5 Mistakes When Shopping For A Suit

A short list of common errors to avoid in buying a suit for the inexperienced user.

Since suits are normally used for important occasions, treat your buying experience with respect by avoiding these commons gaffes in selecting the proper suit.

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Proper-fitting suit

1. Wearing a t-shirt, sneakers, jeans or shorts for a fitting
Unless you plan to wear an undershirt and sneakers with the suit, arrive at the store attired in long-sleeve shirt and dress shoes. If you are going to invest time and money in a suit, don’t squander your time at the store by having to find a shirt and shoes before you try on the suits.

2. Skimping on tailoring
Tailoring is part of buying a suit. The cost of alterations can cause sticker-shock to the ready-to-wear department-store buyer. Be prepared to include tailoring as part of the cost a well-tailored suit.

3. Following the latest trend
Suits are a costly investment meant to be worn for important occassions, or to give a professional image over many years. What is in fashion now will look dated in a few years, so the money spent on trendy suits will look silly in a few years.

4. Buying suits a size too big
Looking like you’r wearing a burlap sack doesn’t impress anyone in the right way. A well-tailored suit tells the people you are meeting, they are important enough that you took the time to prepare in a professional manner and they will take your presentation more seriously.

5. Being in a rush
Custom-made suits take months to be created. Don’t expect to walk out of the store of the store looking perfect after only ten minutes of shopping. Unless you have a lot of experience in buying suits, finding the right one for the occassional buyer takes time and effort.