When shopping for a suit, be it for business or pleasure, there are certain guidelines that can ensure you purchase the suit that best meets your needs. Whether you choose to purchase a pant suit or a skirt suit is a personal preference, however, above all else you want to make sure that the suit you purchase matches the occasion you are purchasing the suit for.
When choosing a suit for an interview it is important to present a highly professional and polished appearance. It is recommended if you are in the financial sector such as banking or lawyer, that on your initial interview you choose a black suit. The suit material should be wool or a wool-blend, as these fabrics tend to resist wrinkles and helps you to maintain a professional appearance. If you choose to wear a skirt suit to your interview make sure your skirt falls no higher than an inch above your knee. Anything higher will appear unprofessional and also could prove challenging when standing after being seated during your interview.
Suit pants should also be carefully fitted. Your pant legs should fall so they hanging and are not too tight. The cuffs of your pants should fall slightly below your ankle, but not drag on the ground. If you are a larger woman avoid pants with pleats and opt for flat-front pants, which have a more slimming effect and clean appearance. Your suit jacket should fit your body type and be conservative. If you are a larger woman, consider purchasing a three-button jacket that will hide your curves. Average sized women and petite women can choose either a one or two-button jacket. For second and third interviews grey, navy blue or navy blue pin-striped are all acceptable and recommended.
Once you land the job you can relax a bit, but it is still important to aim for a stylish and sophisticated look. While you need not dress in a black suit every day, you do want your suit to maintain a professional and classic appearance, therefore you should choose traditional suit colors such as grey, navy blue and more often today browns, though browns and tans do give off a more casual appearance.
The office isn’t the only place you’ll be required to wear a suit. In fact, you will also find that a nice suit is perfect for a wedding, an elegant evening out, or wearing to a business dinner. These suits will be made of materials that are decidedly more feminine, such as silk, and are often embellished with beading and other details. Unlike business suits, evening suits can have jackets that are more playful and feminine including a cinched waist.
When purchasing your suit keep in mind that a suit is an investment. Depending on your build and body type, you’ll more than likely want to have your suit tailored so that it fits perfectly. Considering that a good suit can cost anywhere from $200 to $500, the $30 to $60 you’ll spend on alterations is well worth the cost. Additionally, have your tailor measure for the alterations.