Today I was listening to Justin Timberlake’s new album, “the 20/20 experience”. For some reason, part of me hadn’t really wanted to like it. I haven’t listened since I bought it weeks ago and was feeling fairly “meh” about the absurdly long songs. Well, it got me, and I don’t know if it was just because it’s actually catchy or I was imagining JT suited up.
As long as he’s got his suit and tie, the world is a better place to live in.
Truth is, though, I really don’t know much about suits. I watched my dad wear one every day to work, I own a couple that I used on professional Miss O appearances, and I’m known to ogle at sharply dressed gentlemen (though they are less common in Portlandia). So I asked myself and subsequently googled: what makes a good suit?
Okay not that kind of suit… (you know I couldn’t resist)
What seemed to be consistent results were:
Quality fabric- I feel like this goes without saying, but I didn’t realize it’s wool or bust. One needs a suit that can breath.
Hand sewn- this allows for the structure to be more fitted, and not flat from using a machine
Lining- this is the inner layer of fabric that lies closest to the body. It should be made of a breathable fabric. Nobody wants to wear a garbage bag.
Canvassed over Fused- this means there is a layer in between the lining and outer fabric that shapes the garment. Were it fused, there would be a material stuck with adhesive to the outer fabric to give it thickness, but it wouldn’t hang quite as well.
Details- this is what takes a suit from being a uniform to an earmark of a dude who knows the word “debonair”.
Fit- if the suit doesn’t look like it was made for your body, you’d be better off in your birthday suit. One of the key elements to a great suit is making sure all the hems and seams are right where they should be. Don’t mess around get it tailored so you don’t look like this:
Sorry bro, that’s not going to get you a date to the office party.
The bottom line with suits is that you can’t fake quality. To get the perfect suit, one must know right from wrong and tight from long. Standing out means taking high-quality detailing to the next level, and you have to be prepared to dish out for those top-notch duds.
Let’s take a moment of silence (aka speechlessness) at some beautiful….. suits.
And of course:
To all of my straight females and gay males reading out there: you’re welcome.
And for all of my fellow How I Met Your Mother fans: well… you know what to do.