Guest Blogger; Jarred Mikael Ricks (J. Mikael Tailored Collection)
Although jeans and t-shirt may be your first preference, there are a variety of different settings in life that will call for a well-fitting suit. There will be times – a friend’s wedding, a night time event, or maybe even an interview in the field of your dreams – when your suits will come in handy.
There are at least 5 suits every man should own (to the highest quality he can afford):
1. Navy Blue: Single Breasted
A good quality Navy Blue suit is timeless. It can be dressed up for a variety of different settings ranging from graduations, weddings, and even in business. My recommendation would be to select a middle range wool fabric so you can wear the suit all year around if you’re in the beginning stages of building your wardrobe. Navy Blue suits can pretty much match with any colored shirts, ties, and flows nicely with black or brown belt/shoes which makes it a reliable every-day option.
2. Charcoal Grey: Single Breasted
When selecting suiting, be specific with colors. Light grey suits are more appropriate for summer and spring. However, charcoal grey can be worn all year around which is why this is option number two. Again, mid-range wool fabric is recommended. Solid grey is a key staple for a men’s wardrobe due to its versatility (business casual or business).
3. Black Suit: Single Breasted
Some would suggest a tuxedo is essential for a man’s wardrobe. I would agree, but if you’re just starting out, you will get much more bang for your buck purchasing a classic black suit that fits you well. The benefit of having a black suit versus a tux is that you can wear black to formal events or non-formal functions such as a funeral, etc. Please note: navy and charcoal grey are more appropriate for business settings.
4. Summer Suit
When selecting summer suiting, keep in mind lightweight materials and brighter colors. To start out, light greys, blues, and khaki colors will give you the most versatility while also demonstrating to all who come in contact with you that dress well, and understand appropriate fabric/colors for the season. Never wear these colors in the fall or winter.
5. The Patterned Suit
This should be your absolute last purchase for suiting due to the fact that you will not get the same level of versatility that you would with a solid colored suit. However, patterned suits do help bring your personality to life. Please note: it takes time to build your wardrobe to the point where you need a patterned suit. It does not make sense to purchase a patterned suit if you do not own a quality navy blue or charcoal grey solid at a minimum.
Remember: When purchasing a suit, the most important factor is the FIT. You can be draped in the finest fabric that costs thousands of dollars, but if it doesn’t fit well, it’s a bad investment.