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How to Buy a Suit

Get tips on how to buy a suit from Louis Purple menswear boutiques founder Charles Brunold in this Howcast video.

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How to buy a suit. That's a good one, and nowadays there are a lot of ways to buy a suit. You can either go online or just off the rack to your favorite department store. You can go to your favorite brand, or you can go made-to-measure or bespoke. So here we're going to talk about general off-the-rack tips in order to choose the right suit. First of all, you want to know for what occasion you're shopping, whether it's more like a business suit your after or something for leisure or maybe a wedding. So all this is going to guide you and help you choose what kind of lapel, how many buttons, the type of pockets. If you're going made-to-measure, you'll have all these options, and you can pretty much put all the suit's detail together, and even choose your fabric and have something that is exactly like you imagined it, pretty much.

If you're buying off the rack, you expect to have some alterations in order to make it fit really perfectly to your body type. When buying a suit, the other thing you need to look at is what you currently have in your wardrobe. I think any man should have a navy suit in his wardrobe, a charcoal gray. Once you've covered these two basics, then you can start to shop for more interesting and diverse options that you can mix and match and pair, so that your wardrobe actually looks ten times the size that it actually is. Once you get good at mix and matching items and layering, it really opens up a lot of perspectives. So when buying a suit the most important thing to keep in mind is for what occasion you're getting the suit.

Do you know your size, and maybe do you know made-to-measure, or do you fit nicely off the rack? And then select the style of the suit, whether you want skinny lapels or wide lapels. And I guess once you try on the suits, just let your instincts guide you. And if you fall in love with the suit, just get it.

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