How to make a cheap suit look expensive
How to make a cheap suit look expensive. Every man should have at least one good suit in his wardrobe, but you shouldn’t have to empty your wallet and buy the most expensive one out there.
While men’s suits can be costly, there are plenty of options that are just as suitable as the more expensive ones.
There’s nothing wrong with opting for a cheaper suit, so long as you know how to make them look just as fancy and professional as their pricier counterparts.
Here’s our tips on making your cheap suit look more expensive.
Take in the sleeves
In a perfect world, you can have a tailor tweak every detail of your suit, so it looks custom-made. Have him or her take in the sleeves so that they hug, not hang, your arms.
A suit that fits you well will look infinitely more expensive. When buying one, make sure the fabric falls flat against your body.
Be picky about the materials
Certain materials, such as shiny synthetic fibers, should be avoided. They don’t give the same sense of luxury as natural fabrics and tend to irritate the skin more.
Don’t be afraid to head to the sale section. One a good day, you can find an expensive suit for half the price.
Upgrade the buttons
Cheap suits come with flimsy, plastic buttons that are easily broken or lost. Ask your tailor to replace the buttons with something more professional looking. Many tailors prefer horn buttons, as they a traditional and differentiate from ready-made suits.
Add a cuff to the ankle
You should ask your tailor to give the trousers a slim, tapered leg with virtually no break in the hem. But you should also ask them to add a 1.5” cuff while you’re at it. It’s something you don’t see on budget suits so will make yours look expensive.
Working with limited colours when selecting your shirt, tie and shoes will help make the fabric of your suit look richer and finer. Avoid any bright colours as they can appear cheap, while black and navy are timeless. You can switch up the colors and patterns with each piece to create some depth. Try adding one piece like a pocket square or briefcase from different color family.
Finish with expensive shoes
It can be hard to look great when you cheap out on every element of your outfit. If you can invest in one thing, make it a pair of sturdy dress shoes that you can wear repeatedly. To keep costs down, look for a pair on sale, check sites like eBay or head to a charity shop.
How to take care of your suit
- Carry few items in your pockets during the day and remove them before hanging up your suit. This will help avoid creasing and stress on the material.
- Always hang up your suit to prevent wrinkling, air out moisture and restore shape. Let it rest 1-2 days between wears.
- Use a good quality hanger with rounded edges. Hanging your suit jacket on the back of a chair or wire hanger can damage the shoulders.
- Brush your suit to remove dirt or debris. Start at the shoulder and slowly make your way down.
- Dry cleaning wears out your suit so spot clean when possible. Only take it to the cleaners if it smells.
- Take care to pack your suit properly when you travel.
Here at Fashion.ie we always promote fashion sustainability. Where possible, please exchange your clothing with others to increase their longevity which ensures they do not go towards landfill which is bad for the environment.
Always check out how and where your clothes, beauty products and accessories are made before purchase to ensure they are not only ethically produced but environmentally friendly. We can all play our part and make the difference to working towards a better and cleaner fashion environment here in Ireland.