Buying a suit can be exciting for men, particularly if it is their very first one. For most men, however, it is more of a challenge and feels more stressful than pleasurable.
When it comes to buying suits, most men rush to the mall and pick up whatever seems closest to their size and taste. But why settle for something mediocre when you can easily have the best? I’m talking about custom suits, which are always going to look better than their store-bought counterparts.
Stepping into the world of stylish and fashionable dressing would require that you own something for every occasion. As far as high-fashion custom suits are concerned, you may want to consider getting your hands on the ever-chic and the versatile Italian suit.
High-quality men’s suit need not cost a bomb. In fact, custom Italian suits are quite affordable if you consider the use you can get out of them. A good custom Italian suit can last you a lifetime, if you wear it well and take care of it.
Here’s what every man needs to consider before buying a custom Italian suit.
Choosing the Fabric
When you buy a custom suit, you’re in charge of the whole affair. This applies even when picking the fabric you would like to feel on your skin. In fact, this one of the biggest factors that draws several men to buying custom Italian suits.
As far as the suit material is concerned, you need to be very careful with your choice. Depending on the quality of the material, it can cost you anywhere between a few dollars to a few hundred dollars per yard. In Italian suits, the fabric used is typically lightweight.
Cotton or linen suit would work very well in summers. The cotton fiber has good strength, is easy to sew and handle and drapes well. It does not crease as easily as linen. Both the materials are light in weight and breathable.
Woolen suits are highly preferable as well. They’re particularly great in the winter months. The best thing about woolen suits is that they’re wrinkle-resistant. Heavyweight wools tend to cost more than cotton. However, you have the option of going for materials like blended wools to strike a balance between quality and cost. You may want to consider the Zegna suits, made of 100% Zegna wool, for a suit that is elegant as well as durable.
Remember, high-quality materials will cost you more, but will also be worth every penny. At the end of the day you will end up with a suit that will look great and last you several years.
Styling the Suit
Italian men like to wear clothes that fit well. Their suits need to sit perfectly on their shoulders and their pants need to look chic and sharp. They understand style and realize that the seams connecting the shoulders and the sleeves of a suit jacket should sit where your shoulders meet your arms. If the seam sits lower than that, it is considered ill-fitted.
This holds true of the shirts as well. They should fit well i.e. gently embrace your torso, without being too tight. It is always a good idea to try on several sizes of shirts before you decide on which one fits you best. An easy way to determine whether or not the shirt fits you is by tucking it in to your pants. If the shirt fabric gathers at the back or hangs loosely in the front, you need to size down.
When it comes to donning Italian suits for men, each element needs to be tailored with care. As far as the pants are concerned, nothing ruins the overall look of an Italian suit than an uneven break.
Several men make the mistake of wearing pants that are not hemmed appropriately. Today, men prefer pants that just about kiss the top of the shoes or end an inch higher to show the ankle. For a more conservative look, the pants should be hemmed to fall a tad bit past the ankle.
The best way to have an Italian suit fitted to perfection is by having the shirts, the jacket and the pants custom made. While this may seem costly at first, know that it is worth the investment in the long term because you will spend less time and money on your quest for finding the perfect suit.
Focus on the Fit
Some of the most notable features of the Italian suit have always been a close cut, a slim fit, simple shoulders, a shorter length, and well-fitted armholes. More often than not, these suits are single-breasted and come with two buttons. The slim-cut trousers with a lower rise and jackets devoid of vents (modern Italian suits come with two vents as well) at the back help make your physique appear slimmer.
One of the most important considerations of wearing an Italian suit is that it is more suited to men who are slimmer and have a more European body structure. When worn right, these suits look extremely chic. Wearing them haphazardly, on the other hand, can make a man look like an unkempt boy.
If you’re skinny, you would do well to avoid skin-tight suits. In such a case, it is suggested to pick a suit that adds bulk to your frame. Men with an average frame can wear more fitted suits. Consider investing in Reda suits in various colors to add flair to your wardrobe.
Having a suit custom made is ideal because doing so gives you the power to style it in any way you want to. Whether it is the lining on the inside of your suit jacket, the buttons in the front, or the seams on your pants, it’s all your choice. Of course, the sartor will always be there to guide you when you’re undecided on something.
A lot of men tend to worry that custom-made Italian suits can be quite pricey and even the minutest details can add exorbitantly to the overall cost. This is not always true and depends greatly on the choices you make.
The basic plastic suit jacket buttons, for instance, don’t cost much and make for an economical option. Wooden, silver or gold buttons, on the other hand, will cost you significantly more. This also applies to the lining used in making the suit. Natural silk will cost you higher than cotton or blends. Plus, the price of a printed/patterned lining material will be higher than that of a plain one.
Even factors such as the number of pockets in your pants, adding extra covert pockets inside the jacket can have a bearing on the price of a custom Italian suit.
Do not, however, let the price be the deciding factor on how you want your suit to be. Focus on quality, fit and incorporating the features you need to derive the maximum benefit of owning a custom suit. This will also make the expenses worthwhile.
Most men choose to get their suits custom made for a good reason. With a custom Italian suit, they get a classic style, the perfect fit, and a suit that is runway ready and offers a good bang for every buck spent. A high-quality Italian custom suit will probably turn out to be one of the best wardrobe additions that you will have ever made.