Buying a Suit at Tom’s Place
With over 10,000 suits on display, you’re sure to find the perfect suit at Tom’s Place. Still, to make it easier, Tom Jr. provides this list of the top 10 things to know when building your wardrobe.
1. Size Matters
You may love the suit, but unless it’s your size, forget it. No amount of alterations will make a suit made for short stout man fit a tall trim individual. Choose a suit that’s the right size and then it will require fewer alterations to achieve a perfect fit.
Know what a good fit feels like. It must feel comfortable. The jacket hugs the body without pulling in the back, shoulders or chest because those parts of a garment cannot be altered. The tailor should only be altering the sleeves, mid-section, waist, seat and pant length.
When building your business wardrobe, start with the basics – blue, gray, black and possibly brown. Blue and gray suits are timeless and versatile. What’s more, they are perfect for first meetings and interviews because they leave a great first impression. Reserve your black suit for formal events such as weddings or funerals. Brown is a fashionable option, but only after you already have the blue, gray and black suits anchoring your wardrobe.
Just as there are classic colors, there are classic fabric patterns, namely checks, stripes and herringbone. For most men, it makes sense to start your wardrobe with two solid color suits (gray and blue) while the third suit can be in a subtle, classic pattern. It’s true that certain business environments allow for stronger, bolder patterns, but it’s not recommended when you’re just starting to build your business wardrobe.
5. Current Cuts
When buying a suit, stay away from trendy styles, and invest in a suit that you expect will be current for the next three to five years, because that’s how long a suit typically lasts. Slim fit may not be best for you, if you are full figured. And if you are slim, you will feel sloppy in a full fitting suit. Do not spend money on a suit that is the wrong cut. Imagine being interviewed and all you can think about is how tight the suit feels.
We recommend that you have at least one navy blue blazer or sports jacket in your wardrobe because it’s so versatile. Wear it with tan or gray pants and a tie or “dress casual” with tan khakis or jeans and a nice sport shirt.
You should have at least five dress shirts in your closet. Blues, whites, small checks, and one fancy color such as mauve give you lots of great options when dressing for success. As for ties, stay on the conservative side (no Mickey Mouse patterns!) and choose colors that complement both the shirt and suit. For a sophisticated, professional look, be sure to add a belt that matches the color of your shoes. A thin leather style with a small buckle is the right choice. Match your socks to the color of the suit. Trust us, you don’t want to be the guy wearing white socks with a blue suit.
Always stay within your budget. Salespersons in many stores are on commission so they may try to oversell you. At Tom’s Place your salesperson is NOT on commission. Just remember when you are starting out to keep it simple. A perfect wardrobe to start with is two to three suits, a sports jacket, five shirts, three ties, two pants, two belts and a dozen socks.
When starting off your suit wardrobe, it’s always best to stick with year round fabrics, such as a 10-ounce wool. Medium weight fabric won’t be too heavy in the summer nor will it be too thin in the winter. Stay away from seasonal fabrics such as linen and flannels until you have all the wardrobe basics covered.
10. Dress for your career
In today’s competitive business environment it pays to look good and take pride in your professional appearance. Even in a “dress casual” environment people will notice the way you dress. That’s why you should update your wardrobe to stay current. It will help you to get the job you’ve always wanted or keep the one you have.