When buying a suit, the easiest option is to pick one up from the supermarket rack. But that’s also the worst option, because most readymade suits at your local mall shopping centre look good only on the mannequins. When you buy and start wearing them, they lose their fit, their shape, and their colour. You might say that it’s hard to spot a low-quality suit when it looks good at first glance. But it isn’t really hard, if you know certain things to look for.
What things? Here they are…
Examine The Fabric
You may not be an expert, but examining the fabric of a suit is actually easy. Premium quality suits are made of pure wool. Therefore the first thing you need to check when buying a suit is whether it’s made of pure wool or polyester or blended materials. Look for raw or virgin wool since recycled wool isn’t very strong. The weave should be smooth with no loose strands or knots, since they lead to pilling. Pilling is the biggest sign of inferior quality materials.
The thread count of a fabric determines its softness and durability. A ‘super’ fabric is one that has a thread count of 100 or higher. The optimal thread count is between 110 and 150. If the thread count is higher than 200, the material will be soft, but it will lose its durability. To ensure the best thread count, do a little online research, read the fabric labels carefully and ask the salespersons at the store if you have any query.
Check The Seams
A quality suit has firmer seams that indicate they are stronger and will last long. The best way to determine the seam is to gently pull them a little apart. If there’s a lot of spacing between the stitches, the seam is not strong. Seams that aren’t flat or have been overstitched or have loose or visible threads are all warning signs.
Check The Buttonholes
Although this may not seem important when your coat is buttoned, it is one of the best ways to determine the make of a suit. Of course, a readymade suit from a store isn’t going to have the standard of work that you find in a bespoke suit, but check that the suit’s button holes don’t have tattered edges, loose threads, or weak stitching and seams. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check that the buttons also are sewn on firmly.
Check The Fit
Whether you’re buying a readymade suit or getting it tailored, you must always check the fit. A high-quality suit at the right size should fit you well and make you feel great in it. The coat shouldn’t stretch, pull or bunch when it’s buttoned, and the fabric should be soft and comfortable. Don’t buy the suit if the fabric feels weak, stiff, or loose.