As fall arrives many employers raise their expectations for professional dress. For many of us this means exchanging cotton Polo's and silk t-shirts for a new suit. When buying a suit, the label and the price tag aren't always the best way to judge value. By evaluating the construction details before you buy, you will make a wise investment that will add to your professional image.
* The suit should look and feel comfortable. 100% wool is still considered the best quality for a business suit. The smoother the texture, the more refined the suit will appear. For moderate and warmer climates, 'tropical weight' or 'four season's weight' fabrics will give you the most wearability.
* Check for flaws in the fabric such as holes, weakened or thin areas. This is an indication of poor quality fabric. Avoid buying a suit made with recycled fibers.
* Watch out for loose threads or crooked stitching. All threads including topstitching should match the fabric unless designed for contrast. Contrast stitching is seldom appropriate for a man's business suit.
* Fully lined jackets drape best and look more finished. Check to see that the lining is smooth. Although a half lined jacket will feel more comfortable in warmer climates, it will only be appropriate for a relaxed work environment.
* Lined trousers drape best. For comfort in warmer weather, pants may be lined to the knee.
* Patterns such as stripes, checks and plaids should match up at the seams.
* Check all buttons and fasteners to make sure they are securely sewn on. Additional buttons should be included in your purchase just in case.
* Edges and corners should lie flat without bulk or puckering. Hems are secure and invisible from the outside.
A quality suit that is well maintained will look great for many years. Learn to make the most of your purchase by judging the quality of 'those little details' before you buy.
Kimberly Law, AICI CIP is an Image Advisor and principal of Personal Impact International founded in 1999. She is the first in Western Canada to receive international recognition as a Certified Image Professional through the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) ( www.aici.org). She currently serves as AICI Area Ambassador for British Columbia, Canada. She served on AICI's International Board of Directors as Vice President of Membership for 2004 to 2006. She specialises in all aspects of self presentation including appearance, behaviour and communication, and designs a variety of customized programs for individuals, businesses, educational and not for profit organizations. For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Kimberly Law at 604-298-7228, email firstname.lastname@example.org" or visit
Kimberly Law, AICI CIP is a Certified Professional Image and Etiquette Consultant and principal of Personal Impact International founded in 1999. She is an author and a speaker, and works with companies, men and women helping them refine their look from head to toe and enhance professional communication, to help her clients look and act their very best, always! She is one of only 125 image consultants world-wide and was the first in Western Canada to receive international recognition as a 'Certified Image Professional' through the Association of Image Consultants International ( www.aici.org). She was elected to serve as AICI's President Elect for the 2010 - 2011 term. And has been has been featured as a personal image expert across Canada through the media. For further information or to arrange an interview please contact Kimberly Law at tel: 604-298-7228, mobile: 604-626-3907, email: email@example.com visit
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