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Suit up to impress your boss



Published: Thu, October 19, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Keep these tips in mind when shopping for business attire.

SCRIPPS HOWARD

Summer is long gone, and it's time to get serious about work. So you might as well look the part!

Many men need at least a couple of good business suits -- whether it's for work or for more formal social functions. And while this is definitely not the time of year to get a deal (shop at the end of season for sales), now is the time to find the best selection. Keep the following shopping tips in mind and you'll definitely impress the boss:

Fabric is your most important consideration. We prefer a wool-microfiber blend. It will hold its shape, resist creasing and last a long time.

Fit is obviously also important. Most suits can be altered no more than one or two sizes and a jacket that doesn't fit in the shoulders usually can't be fixed at all.

Good quality suits have a third layer of fabric inserted in the lapel, which allows the lapel to roll smoothly as well as lie flat.

Lining helps clothing hang well, but it shouldn't be sewn down anywhere except in the perimeter (at the hem and the bottom of the sleeves) and at the armholes.

Puckering in the shoulders cannot be ironed out! Make sure the seams sit straight and smooth across the shoulders.

If you're considering a patterned suit, make sure the pattern matches up at the seams.

Cuffed pants create a more formal look while un-cuffed pants create the illusion of longer legs.




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