Buying Your First Suit Series - Part II: How to Buy the Perfect Suit

Now that we have laid out why one needs a suit let’s take a look at how to buy the right suit

Let’s face it, there are hundreds if not thousands of choices available to you when you are looking for a new suit; off the rack, tailored, custom made, bespoke… you name it. At Benici, we want to provide you with the best advice so that you can get a bang for your bucks. Follow our guidelines to determine which choice is the best for you.

1-Where is it Made?

We are only going to consider good quality suits made by “first-tier” clothing producers such as France, England, Italy, and local tailors. We believe that suit are investments worth making, and it simply does not seem to make sense to buy a disposable garment that is going to get ruined within a few months of use.

Finance talks aside, we are preparing a nice guide for you to understand why Made in Italy suits are different. (Stay tuned for more updates)

2-The Budget: “The Mathematical Way”

How much will you have to spend?

By browsing major retailers, you will notice that off-the-rack suits sell for as little as $800, made to measure start at $1200 to $1600, and finally bespoke suits start at around $2,000 and can go all the way up to $15,000 or more. 

Looking at your budget is one of the first ways to decide which option to choose. Generally, this trick will allow you to quickly decide whether you will or will not opt for a bespoke garment. Things get a little tougher when choosing among made to measure and off-the-rack, but if the difference in price is substantial enough you should be able to narrow down your options without further considerations. 

-The Budget: “The Logical Way”

Blindly looking at numbers may work, but what happens if your budget can wiggle? This is when things get tough.

You know that you can afford a made to measure suit, but MAYBE an off-the rack “will do just fine”.

You know that you want to feel the excitement of choosing your favourite fabric, having your name written inside your blazer, and even picking your suit configuration; but MAYBE saving up will be more rewarding.

You know that you don’t want to pay for a tailor to taper your pants, shorten your arms, shrink your sides; but MAYBE your mom will do it for free.

In short, you are going to spend your days writing endless lists of pro’s and con’s without really ever getting to an end solution. So what do you do?

Luckily, there is a fourth option: BENICI. If you do not care about fancy stores and pushy shop assistants, you can save your wallet the trouble and give your wardrobe some style with our collection of custom made Italian suits that start at only $899. The price is comparable to an off-the rack suit, but you get all the added perks of a garment that is yours and uniquely yours. 

4-The Occasion

Where are you going to wear it?

At a friend’s marriage? At the office? At the bar on a night out with your buddies? Answering this question is crucial to determining the right suit to buy; the more formal the occasion is, the more formal should the suit be. For example, opt for neutral colors and subtle details if presented with a formal occasion such as a marriage. On the other hand, lean towards more catchy designs and colors for a casual occasions such as a dinner with friends.

5-The Style

What do you want your soul mate to look like?

A suit is by no means a uniform, it is a reflection of your style and personality. It should have all the features that you desire, and most importantly, it should be yours and uniquely yours. This is why care and patience are paramount when customizing your garment. Don’t rush, and feel free to ask for advice to one of Benici’s specialists.

Unfortunately, there are no step by step guides that we can write based on everyone’s objective taste, but there are some general guidelines that should be taken into consideration. We have spent some time to write tips for every step of the customization process available on our website. Simply pick a suit, click on customize now, and hoover over the options that you have available. Detailed explanations and advice will be provided instantaneously. This way, you can make no mistake.

Prof. Benici’s Recommendation: Are you still unsure? Ask one of Benici’s Style Specialists for advice on how to customize your suit.

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