How to choose the right suit

If you haven’t bought a suit in a while, or it is your first time, there are a few things you need to know about choosing the right option for you.

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You can start with ensuring you have the right measurements, and these you can take yourself, or you can have done in store, or at a tailor. Once you know what size you are, the real fun starts!

Choose your type

There are so many different types of suits available, and with double-breasted jackets now back in fashion, you have even more available options. It is, of course, important to choose a suit that works with your body shape, so bear that in mind too.

Just some of the many options available include skinny, close-fitting suits with very tapered legs, slim suits that have a trimmed waistline and tailored suits that are more contemporary and are ideal for everyday wear.

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There are also the more classic styles that are all-purpose, and the more formal styles that are really suited to special occasions rather than everyday wear. When you choose your type of suit consider what you will be wearing it for, and whether the purpose you are buying a suit for suits the style you choose.

Choose your fabric and colour

The colour of your suit is important, and if you opt for a very standard charcoal or dark navy you can always add a splash of colour with Farah shirts like those available at This way, you’ll also get more wear out of your suit, as it is more versatile.

If however, you want to really stand out you can go for a suit in a brighter hue, and with a texture too. Beware however of opting for a fabric that is too shiny, especially if your suit is for daytime business wear, or for a wool blend that is too heavy and warm. 100% wool suits give a more luxurious look, and are ideal for occasion wear, while poly viscose is perfect for day to day wear.

Once you have these choices down, you can decide on the number of buttons you prefer, whether you want vents or not and what type of lapels will suit your build. A lining is also an important choice and one that needs careful consideration too.