When investing in a suit, you generally want one that’s going to look great and last long — a real quality garment. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that cost is the best way of assessing this criteria, but price and quality are not always correlated. A suit might cost a lot because it comes with a famous or trendy label, and yet not actually be made all that well. Conversely, sometimes you can find a real steal on a suit that’s actually top-notch.
So how do you tell the difference?
Rather than just looking at the price tag, the authors of The Indispensable Guide to Classic Men’s Clothing recommend checking a suit for the 7 signs outlined above; at a glance, you’ll be able to know whether or not it’s a worthy addition to your wardrobe.
For more information on what some of the above terms mean and what to look for in buying a suit, check out these resources:
Lapels: Slight roll where they begin to fold back; Aren’t stiff, flat, wrinkled, or crimped.
Buttons: Made of natural horn, mother of pearl, polished brass, or ceramic.
Pockets: Lie neat and flat.
Fabric: Made from fine yarn and drapes naturally; Colors are true; Patterns defined.
Construction: Canvas rather than fused.
Coat Lining: Made with fine silk or rayon; Well-tailored, especially at the hem, where the lining is hung, folded, and pressed.