When it comes to choosing the right suit for the right occasion it makes life a lot easier if your wardrobe already contains the essential staple suits which every man should own during his lifetime.
There are some key life situations requiring different suits, which are virtually guaranteed to happen from going to work, going on dates, formal occasions and then there are the changes in the season with suits for summer and winter.
To make it easier, we turned to the expert team of Dobell.co.uk and they gave us a list of five types of suit which are a complete must have for every man’s wardrobe, so here is their quick run-down:
- The formal evening suit
While you may not be swimming in invitations to black tie events, there will undoubtedly be occasions in your life where a formal evening suit is required. From a work’s do, a wedding, or a posh party – when you want to be looking your best having your own evening dinner suit is by far the best option.
Of course, you could always rent one as and when you need it but then you can’t guarantee the perfect fit and you know it’s been worn by many men before you which can take the edge off of feeling special when you dress up for the night.
Having a tailor-made dress suit is the ultimate choice for any man, even if you only wear it once a year, you will know that when you do you will look a million dollars and it will pay for itself in no time.
- A dark navy two-buttoned suit
This is the everyday suit which you can wear time and time again. It’s formal enough to wear for interviews, or for formal occasions, but easy enough to wear that it can become your daily work attire.
Look for one that’s made out of a quality durable fabric so that it will last all year round and the right material will give you more flexibility to wear the jacket and trousers separately if you wish to.
You can jazz it up with the tie and shirt that you wear underneath, going for white and plain for a formal look, to bright colours and jazzy patterns for a day when you want to be more creative.
- A mid-grey two-button suit
Clearly you can’t wear the staple navy suit all the time so the other vital choice is a grey version of the same suit. That way you can alternate between the two colours. You might even want to get a couple for the different seasons – light grey for summer and charcoal grey for winter.
Grey works perfectly as a formal suit for everyday wear as long as you again look for a durable, good quality fabric which will endure being worn regularly and will still look good every time you pick it up from the dry cleaners.
Again, with a grey suit you can keep it traditional and formal with white shirt and plain tie, or you can jazz it up to make it stand out from the crowd with a more unusual or patterned shirt and tie option.
- A black double-breasted suit
This type of suit is perfect for occasions when you want to look sharper than your average day at the office, but not quite in tux mode. It’s perfect for going out on a date or special night out, or attending a friend’s wedding, for example.
It can be used for work as well, if both of your regular suits happen to be at the cleaners, or if you are going for that career review and want to look the part for the next level up in your career.
Don’t go for a really long jacket as it will look too much like a dinner suit, but opt for good quality sharp fabric, and with this one you can go for a slight sheen as it will work well on the dark colour.
- A light linen suit
When the warmer weather hits the last thing you want to be wearing all day is a heavy dark suit but if your work demands formal attire then you will need a light summer suit to stay cool but smart.
Linen is a great choice although it can crease easily so look for a blend or an ultra-light woven fabric for your summer suit. Summer suits tend to come in paler colours and are constructed more loosely to allow for easier movement and less constriction.
When it comes to having the right suits, if you have these five to hand in your wardrobe you can’t go far wrong, and no matter what the occasion you can rest assured that you can lay your hands on the perfect attire to stay looking sharp.