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David Jones

How To: Buy a Suit

Pictured: 'Cornerstone' Textured Suit, 'Pioneer' Cotton Shirt, Stripe Silk Tie and Pocket Square; all by Joe Black

For some, buying a new suit can be like going to the dentist — a necessary task that is accompanied by quite a lot of groaning and foot-shuffling but ultimately results in a strut and a smirk because you know you look good

Our David Jones Style Advisors know there is a fine art to suiting and that it goes hand in hand with dressing better. According to these fit experts, the process of buying a suit doesn't have to be difficult. Here, they share their expert tips on what you need to know when selecting and buying the right suit.

DEFINE THE OCCASION

Determine when and where you’ll be wearing the suit. Is it one that will be pulled out a few times each year for special occasions? Or is it one that will visit the office a few days a week? A job interview, a wedding, a hatted restaurant – these are some of the places where you belong in a suit. Go instore with a clear plan of how frequently you are going to wear the suit, and where it’s going to take you.

DETERMINE YOUR FABRICATION

Choose your fabric based on your occasion. If it is more casual choose cotton, linen or wool/linen blends, and everyday suiting calls for wool.

PICK YOUR COLOUR

The shade of your suit is purely preferential. Take note that colours take on different tones in varying light, so a blue or charcoal suit purchased for the office will transform in the night.

GET THE RIGHT FIT

The perfect jacket follows the contours of your shoulders, chest and waist. Once you’ve found your brand and fit, visit our Fashion Alteration Service available in all stores for your finishing touches.
Pictured: 'Firenze' Wool Suit Jacket and Trouser, Cotton Check Shirt and Silk Tie; all by D'Urban

Here's what you need to know about finding the right fit of a suit:

  1. THE COLLAR
    The collar should comfortably rest on top of your shirt collar with a hint of your shirt peering above.
  2. THE SHOULDER
    The seam should sit on the corner of where your shoulders end and your arms begin. There will be no pulling across the back, and it will fall straight from the shoulder blades.
  3. THE CHEST
    There should no pulling across the chest when buttoned, or unbuttoned, and the fabric will smoothly run over the armpit.
  4. THE SLEEVE
    The sleeve of the jacket should finish at the wrist bone. It can easily be adjusted if the sleeve is too long and lengthened if too short.
  5. THE TROUSER
    Slim or pleated, make sure the pant fits across the waist with room to breathe, and that the seat and thighs are tailored close to the body. For a roomier fit, choose a pleat. Nowadays, pant length hints at what style of gentleman you are. Cuffed reveals trend awareness, cropped relates to creative or quirky personalities, and full length that ends at the top of the shoe speaks to a classic persona. The length can be easily tailored. Aim for a perfect fit, as the trouser will be worn with a jacket as well as by itself.

For more expert advice on buying the right suit, visit our Style Advisors in-store or for the ultimate shopping experience, book an appointment for one of our Personal Shopping Suites.