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The secret to owning an impeccable suit

Posted on May 6, 2016 in (L)atest & (G)reatest Home Appliances, HE Hot Topics, Newsletters by | Comments
The secret to owning an impeccable suit
 

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veryone should own at least one suit in his or her arsenal. Regardless if you’re a man or woman, the perfect suit will not only show others that you’re on top of your game but will also give you an added boost of confidence every time you put it on. There’s a reason why people call it a “power suit.”

From pre-purchase to proper care, we’ve got all the secrets you need to know in order to own that impeccable suit.

MEN’S SUIT

What do I need to know before buying a suit?

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Know Your Budget
A great price doesn’t necessarily always equate to a great fit. Conversely, even though a more expensive suit might last longer, what if you don’t want one that lasts forever? Setting your budget from the get-go will help determine where to even shop.

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Know Your Body Type
For skinny and taller men, avoid suits that are too tight-fitted. A bit of flow in the material will help you look more filled out. On the other hand, shorter men should go for a slim and shorter jacket to help create the illusion of being longer. Lastly, muscular men should avoid padded shoulders or thicker fabrics that will make them look even bulkier.

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Know What Kind of Customer Experience
You Want

Do you want to buy online or from a store?
It’s up to you to decide, but let’s weigh
the pros and cons.

 

What are some common suit and
tailoring conundrums that come up?

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1. First and foremost, make sure the shoulders fit. Most tailors won’t even alter it because it’s difficult and expensive. If your jacket is too tight or sagging too much, you’re better off returning the suit for a different size. The shoulder seam should hit about where your own shoulder ends. Hug yourself while trying it on. A bit of resistance is okay, but too much and the jacket is not a good fit.

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2. Know some fabrics. Lightweight wool is the most versatile year-round. Wools and flannels insulate heat, so they’re better for the winter. Summer fabrics include cotton, linen, and silk.

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3. How many buttons? Most suits are two-buttoned. That’s your safest bet. Three is a bit older-fashioned and one-button suits are reserved for more formal occasions like weddings or the red carpet.

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4. Your lapel says a lot. Notch lapels are standard. Peak lapels are a bit more daring. Also consider its width. Go thinner for a trendier look. Meanwhile, modern and wider lapels create a bolder statement.

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5. Hem your trousers. Most guys get this part wrong and leave their pants far too long. Ask for your “trouser break” to be where the edge of your pants just touches your shoes.

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6. Hem your jacket sleeves. If they dangle to your knuckles, you’ll look like a child in a men’s clothing. The sleeve should end a quarter to half-inch above where your shirt ends. This is intended to show off any cufflinks or shirt colors that pop.

How do I take care of my suit?

Now that you own an outfit you so lovingly invested your time and money into, you need to take care of it in the best possible way. Be careful not to take it to the dry cleaners too often because this process can actually damage the fibers of the outfit and its construction.

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But then how do you keep the suit feeling fresh? Our recommendation is the LG Styler.

Simply hang your clothes in this modern closet and it will do the rest. The Styler’s deep-penetrating steam and gently moving hangers reduces wrinkles. It’s an easy way to look fresh and extend the appearance of your clothing between dry cleanings. It also helps to reduce odors with the combination of TrueSteam™ technology and its deodorizer feature. This reduces stale odors that cling to fabric and knitwear, not to mention it’s gentle enough for delicate materials.

How was your first suit? Have any insights of your own to share? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

WOMEN’S SUIT

What to ask yourself before buying a suit

The perfect female suit must be all of the above: 1) stylish, 2) professional, 3) versatile, and 4) posses an incredible fit. From an office setting to a night on the town, the perfect suit can go far with a little ingenuity. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting the perfect one for joining your arsenal:

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What’s my budget?
Maybe you’re splurging on a high-quality suit for a specific occasion or need one for everyday use. The frequency of how much you intend to use it will help determine the price you should pay. If you’re new to suits, buy cheap and get it custom tailored to help make it look like it was worth a lot more than you paid for it.

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What jacket shape should I get?
You should try on many to find what looks best on your body type. If you have a straight shape, find a blazer that cinches in at the waists to create an hourglass silhouette. For pear-shaped bodies, look for blazers cropped just above the hip. Inverted triangle women should look for blazers with no shoulder pads and flowier fabrics. Apple-shaped women should also keep with thinner fabrics.

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What color should I get?
Go for neutrals. Black, grays, and navy blues are safe bets. After all, you’ll be pairing this with your accessories and blouse. So think of the suit as the glue that pulls your entire outfit together.

All about tailoring a woman’s suit

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1. First and foremost, make sure the shoulders fit. Most tailors won’t even alter it because it’s difficult and expensive. If your jacket is too tight or sagging too much, you’re better off returning the suit for a different size. The shoulder seam should hit about where your own shoulder ends. Hug yourself while trying it on. A bit of resistance is okay, but too much and the jacket is not a good fit.

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2. Hem your jacket sleeves. The blazer sleeve should rest a bit above the top joint of your thumb when standing with your arms at your sides. Your wrist should be covered.

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3. Tailoring for the bust. A blazer should cover about half of each breast and drape over the covered area without any wrinkles or bunches. This should be the case when buttoned and unbuttoned.

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4. Fitting your torso. This is fairly straightforward. The jacket should contour around the shape of your body and not have any excess fabric dangling around. It also shouldn’t be overly tight. However, there is room for personal preference when choosing how fitted to tailor. You should be comfortable above all else.

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5. Skirt versus pants. Either is fine and perfectly appropriate. Just note that the blazer should be longer for a pantsuit and cropped higher for a skirt suit.

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6. In comparison to men’s suits, women have more freedom. There are many facets of design that are just left to individual preferences. From the number of buttons, to lapel shape, and even the option to include pockets, these factors are left to your style and comfort.

How do I take care of my suit?

Now that you own an outfit you so lovingly invested your time and money into, you need to take care of it in the best possible way. Be careful not to take it to the dry cleaners too often because this process can actually damage the fibers of the outfit and its construction.

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But then how do you keep the suit feeling fresh? Our recommendation is the LG Styler.

Simply hang your clothes in this modern closet and it will do the rest. The Styler’s deep-penetrating steam and gently moving hangers reduces wrinkles. It’s an easy way to look fresh and extend the appearance of your clothing between dry cleanings. It also helps to reduce odors with the combination of TrueSteam™ technology and its deodorizer feature. This reduces stale odors that cling to fabric and knitwear, not to mention it’s gentle enough for delicate materials.

How was your first suit? Have any insights of your own to share? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

 

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