Where can I get suit measurements?

Question by twstedlogic: Where can I get suit measurements?
Alright, so Ive never actually worn a suit. I’m a college student and I usually just wear a dress shirt, slacks and tie for whenever I have some kind of interview. But its about time I get atleast ONE suit (jacket, pants). Firstly, can anyone explain the basics of buying a suit….does a suit always come with pants or..separately? Where can I get measured? Does stores like macys do it for free? And when I buy a suit…what should be looking out for? As in..what are the features of a GOOD suit?

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Answer by gill_cheque
First, let’s start with the definition of a suit: a suit is a jacket and pants cut from the same bolt of cloth. Anything else would be considered a sport coat and slacks ensemble. Traditionally, suits are “nested,” meaning that the jacket and pants are sold together. In this case, the suit usually comes with a “6 inch drop,” which means that the pants size is six inches less than the jacket size (i.e. a size 40 suit comes with size 34 pants). Because the suit pants are matched already, you may be limited in what suits you can buy, depending on how much the pants may need to be let out or taken in. On most dress pants, they may be let out or taken in up to two inches in the waist and seat. If the pants need to be taken in more than two inches, then a “re-cut” of the pants may be done, but this is expensive and often times needs a second or third fitting to get the alteration done properly, due to it being so-call major surgery to the pants.

Nowadays, suit separates are also available. In this case, you will be able to purchase whatever jacket size you need and whatever pants size you need, thus circumventing the need for altering the pants. For example, a guy who wears a 40 jacket, but has a size 30 waist may want to buy suit separates and avoid drastic alterations for the pants. In general, there is no inheirent difference between the quality of a separates suit and a nested suit.

Another feature to pay attention to in a suit is the fabric. Natural fibers make better suits, the most common natural fibers for suits being wool, cotton, and linen. Linen makes a very casual suit, and probably is not the best choice for your only suit. The same can be said of a cotton suit, though it is a great option to have in the summertime, when a lot of weddings take place.

However, if you’re only going to have one suit, your best bet is to get a suit made of 100% worsted wool. Worsted wool is surprisingly breathable–even in the warmest months–and is exceptionally durable. While it may wrinkle as you wear it, the wrinkles will always release, whether the suit is just hung in the closet or steam pressed after it is worn. Also note that unless you have soiled the suit, don’t dry clean the suit more than once every six wears. Simply have it steam pressed and make sure it is hung properly on a hanger made of cedar wood.

Also pay attention to the quality of construction of the suit. More often than not, you will find suits that have “fused construction,” which is basically hot glued. The pieces of the suit that will be fused will usually be the shoulders and the chest pieces. Stitched construction will last longer than fused construction, and the reason for this is fusing will often start to bubble over time and disrupt the lay of the suit. Yes, stitched construction is preferable, most suits that you find in retail stores nowadays are fused, but a fused suit will be just fine for the sorts of occasions that you will likely need the suit for.

You should also pay attention to how far down the chest piece of the suit goes. A longer chest piece will keep the suit in a better shape–and I mean the actual shape of the suit–for longer. a lot of times on less expensive suits, the chest piece will only extend as far down as the pectoral muscles, when you want it to go all the way down to the pockets. You will be able to feel this by pinching the suit on the inside and outside and running your fingers down the front and feeling a little bump where the chest piece ends.

When you feel ready to actualy go shopping for a suit, I’d strongly recommend a suit that is a darker medium gray. This color is exceptionally versatile, being appropriate for interviews, presentations, weddings and (God forbid) funerals. It works with every color shirt, tie, and shoe.

Make sure, too, that you are being fitted properly. A suit should fit close to the shoulders, so that the edges of the shoulder pads make ninety degree angles with your triceps. If it is too tight in the shoulders and chest, you will see buckling in the lapels. If it’s too loose in the shoulders, you’ll see fabric bunching at your shoulder blades. If the suit feels too loose or too tight in the middle, near your abdoman, this can often be tailored, and is no reason to eschew the suit entirely. Fit brings us another category of quality. When you have to suit jacket on, you should get a reasonable amount of movement when you lift your arms. Sometimes, though, you feel as though you are being constricted as you move, and it may feel as though the jacket is too small. It is highly likely that the armholes are simply cut too low on the suit.

Rolling this all into a nutshell: suit separates or a nested are just fine, unless you’ll need a lot of alterations; 100% worsted wool will never fail you; a fused suit is also going to be just fine; gray is a great starting color; make sure you get the proper fit, even if it means tailoring.

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