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A man’s guide to buying a suit

A man’s guide to buying a suit

A man’s guide to buying a suit

At least once in every man's life he should find himself wearing a suit that fits him like a suave spymaster of a glove. You may not wear it every single day to work, you may not even wear it once a year but for that one time (or multiple times) that you do feel 'smart', you should at least know how to do it right.

We spoke to ASOS' Design Director John Mooney for his top tips and splashing the cash on something that will not only last but be remembered...

Don’t be driven by pricepoint

The more expensive it is doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to feel more comfortable in it. For many guys a suit is quite an alien thing, the last thing you want is for the suit to wear you. Try varying pricepoints, think of the fabric you’re after… and how much of an investment you truly want to make. Is this a 1 wear a year suit or will it be rolled out on multiple occasions?

ASOS, Skinny suit in navy, £125


Make it fit

If you’re unsure of your size: either measure up and check against the size guide or order a few sizes to try on and return.  

ASOS Super Skinny Suit Jacket InDogstooth, £125


Get some inspiration

Have a look on Instagram and see what other guys are wearing. Remember the suit is only the beginning, it’ll only be as good as the shirt, shoes and tie you also select. 

Heart & Dagger Ombre Check SuitJacket in Super Skinny Fit, £160


Understand the lingo

Do you want 1 button single breasted? 2 button single breasted, double breasted, peak collar, notch collar? Use point 3 to get your head around it and make sure your happy with your purchase. 

ASOS Slim Double Breasted SuitJacket In Monochrome Textured Fabric, £125


Remember, the final purchase isn’t the end of the process…..

If you’re buying online or off-the-peg always consider getting your suit adjusted so that it fits perfectly. Crop your trousers, take your cuff up [always good to show a bit of shirt cuff], make it fit you the best you can. The sharper the fit, the more confident the man. 

ASOS Slim Suit Jacket with Stretch inBlack, £50


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