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We all want to look the part at work, looking smart is part of what you have to do to get on in business . An ill-fitting suit can be easily spotted and makes you look shabby. It doesn’t matter how expensive the suit is, if it doesn’t fit well or is of a cut that does not suit your body shape then it will have a damaging effect on your image. So getting the right fit in a suit is pretty important, if you want to make a good impression.

The first thing to do, if you haven’t already, is get properly measured (which you can do yourself, of if you pop into any menswear shop they will do for you. You particularly need to know chest size for jackets as well as sleeve length, and waist and inside leg for trousers, with neck size for shirts. Once you know your size you can go round the shops or use the internet to buy a good suit. When you do buy men's suits,  here are some tips to get a good fit.


If you want something smart, hard wearing that won’t crumple then a wool and lycra, polyester mix is your best bet for a suit. You will frequently find suits that say “Super 100” this means that the yarn that the suit fabric is made of has been twisted more often than the usual 60-80 twist wools and therefore it should be more crumple resistant. Good fabric will rebound back without wrinkling after it's squeezed.

The traditional suit with two buttons at the front, which has been a mainstay for many years, is being replaced by suit jackets which are more fitted and have three and four buttons. Make sure the jacket fits easily across your belly without being tight or hanging loosely. Make sure your sleeve length is right on, otherwise you will look like you borrowed someone else’s suit. If the sleeve covers your shirt cuff, it is too long,  it should show half an inch to an inch of your shirt cuff, which ideally should be a double “french” cuff with cufflinks.

To get the fit of your trousers right make sure that the waistline of the trousers is comfortable and that you can stick two fingers into the waist while you're wearing them. Always wear a belt with formal trousers. As far as pleats on the front of the trousers are concerned as a general rule, pleats are better for those with larger tummies and not a good idea for those who are thin. Your trousers should reach your shoes and have a slight break, not leave a pile of fabric around your ankles. Turn-ups or cuffs or not is a matter of personal choice, if you are short you probably want to avoid them as they tend to make legs look a little shorter. Trouser cuffs also tend to be the choice of older people.

Getting a close fit at the waist is a good thing, as long as you can still stretch and bend easily in your suit. You need to make sure that you that you have free movement of your arms and can bend over without your trousers tearing. To test general fit put your arms out unbent, and also try sitting in a chair and pretend that you are working to check that the suit is comfortable. A smart, well fitting suit with a good tie and nice shirt is a must as you are going to spend all your working hours in it and need to look good and professional.


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