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MEN'S SUITS BUYING GUIDE

A good suit can be make or break your style credentials in your on or off-duty wardrobe. From making you look taller, to disguising a few extra pounds. It is a lifetime investment which takes a lot of consideration and should be taken seriously – get it right and you should feel like a King whilst wearing it. We’ve got even more range than what you can find in store, so you’re likely to find a hidden gem.

Online shopping for a suit can seem like a daunting experience but it needn’t be with our handy guide on what to look for, how to care for your suit and bonus help from our experts.

Shop Suits & Tailoring

How to Measure Yourself

If this is your first time buy or it’s been a while since you’ve been fitted, it’s just as simple to measure yourself at home if you don’t have time to head to a store or tailor. Knowing where to start and what you’re looking for can be difficult, so follow our rules below and find your perfect fit.

“It’s easy to have trousers and sleeve lengths tailored as they are quick and easy to do. Not everyone will fit the standard lengths available so it’s always best to pick something slightly longer and have it adjusted to make it absolutely perfect.”

The Fit

Shoulders

Suit shoulders should hug your own and appear neat, there should be no excess material or fabric that looks strained. Pull your arms forward and around you - if the seam feels tight and uncomfortable, opt for a larger size or a different fit.

Chest

Your suit jacket should button easily but not too loose. Once it's buttoned, place your hand between you and the jacket it should just fit comfortably inside – you want some give but not too much, any wider and you'll need a smaller size.

Length

Hang your arms down straight and cup the jacket hem in your hands. If you can reach easily, it's too long. If it’s shorter, then it's really a matter of personal taste - many modern suit jackets only sit an inch or two below the cuff.

Sleeve Length

Placing your arms by your side the cuff of the jacket should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. You should have 1-2cm of your shirt cuff visible.

“Remember we offer shorter and longer lengths in many of our suits, so if the shoulders fit well but the body or sleeves are too long or short then one of these will be your best option.”

Trousers

The rise of suit trousers (i.e. where they sit on your waist) should suit your taste and style. Remember, the cut of a trouser leg should flatter without appearing too tight or too loose.

A classic trouser length should sit nicely on top of your shoe without touching the floor at the back and create a soft crease at the front.

A more modern tapered leg should rest at the top of your shoe.

“It’s easy to have trousers and sleeve lengths tailored as they are quick and easy to do. Not everyone will fit the standard lengths available so it’s always best to pick something slightly longer and have it adjusted to make it absolutely perfect.”

 
Suit Jacket measurement House of Fraser
Suit Trousers measurement House of Fraser

Types of Suits

In a world where you can buy exactly the same things as everyone else, it’s a lot harder when it comes to suits. From fits to materials and cuts, it’s easy to be deterred – we’re here to help you narrow down your choices.

House of Fraser skinny fit suit illustration

The fashionable option, this is a neat fit with a lean waistline - great for tall, slim shapes.

House of Fraser slim fit suit illustration

Create a slimmer silhouette with a trimmed waistline and slim appearance from knee to hem.

House of Fraser slim fit suit illustration

This fit is wearable for all occasions, with a closer fitting and suitable for most body types.

House of Fraser classic fit suit illustration

An easy, everyday look for all-purpose wearability. A more relaxed fit with comfort as a key point of difference.

The Details

Buttons

There are a few choices for the number of buttons on your suit jacket:

Two button fastening is the most popular, flattering the majority of shapes and sizes. A three button suit would give a more classic look where as a single button creates a contemporary feel.

The old school double breasted suit can be characterised by a boxier silhouette, where the modern double breasted has been slimmed and trimmed down and given contemporary twists. Buttons range from six, four or two.

“Traditionally, you always keep the last button on your jacket undone. So on three button suits, do up only the top two and on two button, just the top one.”

Vents

Most suits feature a vent at the rear of the jacket. A double vent is more common place however you could opt for a single vent, it all depends on personal choice.

