Buying your first suit

When someone buys a suit, wearing it for the first time will make them feel powerful and confident, they feel the part just like “Ari Gold” from Entourage. If they have gone through the process of buying a suit correctly they will look the part too.

The first step of buying a suit is leaving your other half or mother at home, remember you are not going shopping with your mother in the menswear department in Dunnes Stores. If you fail to complete this step correctly you will turn the salesman into a third wheel. You must remember that the salesman is the professional in mens fashion in this situation and they will ask you what you are looking for and then they will make their suggestions. They know what they are talking about it’s their job!

The next thing you must think of is what style of suit you are aiming for as you don’t want to show up to your work placement or job in a new company looking like Al Capone ready to run the mafia. The suit you choose to purchase must be right for the occasion, for example a simple black or grey business suit for a job or a tuxedo for a college ball.

Al Capone

For a first suit it is probably best to stick with dark colours such as black, navy or dark grey even though light grey suits are coming more into fashion at the moment. By choosing darker colours and patterns the suit will last longer and won’t get as dirty as quickly as lighter shaded suits. A very important factor when purchasing any suit is the fitting as the last thing you want is a suit that is either too big or too small, it is very important to get your measurements taken by the salesman, you should then try on the suit and if it doesn’t feel comfortable be sure to speak up and ask questions and have more alterations made if they are needed. Your suit measurements should be made before you start browsing through the different suits available.

When you are trying to choose the shirts and ties to match your suit, the salesman can advise you or it is very easy to choose yourself because most shirts will have a matching tie to go with it already around its collar or else it will be sold as a set. When choosing shoes it is advised to go with a simple black shoe with black socks. If you learn one lesson from this blog post let it be. Do not wear white socks with a suit like my fellow intern Cian.

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