If your pants are too long, this will pool around your ankles and make you look scruffy.
3) The bottom of your jacket extends below the knuckle on your first thumb.
4) You can’t see your shirt cuffs.
5) The front of your suit does not lay flat or the button is straining. Either you’ve packed on a couple of kilos or your suit wasn’t measures properly. Sorry.
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