Lapels

“For business, weddings or the races, a notch or peak lapel is quite commonplace as it’s very classic. Evening jackets suit a shawl collar better and is more of a typical feature.”

Fabric

Consider the purpose of your suit when looking at the fabric choices available.

For a business suit which is often worn regularly, consider wool blends as the fabric will be more durable, for example wool and polyester mixes.

For occasion wear you can look at 100% wool (eg. Super 120’s) or mohair, these are finer yarns which will give a more luxurious feel and as they are worn less often, they won’t be affected by the tell-tales of long term wear.

“For suits that you intend to wear regularly, you should invest in a second pair of trousers that you can alternate with the jacket. You’ll extend the life of your suit considerably.”

 
Three Button suit

Three Button Suit

One Button Suit

One Button Suit

Double-Breasted

Double-Breasted

House of Fraser lapels illustration

How to Get the Most from Your Suit

By giving your suit the treatment it deserves, you will make every penny worthwhile. Our buyers recommend...

1.

Hang your suit on a wide wooden hanger to help keep its shape. Try and do this at work as well as at home – hanging on the back of your chair or on the banister won’t help, instead it can damage the line of the shoulders.

2.

Try not to dry clean your suit too often as the chemicals can be detrimental to the natural fibres. Instead get a good clothes brush and use after wearing to keep it looking smart.

3.

Steaming (rather than pressing) your suit at home will also help to keep your suit looking sharp. BUT it is wise to invest in a plastic shield for your iron so you can steam without any heat damage to the cloth – never put the iron directly onto the fabric.

4.

Do store your suit in a lightweight ventilated garment bag or suit carrier – The ventilation will prevent your suit getting musty or mouldy.

5.

If you wear suits daily it’s a good idea to alternate between a couple of suits if you can – this gives the fabric time to breathe and creases drop out, this will help to lengthen the lifetime of your suit.

 

Top Suit Picks

We know there's an unlimited amount of suits to choose from, but here are our favourite picks of the skinny, slim, classic and tailored fits to guide you in the right direction.

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MEN'S SUITS BUYING GUIDE

A good suit can be make or break your style credentials in your on or off-duty wardrobe. From making you look taller, to disguising a few extra pounds. It is a lifetime investment which takes a lot of consideration and should be taken seriously – get it right and you should feel like a King whilst wearing it. We’ve got even more range than what you can find in store, so you’re likely to find a hidden gem.

Online shopping for a suit can seem like a daunting experience but it needn’t be with our handy guide on what to look for, how to care for your suit and bonus help from our experts.

Shop Suits & Tailoring

How to Measure Yourself

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If this is your first time buy or it’s been a while since you’ve been fitted, it’s just as simple to measure yourself at home if you don’t have time to head to a store or tailor. Knowing where to start and what you’re looking for can be difficult, so follow our rules below and find your perfect fit.

Suit Jacket measurement House of Fraser
Suit Trousers measurement House of Fraser

The Fit

Shoulders

Suit shoulders should hug your own and appear neat, there should be no excess material or fabric that looks strained. Pull your arms forward and around you - if the seam feels tight and uncomfortable, opt for a larger size or a different fit.

Chest

Your suit jacket should button easily but not too loose. Once it's buttoned, place your hand between you and the jacket it should just fit comfortably inside – you want some give but not too much, any wider and you'll need a smaller size.

Length

Hang your arms down straight and cup the jacket hem in your hands. If you can reach easily, it's too long. If it’s shorter, then it's really a matter of personal taste - many modern suit jackets only sit an inch or two below the cuff.

Sleeve Length

Placing your arms by your side the cuff of the jacket should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. You should have 1-2cm of your shirt cuff visible.

“Remember we offer shorter and longer lengths in many of our suits, so if the shoulders fit well but the body or sleeves are too long or short then one of these will be your best option.”

Trousers

The rise of suit trousers (i.e. where they sit on your waist) should suit your taste and style. Remember, the cut of a trouser leg should flatter without appearing too tight or too loose.

