The Simple Suit Buying Guide

Hello, I’m Tim. Over my 15-year career in the fashion and hospitality industries, I have worked as a stylist to numerous celebrities and industry leaders, including a stint as the personal assistant and stylist to Sean “Diddy” Combs.

I’m serious about dressing well. In fact, I design all of my own shirts, suits and formal wear, working directly with my tailor, visiting his workshop twice a year to oversee the construction, cut, fit and finish of all my clothes.

Realistically, I know that most people don’t have this luxury, so I hope to impart some wisdom to all the guys out there about how to dress like a superstar without the price tag.

Rule 1: Wear a suit that fits and don’t be afraid. I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to spend a fortune on a suit to look good. I’d say that 85 percent of how good you look in a suit depends on the tailoring. Get measured in a menswear store—you might be surprised that you’ve been wearing the wrong size clothes.

Rule 2: After you know your correct sizes, choose a design that complements your body shape. For example, a double-breasted pinstripe suit can have a slimming effect.

Rule 3: Try to avoid buying suits that are too trendy. Stay away from anything with more than three buttons, zippered pockets, embroidery, rhinestones, etc. These pieces will most likely be relegated to the back of your closet after a year.

Overall, I would like to encourage a return to more traditional dressing “values.” I believe that gentlemen should dress up more. If you’re taking a lady on a date, wear a jacket to dinner. And it appalls me to see grown men wear jeans to weddings. These special events are what we live our lives for, and I feel that we should show our respect by dressing up.

I also believe people treat each other better when they’re dressed up. When you dress like a gentleman, the odds are that you’ll act like one, too.