How to Buy a Suit
Made with softer canvas (the inside lining of your jacket) and less padding. Considered the "American" style.
Made with stiffer canvas and usually has a padded shoulder. The "British" or "European" model.
Your jacket's lapels should hug your shirt collar, particularly in back. You want about a half inch of shirt collar showing at the back of your neck.
Has a triangular notch cut into it.
The most formal lapel option; the lower blade extends above the upper blade.
The lapel has a smooth line, with no cut; typically seen on formalwear.
Prominent ridge at the shoulder seam.
A very slight ridge, but basically appears flat.
A low "knocked-down" shoulder; typically unpadded.
A single button or single row of buttons. (Never button the bottom one.)
One side of the jacket overlaps the other and is secured by a double row of buttons.
Two vents (slits) placed on either side of the back of the jacket. (Yes, the string on them should be cut.)
One vent cut up the middle of the jacket. Againcut that string.
Trousers that don't have any pleats under the waistband.
One pleat on either pant leg (this helps some fabrics drape better).
Two pleats on either pant leg (helps with fabric drape and provides a bit more room).
About one half inch of your shirt cuff should show below your jacket sleeve. This needs to be tailored to fit you perfectly.
The uncuffed hem; provides an overall cleaner look.
Hemmed with a fixed cuff. Good for pleated trousers or heavier-weight wools (with the exception of tuxedos, which should never be cuffed).
The "break" is the crease formed when your trousers are hemmed. With a full break, your trouser hem reaches the top of your shoe heel in back.
The safe bet for most trousers. There's still a crease in the trouser leg, but a considerably smaller one than with a full break.
No crease at allyour trouser hem skims the front of your shoe. Typically reserved for slim-leg trousers.