A classic trouser length should sit nicely on top of your shoe without touching the floor at the back and create a soft crease at the front.

A more modern tapered leg should rest at the top of your shoe.

“It’s easy to have trousers and sleeve lengths tailored as they are quick and easy to do. Not everyone will fit the standard lengths available so it’s always best to pick something slightly longer and have it adjusted to make it absolutely perfect.”

Types of Suits

+

-

In a world where you can buy exactly the same things as everyone else, it’s a lot harder when it comes to suits. From fits to materials and cuts, it’s easy to be deterred – we’re here to help you narrow down your choices.

House of Fraser skinny fit suit illustration

Skinny Fit

The fashionable option, this is a neat fit with a lean waistline - great for tall, slim shapes.

House of Fraser slim fit suit illustration

Slim Fit

Create a slimmer silhouette with a trimmed waistline and slim appearance from knee to hem.

House of Fraser slim fit suit illustration

Tailored Fit

This fit is wearable for all occasions, with a closer fitting and suitable for most body types.

House of Fraser classic fit suit illustration

Classic Fit

An easy, everyday look for all-purpose wearability. A more relaxed fit with comfort as a key point of difference.

The Details

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Buttons

There are a few choices for the number of buttons on your suit jacket:

Two button fastening is the most popular, flattering the majority of shapes and sizes. A three button suit would give a more classic look where as a single button creates a contemporary feel.

The old school double breasted suit can be characterised by a boxier silhouette, where the modern double breasted has been slimmed and trimmed down and given contemporary twists. Buttons range from six, four or two.

“Traditionally, you always keep the last button on your jacket undone. So on three button suits, do up only the top two and on two button, just the top one.”

House of Fraser suit buying guide

Vents

Most suits feature a vent at the rear of the jacket. A double vent is more common place however you could opt for a single vent, it all depends on personal choice.

House of Fraser suit buying guide

Lapels

“For business, weddings or the races, a notch or peak lapel is quite commonplace as it’s very classic. Evening jackets suit a shawl collar better and is more of a typical feature.”

Fabric

Consider the purpose of your suit when looking at the fabric choices available.

For a business suit which is often worn regularly, consider wool blends as the fabric will be more durable, for example wool and polyester mixes.

For occasion wear you can look at 100% wool (eg. Super 120’s) or mohair, these are finer yarns which will give a more luxurious feel and as they are worn less often, they won’t be affected by the tell-tales of long term wear.

“For suits that you intend to wear regularly, you should invest in a second pair of trousers that you can alternate with the jacket. You’ll extend the life of your suit considerably.”

How to Get the Most from Your Suit

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Lapels

Let us give you some tips to look after your suits, ensuring they live a long life in your wardrobe.

1.

Hang your suit on a wide wooden hanger to help keep its shape. Try and do this at work as well as at home – hanging on the back of your chair or on the banister won’t help, instead it can damage the line of the shoulders.

2.

Try not to dry clean your suit too often as the chemicals can be detrimental to the natural fibres. Instead get a good clothes brush and use after wearing to keep it looking smart.

3.

Steaming (rather than pressing) your suit at home will also help to keep your suit looking sharp. BUT it is wise to invest in a plastic shield for your iron so you can steam without any heat damage to the cloth – never put the iron directly onto the fabric.

4.

Do store your suit in a lightweight ventilated garment bag or suit carrier – The ventilation will prevent your suit getting musty or mouldy.

5.

If you wear suits daily it’s a good idea to alternate between a couple of suits if you can – this gives the fabric time to breathe and creases drop out, this will help to lengthen the lifetime of your suit.

 

Top Suit Picks

+

-

If this is your first time buy or it’s been a while since you’ve been fitted, it’s just as simple to measure yourself at home if you don’t have time to head to a store or tailor. Knowing where to start and what you’re looking for can be difficult, so follow our rules below and find your perfect fit.