A good suit is an essential investment for any man’s wardrobe. From making you look taller, to disguising a few extra pounds, it can effortlessly smarten up your look and boost your confidence. Shopping for a suit online can seem like a daunting experience but it needn’t be with our handy guide featuring tips and tricks collated from our menswear buyers, designers and technologists. We offer a wide range of styles for all occasions which means you are certain to find your dream suit.

HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF
Suit jacket illustration for how to measure yourself for the perfect fitting suit

If this is your first time buying a suit or it’s been a while since you’ve been fitted, you can measure yourself at home when you don’t have time to head to a store or tailor. Taking some measurements can be tricky so you may need someone else to help you.

Ideally wear a shirt that fits you well before you start, with trousers that you are comfortable wearing.


Chest

Measure horizontally around the chest, under the armpits and over the back shoulder blades, then record the measurement. Ensure the measuring tape is not too tight, it should be snug against the body.

Waist

Measure around the waist roughly at the level of the navel. This measurement may correspond to either the narrowest or the widest point of the waist, depending on build.

Jacket length

Measure from the bottom of the collar, straight down the back centre seam, to where the required length of the jacket will end. The jacket should ideally be just long enough to completely cover your bum, though this will vary depending on the style required.

Trousers illustration for how to measure yourself for the perfect fitting trousers

Trouser waist

Measure horizontally around the waist, just inside where you would like your trouser waist to be. Make sure the tape is snug and does not ride over the waistband, you should be able to put your index finger inside the tape.

Inside leg

Measure from the lowest part of the crotch of your trousers, keeping the measure taut, down to where you wish the bottom of the trousers to end. Bear in mind the fit you want over the shoe, as this will affect the height of the trouser crotch.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FIT
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Shoulders

Firstly, ensure the jacket shoulders hug your own and appear neat. It should be a snug fit and there should be no excessive fabric or distortion.

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. Your suit jacket should button easily but not be too loose.

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.

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 we should have a suitable alternative for you.

Trousers

The rise of suit trousers, 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. Not everyone will fit the standard lengths available so it’s always best to pick something slightly longer and have it adjusted by a tailor to make it absolutely perfect.” – Floyd Palmer, Senior Garment Technologist”
TYPES OF SUITS
With a vast range of materials, fits and styles available, it’s common to feel overwhelmed when it comes to buying suits. One of the best places to start is to shop by the fit. This usually depends on personal preference as well as your body type. Still not sure where to start? Have a look at our fit guide below and explore the best look for you.

Skinny

This is a close fitting suit through the body and sleeves and a very tapered shape through the leg

SHOP SKINNY SUITS

Slim

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

SHOP SLIM SUITS

Tailored

A slightly more generous fit than the slim, this fit offers a contemporary look for everyday wear.

SHOP TAILORED SUITS

Classic

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

SHOP CLASSIC SUITS
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 single button is also very popular and perfect for a stylish slim or skinny fit style, giving a clean and contemporary look. A three button suit would give a very classic look, but is less common.

The double breasted suit is a very versatile styling option and has seen a resurgence in recent years. Classic shapes are still on offer in tailored and regular fits but, the double breasted style has become a key trend in slim and skinny fits. This styling is perfect for those wishing to make a statement at any occasion. Double breasted jackets feature either six, four or two buttons.

“Traditionally, you always keep the last button on your jacket and waistcoat undone. So on two button suits, do up only the top one and on a five button waistcoat, the top four.” – Lloyd Moyce, Assistant Buyer

Vents

Most suits feature a vent at the rear of the jacket. A double vent is more traditional and something you will find on a tailored or regular fit to allow more room for movement. However, you could opt for a single vent, which are common place on a slim or skinny suit to maintain a sleek and stylish silhouette.

Illustration of different collar lapels including notch, shawl and peak


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 occasionwear you can look for 100% wool, these are finer yarns which will give a more luxurious feel and are best when they are worn less often.

Poly-viscose is also a popular choice for those looking for more trend driven product at a good price. This is a durable fabric and often also feature stretch for added comfort and movement.

“For suits that you intend to wear regularly, we suggest you invest in a second pair of trousers that you can alternate with the jacket. You’ll extend the life of your suit considerably.”– Floyd Palmer, Senior Garment Technologist

Lining

The majority of suit jackets will be fully lined and suit trousers will be half lined. However, a half or buggy lined jacket is also a great option for a slightly more relaxed feel. Buggy Lining will also make the garment more breathable, which is ideal for a lightweight summer blazer.


Lapels

“For business suits, a notch lapel is the most popular choice for a smart and formal look. Peak lapels are very versatile and lend themselves well to a stylish suit for any occasion such as a wedding, prom or day at the races. The shawl collar is a typical feature on eveningwear but, this has become more popular on other suits for a fashion forward look at any time of the day.” – Lloyd Moyce, Assistant Buyer

FABRIC GLOSSARY
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Plain and Twill weaves

Plain weave, panama fabrics are light and versatile whilst twills add more body and weight to the fabric with a little more drape.

Herringbone

A textured fabric that creates a two-way striped twill effect which gives a richness to a plain fabric. It can be in either a single colour to be tonal texture or a two colour design.

Pin-dot

A semi plain texture that has small dots in a contrast colour, usually lighter than the base colour. A nice fabric for an evening out or a special occasion.

Birdseye

This is a twill-based design and a traditional fabric that is great for important meetings or a wedding.

POW / Prince of Wales

This is a classic check design created on Savile Row for a prince and is now the classic go-to check design. It works well in blues for a modern and tonal interpretation and looks great in grey for a classic look.

Flannel

This offers more of a brushed finish on a fabric and is a perfect winter option.

Sharkskin

A wedding staple, usually in pale grey, this is a semi-plain design that has a zig-zag appearance. A classic design and a good staple for the summer.