buying a ready-to-wear suit

{tips on buying a suit off-the-rack} via chevrons & éclairs

straight off-the-rack

photographer LeCHON KIRB styling & model SHYAM DESAI
creative director SUPAL DESAI location DIGITAL TIGER STUDIO

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It could be a bit complicated to a well tailored ready-to-wear suit. And since wedding season is upon us,
I thought it was only appropriate to go over some tips and tricks on purchasing a suit right off-the-racks.

{tips on buying a suit off-the-rack} via chevrons & éclairs


A wool suit is the best option to go for as it is a natural fiber, breathes well, and the cuts are stylish.
Though if you’re going somewhere tropical or even warmer for a wedding, here are a few other choices.
Linen is the perfect summer suit as it is lightweight, but the maintenance is difficult. Polyester is
a good option if you’re hoping to cut costs, but a polyester and wool blend is a more acceptable
alternative to a an economical, high quality suit. Do keep in mind that many summer suits are made of
tropical wool making it not too warm and can be worn all year round.

double vs single-breasted jacket

A double-breased jacket generally folds over itself in the front, whereas a single-breased jacket doesn’t.
Double-breasted jackets are generally more formal, perfect for larger weddings and more elegant receptions.
Though a double-breasted jacket can be paired with a pair of jeans to dress it down for a more casual affair.


Your jacket’s collar should hug the back of your back without buckling or pulling on your shirt.
Your shirt should stick out an inch from the back of your collar.
{tips on buying a suit off-the-rack} via chevrons & éclairs

suit lapels

Lapels is the extension immediately below the collar of the jacket and folds against the chest.
A thinner lapel is more fashion forward, whereas a thicker lapel is more traditional. Though it’s
important to note that the stitching on the lapel is as invisible as possible.

arms & sleeves

When trying on suits, let your arms hang on your sides, your sleeves should end where you hand meets
your wrist. Your shirt sleeves should be a quarter-inch longer than your suit jacket. When out shopping,
put on your jacket and stretch your arms in front of you. Make sure you’re able to move comfortably.
{tips on buying a suit off-the-rack} via chevrons & éclairs


A 1-button jacket is suited best for slimmer men whilst a 2-button jacket will be sufficient
for more men and situations. 3-button jackets are considered dated.

vents & slits

vents are the flaps of cloth below the waist at the back of the jacket. They should cover your entire
rear end and should never seem to look separated unless you’re bending or sitting down. Make sure
they lay flat against your backside when you’re standing straight. A larger individual should choose
a jacket with two slits, while a thinner man should opt for a jacket with no slits.
{tips on buying a suit off-the-rack} via chevrons & éclairs


In the waist, you should be able to stick one finger at the seam of your trousers and still be comfortable.
Pleats should be avoided and flat front trousers should be what you go for. Cuffed trousers look better
on taller men, where shorter men should avoid cuffed bottoms. For the rise, the length from the crotch
to the waistband, try to stick with a rise that’s right in the middle and not too high or low.