Now most folks don't think so, but it is true. Picking the shirt is the hardest part (assuming you are going to wear a tie with it). If you don't plan on wearing a tie, then you already know what shirts go with which suit. In that case, you are ready to go in 3 easy steps: Shirt, Suit, Shoes. For the purpose of this post however, I just want to ease you into the basics. There is color, fit, 2 piece or 3 piece, and even 2 button or 3 button. When you are done with reading this, you will be ready to walk out of your home dressed to impress.
Every man needs his basic foundation. Much like I stated when talking about shirts. Actually, it is exactly like what I said about shirts. You need your basics. For the average man, you only need two suits: Black and Navy. These are your basic two suits and should be found in every man's closet. You can wear them for wedding, work, funeral, or formal occasion. They go with everything and can be worn everywhere. But you aren't a basic man, and I know I am certainly not willing to live with the bare minimums myself. To really add that extra mile to your wardrobe, you need to toss in one or two more suits that are different colors. My choice of colors for these extras: Brown and Grey. Now Brown and Grey can be light or dark. Since your Black and Navy suits are typically of a darker color by nature, I suggest a light Brown or light Grey suit here. I myself have a light Brown and dark Grey, but will be investing in a light Grey this year.
European fashion has made its trek across the big ol blue ocean and landed at the steps of American culture. This fashion has brought with it the tailored and slim fit clothing trend. In terms of your basic colors (Black and Navy) I would stray away from going too European. A tailored fit Black suit will look splendid if your body shape allows it. For my Black and Navy suit, I simply chose the standard fit suit. These timeless pieces really should be left alone if you are just now building your suit foundation. Your extra color(s) suit(s) is where you can have some fun. Now in no way do I have a body that allows for slim fit. The only thing I have ever owned with the word "slim" in it was SlimFast. My body does however allow me to rock a tailored fit suit. Having a tailored fit suit in your closet, as long as your body allows it, is the perfect weapon to set you apart from your colleagues. It adds that extra leg in the first impression you just might need.
The 2 piece or 3 piece suit
Now I know everyone has seen The Great Gatsby and I know everyone wants to look as damn good as Leo does in a 3 piece suit. But, you don't so don't even try. The 3 piece suit is like an expert level in the game of fashion. Yes you wear them for prom, weddings, and anything else you would rent a tuxedo for, but you don't wear them for everyday life. The 2 piece suit is the perfect suit for you to wear. It is subtle yet shows that you care about yourself and the impression you leave behind. The 3 piece can be seen as overwhelming and definitely overdressed in today's business casual environment. You want to stick out without being a sore thumb.
The 2 button or 3 button coat
Unless you are turning your suit coat or sport coat into a peacoat, there is no reason to have 3 buttons on it. The only time I would say a 3 button can be acceptable is when it comes to height. Now I am a hard pressing 5 foot 7 inches and I must say, my first and last 3 button suit is now collecting dust in the back of my closet. If you are 6 foot 5 inches, more power to you, and I am sure a 3 button will look just fine on you. But if you are not, go with the 2 button. It has the same impact and less that can go wrong that would send you back to alterations for repairs time and time again.
My Current Pick
I recently ran across this amazing suit website Suit Supply. They have what looks to be like an amazing quality suit and I cannot wait to get my hands on one. Now I mentioned earlier that I am in the market for a light Grey suit. I think I found a winner here and I will hopefully be acquiring it very soon. Check these guys out, I know they will have the right suit for you.
Now I know I was much more vague on this What to Wear post. I gave it a lot of though after my first post and realized that it was too much about me and not enough about what is trending out there and good for the reader. So I left a lot of my closet (or at least tried to) out of this post and simply gave you what you want: What suit do I buy/wear? I hope this post reaches you and you are taking that next step to out dress your colleagues. Next Monday we will be picking out shoes and, since you know I have an obsession with shoes it is sure to be a great post!