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.

Frank Muytjens

"When buying a suit, by default guys go one size bigger to hide their bodies. Don't do this; you should always buy your size. The rule of thumb is that it all starts with the shoulder: Make sure that the shoulder of the jacket follows your natural shoulder line. The jacket should be slightly tapered. This is one of my favorite features in our Ludlow suit. It should also feel snug, but not tight, and you should still have some room to move. You'll be amazed at what a good-fitting jacket does for your posture and confidence."

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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