It’s easy to see why buying a suit can seem daunting. After all, it’s probably the most intricately constructed piece in your wardrobe. Ours are crafted from high quality fabrics and are the product of over 150 manufacturing steps. But that’s where the complexity ends. Follow this simple guide and build your next suit look like a pro.
STEP 1: HOW TO TRY ON A SUIT
Airy linen or stretch-cotton. Window check or classic black. Whatever style you choose, it has to fit! Luckily there are easy ways to tell whether your suit’s doing its job. Go through our fitting-room checklist, and never buy an ill-fitting suit again.
Ideally try on your suit with a shirt. Button the top button of your blazer. Stand with a natural but upright stance, letting your arms hang by your side.
The seam where the blazer’s shoulder panel meets the sleeve should sit where your shoulder meets your arm. The shoulder padding should lie flat.
It should rest against your shirt collar – you don’t want a big gap behind your neck. The blazer’s back panel should sit cleanly on your upper back.
No big gaping – they should sit flat on your chest. Push your flat hand between the lapel and your chest. The space should be snug, but your hand should fit in with ease.
If you can see big wrinkle lines shooting out from your fastened top button, the waist is too tight. The right size will drape cleanly and our subtle tapering will give you that all-important V-shaped silhouette.
Wear them higher than your jeans – ideally at your waist. The right size should fit comfortably here, with a natural drape around your buttocks. Trouser length is a matter of taste.
If going up or down a size doesn’t resolve any of the above, remember that we have two suit fittings. Ask a member of staff for help.
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STEP 2: HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SHIRT COLLAR
The Point collar is a style that will look just as great with Friday night drinks as it does over Monday morning emails. Wear it with or without a tie. Closed or open top buttons – it can handle the lot.
Growing ever more versatile, the Button-down can now be worn relaxed or formal. Wear it open, buttoned or – contrary to tradition – with a tie, but keep your knot small. Ditch it for very formal events.
A heritage design that always looks contemporary. The Spread works best with a tie, creating a clean frame for knots, but it can be worn without. Choose this for formal and smart-casual occasions.
This trend-turned-staple collar, with origins stretching back to the early 1900s, is surprisingly versatile. Dress it up under a blazer or, on sweltering days, open its top buttons and roll up the sleeves.
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STEP 3: HOW TO WORK WITH ACCESSORIES
THE CLASSIC TIE
The right tie will always elevate your look, but you can go wrong. If your suit is patterned, stick to block colours – and always go darker than your shirt. Try a knitted version for added character.
THE POCKET SQUARE
This will give your suit look that extra layer of detail – a strong final touch most will only reach for in upmarket situations, but it’s entirely down to your sense of style. One rule: never match it to your tie.
Some use belts as a focal point. However, understatement is the way to go with tailoring. Function over form – slim leather with a clean buckle. A good tip, if you’re wearing formal shoes, is to match them to your belt.
THE BOW TIE
Once reserved for tuxedo wearers and the eccentric, the bow tie is now simply an on-trend alternative. The same classic-tie rules apply. If it fits your style, you can work it into formal or smart-casual looks alike.
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