If You Own One Suit

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Maybe you are about to graduate college and you need the one suit that will get you through all your job interviews or perhaps you just want to clear out your closet full of boxy, outdated suits, the solution for either case is a modern, versatile suit that will fulfill all your needs.

The current trend in suits has been towards a mélange of 90’s era minimalism and the modern-day obsession with slim.  This present infusion has reached the pinnacle of style in achieving a timelessness and wearability that means it will look as attractive in ten years as it does the day you buy it.

The two most versatile colors for suits are either gray or navy, with gray being the more fashionable choice.  A light-wool, gray suit is the best option because it’s like a blank canvas—anything can be paired with it, allowing more outfit variations with less investment.  Black is also permissible, though it is sometimes considered too ‘flashy’ for certain job interviews.

The trousers should fit snugly around your waist and should be tapered to your leg.  When buying an off the rack suit, it is imperative that you bring it to a good tailor to have it fixed for your body.  A flat front pant will make you look slimmer and is the most modern choice.  If you want a slim leg, which is currently in style, do not hesitate to be explicit in your desires.  Sometimes in more conservative establishments, a tailor may be apprehensive about bringing in the leg too much.  The break and cuff of your pants is highly personal and dependent on your tastes, but if you own only one suit, it’s best to leave the bottoms uncuffed with the trousers ending just above where the heel of the shoe begins.

The jacket, like the pants should outline your body without restricting movement.  The waist should be darted, meaning that it hugs and gives shape to your torso.  Opting for a two-button is a good way to subtly distinguish yourself among a sea of banal three-buttoned suits.  While peak lapels are currently fashionable, a safer bet is a traditional, but slim notched-lapel.

A reasonable range for a first suit is between $500 and $1,000, though it is not impossible to find something for less.  A smashing suit can potentially be a deciding factor of whether you get the job or the girl—or a job from the girl, so investing in a good one is key.


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