How to Buy a Suit: Everything You Need to Know

Buying a suit can be a complicated process. You have to consider every aspect of its design, and chances are, you won’t just pick up a suit that fits without any alterations. That’s why you need to explore this guide on how to buy a suit! We’ve outlined everything you need to know to help you throughout each step.

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Why Do You Need a Suit?

The first question you need to ask yourself is why you need to purchase a suit. The occasion can make a difference in the suit that you choose in the end. Will you be wearing it at work, or do you plan to wear it at formal occasions like weddings and celebrations?

There are different standards for different types of suits. For example, if you are purchasing a suit for an interview or daily work attire, you should keep it simple and classic. We typically recommend a dark color. No need to get fancy—remember you may be wearing it for extended periods of time.

If you need formal attire, go with black or navy. Traditionally, black is the go-to suit color for formal dinners, weddings, and funerals.

Get the Right Fit

One of the worst mistakes you could make is purchasing a suit that doesn’t fit correctly. It might be in your best interest to start at a department store if you have never shopped for a suit, because an employee can guide you in the measurement process. Otherwise, just be sure that you follow measurement instructions very carefully if you choose to order online. Here are some tips on purchasing a suit that fits perfectly:


A suit that fits properly will gently envelop your shoulders without being tight, causing strain, or inhibiting movement capability. You don’t want your shoulders to be overstated in the suit, and the shoulder ends or pads should never extend past your natural shoulder line.


The fit of the shirt matters as well. Your collar should allow a bit of finger space between your neck and the collar, but not so much that it sits loosely. The fit should allow you to stick your finger in between your neck and collar when fully buttoned, but that’s about all the space needed. Go with a light color for a dress shirt.


The pants are the easy part of suit buying! Suit pants are not the same as casual trousers, however, our tailored trousers from Berle offer plenty of formality that will work nicely with your suit jacket, shirt, and tie. Always make sure that your suit paints sit at your natural waistline.

Neck Wear

Finally, you need the right neck attire to pair with your suit. Use your tie to tie the entire outfit together. The color and pattern are up to you, but we do recommend that you choose wisely. Plain colors, pin dots, and regimental starts are common go-to options that you simply can’t go wrong with!

Fabric Matters

As you pick out your suit and the elements that go with your suit, you will want to take note of your fabric options. The fabric can make a difference in your suit's comfort and style. The best fabric that money can buy is usually wool. It is more expensive, but if your budget allows, we say go for it! The best quality suits have wool in them.

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A wool blend is also a good option. Be sure to check out the percentages of the blend. The higher the wool percentage, the better quality you can count on. If you see a suit that has “super” before the material or the wool description, these suits are incredibly high quality and all of them are equally great quality.

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Upgrade Your Wardrobe Today

We hope this guide on how to buy a suit assists you. Now that you’ve learned everything you need to know, it’s time to put your best look forward with Berle! Shop any of our exclusive trouser collections, and enjoy complimentary hemming and free shipping on every order. With more than 70 years in the manufacturing industry, our team has perfected the art of delivering the best pair of trousers available today. Your upgraded wardrobe awaits!

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