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Hello again. Glad to see you've returned for lesson 2 of the Suit Buying Course. If you're new, don't worry, there are still a few places and lesson 1 is still available for you to catch up.
This lesson concentrates on style pointers for your suit.
Lesson 2 - Style Advice for Your Suit by Cad and the Dandy
- Choice of Cloth. Opt for a classic, blue or grey if it's a wardrobe staple. Pinstripes and chalk-stripes seem to be in the fashion doldrums, whereas more adventurous cloths in the Prince of Wales check vein are back with a vigour.
Make sure it’s wool, and that you know which maker it's from. Do your research on the cloth-maker. It's amazing how many people are duped by the false claims of lower-end tailors who buy poor quality cloth from cheaper Asian countries.
[Tweedy - some of the cloth makers and merchants we've covered: Abraham Moon, William Halstead, Scabal, Fox Brothers, Harrison's, H. Lesser, Porter and Harding & champion Harris Tweed weaver Donald John Mackay.]
- Style Elements. Keep it simple - single-breasted, one or two button. Slanted pockets, double vents and a notch lapel should set you on the right road.
- The Detail. A man who knows - knows! It's the little details that stand out and those in the know will spot them a mile off. Hand sewn button holes are the easiest way to show that the suit has been made with not only skill but attention. Avoid keyhole shaped button holes on the lapel.