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Expert advice on what to look for when buying an expensive suit

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When it comes to shopping for a stylish suit, it takes a lot of thought and a good eye for fashion. A suit is a wardrobe necessity for almost every man so it is worth investing a little more in a couple. You can wear a suit to the office, a wedding, christenings and even on a date! If you opt for a cheap suit, it is likely you will be replacing it in a few years, so it is worth spending more to grab quality suits.

Not everyone knows exactly what to look for when it comes to buying a new suit… And how can other people tell that you’re wearing the best? CT shirts, experts in suit design, have created this guide to make your purchase the right one.

 

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The materials

When it comes to suits, the materials used determine the quality of the suit and how long they will be around for.

It is best to avoid suits with labels that state it has been created with a wool-blend or man-made materials, instead go for natural fibres. You should avoid Polyester as it retains a lot of heat, is less breathable and creases easily. A suit with 100% wool is something that you should look out for — these suits are versatile and ooze comfort. For a lustre look, often silk or mohair (a silk-like material made from the hair of the Angora goat) is added and this gives a luxurious shine to black suits For extra movement and comfort, a high-quality suit is often made with a small amount of Lycra and this improves its elasticity.

The ‘Super’ value is also an indicator on the finery of the material. The Super is a way of indicating that the wool is of high quality and the higher the number, the finer and lighter the cloth will be.

Not many people will go as far as considering the suit buttons and whether they are made from a durable material. Plastic buttons are prone to breakage and chipping — imagine if you brush against a wall or table, it will be the buttons that take the impact. Another high-quality material that is often used for making durable and long-lasting suit buttons is corozo nuts.

 

The design

Over time, a suit should mould to your individual body shape to convey a look that is truly unique.

Some weaves are considered as higher end than others, but this choice is largely personal preference. The patterns are created in the suit by interweaving different coloured threads in different ways. The ‘twill’ weave is considered to be stylish — this has a diagonal line of raised fabric and a silk-looking finish. The ‘herringbone’ also gives a smart look— this is an intricate V weave that creates a smooth feel.

Canvassed suit jackets are a popular choice, they’re created with layers of material that sit between the outer suit fabric and the inner lining. This tailoring technique helps the suit maintain structure and shape. What you should look out for is a ‘floating canvas’ — this is where the middle layer has been stitched to the fabric loosely so that the suit is able to mould to your body shape and move when you move.

Look at the lining of a suit for a clear sign on how well it has been made. Despite popular belief that an unlined suit is cheaper than a fully lined one, it actually takes more effort to create an unlined suit as the stitching and cut of the material is exposed. However, lined sleeves improve your ability to slide the jacket on and off.

 

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The details

A well-informed shop assistant will be able to help guide you through your purchase, identifying which tiny details of the garments have the most impact on the style and fit. It can be the tailor’s own way of integrating quality into their work.

The suit lapels are the folds on either side of the opening across the chest. One detail that can indicate the quality of a suit is the lapel roll — this is the fall and curl of the lapel from the collar to the first button. If the suit is one of many rolled off a production line, it is likely that the lapel will be completely flat against the jacket and the roll will be almost non-existent. In a high-quality suit however, the lapel roll will look like it has been carefully curved — giving the jacket more texture and a better appearance.

The back vents will determine how freely you can move around in the suit, and most importantly they will determine how comfortable the garment is. Choose suit jackets with twin back vents on the back of the jacket to improve its flexibility and range of movement.

Another feature to look out for on a suit is the stalk loops. This is a traditional tailoring feature which neatly keeps your flower stalk tucked away. Although it may not be a necessary feature for everyone, it shows attention to detail that’s likely to be an indicator of a good suit.

Look at the buttonholes carefully. Cheaper suits can often have frayed buttonholes as they haven’t been stitched with delicacy. Small details like this are big giveaways as to how your suit has been made.

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Spring/Summer Menswear Ideas

I know many men do not really enjoy shopping. Well not like we ladies do anyway. Many of us can easily spend the entire day shopping, if possible, but that is usually not the case with the men. They usually know what they want, and go straight for it. Unlike us women, who can spend the whole day window shopping and trying out various pieces and accessories, only to end up buying nothing, lol. And that is one of the reasons why online shopping is very popular with the gents.

The men I know in real life do not enjoy shopping around but they enjoy rocking stylish pieces like these shirts here from Jacamo Website. One thing I like about the Jacamo Website is the fact that I can shop pieces from various brands. It saves me the time spent going from 1 website to the other, and it also saves money on the delivery costs as the pieces are just from 1 store.

Here are a few menswear pieces that have recently caught my eye. There are all from 3 different brands, and I think they look trendy.

 

Timberland Millers River Pique Stripe Polo

 

This is one polo shirt that should be in every man’s wardrobe this spring/summer. I think it is really stylish, and I love the fact that it is made with quality pique cotton fabric. This piece would be a fantastic wardrobe addition this season. I think it is a beauty and it definitely screams QUALITY! It would look great on a pair of jeans.

 

 

Flintoff by Jacamo Chambray Shirt Long

 

I love anything denim, so as expected, this Chambray Shirt caught my eye immediately. I think it looks great, and so bang on trend. It would look amazing paired with a black pair of jeans and some white trainers.

 

Label J Print Sleeve Polo Long

 

This stylish print sleeve polo shirt from the Label J Collection, features short sleeves with a check pattern and contrast front and back. It is a perfect shirt to take you from day-to-night effortlessly, and would look stylish paired with almost anything.

 

What do you think of these pieces? Which is your favourite? Would you style your man in any of them?

Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

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A Man in a Suit

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So today I bring to you a different outfit post. The M has taken over!!

There is nothing dapper than a man in a suit, a man in a well fitted suit always looks good. There are so many suit designers and shops around today, but it can be very hard to find quality amongst them. Many are not as good as they should be and that is the reason we have many men walking around in ill fitted suits. Honestly,  I do a double take at some suits I see. There is nothing worse than an ill-fitted suit!

Dobell got in touch with Fashion and Style Police some weeks ago, and offered me the golden opportunity to select some pieces for a man in my life and I was super excited. It is a blog takeover kind of, with M strutting his fashion stuff this week and I am enjoying it.

For those who have never heard of Dobell before, it is a leading online formal wear store for men and boys of all ages, established in 2003. It was voted best value formal wear in the UK by the Daily Mail, and the pieces and design speak for themselves. This is a quality brand right here.

This was my first time shopping on the Dobell website and I found it super easy to navigate my way through. I was also spoilt for my choice, there were so many options to choose from but I finally settled on a contemporary suit (blazer, trousers and waistcoat), a red silk twill tie, and a light blue shirt. I was happy to see them look so dapper on the mister. I went for this contemporary look because it is always in fashion and it is so easy to style.

 

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The quality of this suit and the fine tailoring is impeccable. I am in love.

I recommend Dobell 100%. These guys definitely know their stuff!

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His shoes are also giving me life right now. I am so into quality shoes at the moment. There is nothing as cool as a man or woman rocking cool stylish shoes.

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WHAT M WORE

All pieces  c/o Dobell

Black Shoes – Baker Shoes

 

 

 

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