Buying a suit can be a wonderful experience. Being in a shop with racks of beautiful suits and talking style with a knowledgeable tailor or salesperson is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
But it can also be a challenge. There are tons of factors to consider: the event you’re attending, your audience, what’s currently in your wardrobe (or not), and a host of other things. And as men’s dress has become increasingly casual, fewer men are learning how to navigate this world.
To make our readers’ lives a bit easier, we thought long and hard about the biggest events in a man’s life for which he’ll need to wear a suit. From there, we created targeted, easy-to-follow guides for each. You’ll learn what to look for in terms of color, details, and quality.
Note: You can also visit our Suits Homepage which covers everything you need to know about men’s suits including how to find a great tailor, the anatomy of a suit and more!
In the cases of made-to-measure, custom, and bespoke suits, we’ve included plenty information on the overall process. Lack of familiarity with the process and anxiety about making a bigger-than-average purchase contribute to avoidance of buying suits this way, and our aim is to alleviate that anxiety by creating familiarity.
You may also be wondering if your budget plays a role in any of the advice we give in these articles. While it’s impossible for it to not influence your buying decisions, as a rule we feel that everyone should be able to be well-dressed. Our advice on buying suits is the same as we would give for any product: buy the best quality that you can afford. If this means you buy a $150 suit but have it tailored to look like a $2000 one, all the better.
As Giuseppe from An Affordable Wardrobe used to say, “Penury Is Not A Excuse.”
No matter which event you’re considering buying a suit for, we suggest that you first take a look at our capsule wardrobe article. If you start with a capsule wardrobe, you’ll end up covering your bases for at least three of these categories right off the bat.
Suit Buying Guides
- First Suit
- Job Interview
- Online (includes specific information on eBay and online made-to-measure and off-the-rack suits)
- Off The Rack
- How To Care For A Suit
Conclusion: Rounding Out Your Style
Buying a great suit is only one aspect of looking good. Truly stylish men consider the image they present from numerous angles, and we have guides for just about all of them.
As you have the time and inclination, we cordially invite you to take a look through these guides to round out your knowledge on how to present your best self to the world every day, with ease: