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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.

Elisabetta Canali

"Choose a comfortable style, the shape that best suits your silhouette to make you feel at ease without losing your savoir-faire."

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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