How to Buy and Wear a Suit: Advice from 19 Top Menswear Designers

Invest in a well-tailored suit today and you'll be wearing it for years to come. But when it comes to finding the right style and getting the perfect fit, we turn to the experts—Michael Bastian, Tom Ford, Paul Smith—and others for their input on color, cut, and comfort.


There's more to looking good in a suit than getting one in your size. All the parts should come together to form an ensamble of patterns, color, and style—easier said than done. If you're under the impression that you can wear the same look for the office, formal occasions, or casual Friday: Look no further.

Before purchasing your next suit, take some advice from 19 of our favorite menswear designers including Rick Owens, Giorgio Armani, Todd Snyder, and more.

Giorgio Armani

"When choosing a suit, a man should look for something that he can wear, and not something that will wear him. In other words, elegance, sophistication, and timeless style are always better than of-the-moment trends, which will date—and date the wearer."

"As for style, a two-button suit is more timeless than a three or a one-button. A single-breasted is more versatile than double—allowing you to dress your suit up or down more freely and use the jacket as a separate more easily."

Slide 1, 3-4, 10-12, 14, 17-19: Photographs courtesy of respective personalities; Slide 2, 5, 7, 9: Photographs courtesy of Montrose; Slide 6: Photograph courtesy of Michael Lewis; Slide 8: Photograph courtesy of Nicholas Prakas; Slide 13: Photograph courtesy of OwensCorp; Slide 15: Bonobos; Slide 16: Photograph courtesy of Thibault Montamat.
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