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In Search of the Perfect Suit

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 /


Has the suit had its day? Even though trends have moved to a more ‘mix and match’ approach there are still many industries and professions where  you are required to be suited and booted.

So here are some of the things to bear in mind when buying a suit and making sure you get the right fit.

1. Colour

For work the darker the colour the more authoritative you appear. For example, on a scale of 1 to 10 (where 1 is white and 10 is black) you want to wear a colour that is 5+. The obvious choice would be investing in a black suit because ‘it goes with everything’ but I feel that black can often (not always) be too harsh with colour. It’s best to combine black with white, cream or grey.

Instead opt for a (still conservative) charcoal or navy suit. Not only will they go with so many other colours but also means that you don’t look like you have played it completely safe. If your industry and confidence allows – embrace colour.

2. The Cut

I often hear from clients that they find it difficult to find a suit that works for their body shape. This makes sense given that suits were originally designed for men. Suiting has evolved and are available in a number of styles including boxy, fitted, semi fitted or draped.If you understand your body shape (Hourglass, Rectangle, Triangle and Inverted Triangle) and know the shapes that flatter your figure it will be much easier to identify the silhouettes that will work for you.

Check out next week’s post – Top 10 Suits, which will be categorised by colour, shape and style. There will be lots of detail so that you can work out the best match for you.

3. The Fit

An ill-fitting suit can undermine your look. When buying off the rack, alterations are the key to getting the perfect fit.

What you should look for:

  • Jackets that fit well across the shoulders and bust area with no creasing or excess fabric.
  • Jackets that can be done up.
  • Skirts that finish no higher than 5cm above the knee.
  • Skirts and trousers that you are able to fit two fingers between the waist band and you, any more and the it’s too big, any less and it’s probably too tight.
  • Traditionally for trousers, the line of the fabric should fall straight from your bottom to the floor rather than contour around your bottom. However, as fashion evolves we are seeing more contoured styles (this does not include leggings!) in the workplace. If your work is more conservative then opt for a straighter style.
  • Trousers that finish where the heel and the sole of the shoe meet.

Remember stay tuned for next week when I’ll post the Top 10 Suits categorised by colour, shape and style.

Do you need help to discover your best colours, styles and shapes? Join me at the Hub – Canberra Centre on Sunday 31st August for Group Colour and Group Style Sessions. Find out more.


3 Responses to “In Search of the Perfect Suit”

  1. Jacinta says:

    Hi Fiona
    I really like the suits on the left and right in the picture. Can you tell me what brand they are?
    Many thanks

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