Much like a first car or a first kiss, buying and wearing your first suit is a rite of passage on the road to manhood. The clothes make the man, and in this case, the suit makes the impression. Assuming you'll be relying on this suit for everything from job interviews to formal social gatherings, the main goal is maximum wearability. Here are some considerations to make when buying your first suit, from The Suitor.
Colour: A lot of men seem to think that their first suit should be black. This is untrue, and is actually unadvisable unless you are interviewing for a position as either a butler or a funeral director. Your first suit should be in either charcoal gray or navy blue, and your second suit should be in whichever of those colours you didn't choose initially. It's classic, less formal than black, and most importantly - not all that memorable, meaning you can wear the same suit very often without notice. Charcoal wins out in the versatility category, yet navy is more popular in the context of the business world. Save patterns and more statement-making colours for once you've established a base and are intent on building your suit wardrobe.
Cut: Again, it is best to opt for a classic look when purchasing your first suit(s). Your best bet is a suit with a two button jacket and notch lapels. Find a cut that complements your body type and stick to it. Remember that fit is the most important element of looking good, so your first suit and all suits to come should be tailored perfectly to you.
Price Range: A suit should not be bought cheaply, yet exorbitant designer prices are not an option for a lot of young suit seekers. Inexpensive garment purchases are usually ill-fitting and dingy, with wear-and-tear showing up far earlier than is acceptable. A first suit should be bought to last - through strenuous interview processes, vigorous wedding dances and anything that should come your way. A reasonable amount to spend would be in the five hundred to eight hundred dollar range. We recommend the Canadian-made S. Cohen High Performance suits, which start at $650.00 and are available in a variety of colours and sizes.
Take these few points with you when you start suit shopping, and you'll definitely be looking at Rookie of the Year. Congratulations on your first suit, it definitely will not be your last.