How to spot a cheap suit

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Most men own at least one suit. Most men buy suits off the rack, that is, they don't have the suits tailored for them. While most retail suits look fine, it is usually easy to spot a really cheap suit, especially close-up.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Look for cheap materials. A suit of decent quality will probably be made of 100 per cent wool, or blended with a high quality material such as cashmere. Less expensive suits are blended with materials such as polyester.

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    Check the weave of the suit. A cheap suit will be made with a looser weave, that is, the threads of the material will be more widely spaced. This will give the suit less body and shape. A more expensive suit will be made with a denser weave, even when it is made from a lighter weight wool.

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    Beware of poor tailoring. While even the best suits will almost always need tailoring to fit an individual, cheap suits are not constructed well overall. The seams may also be skimpy, which will make it difficult to let the suit out, because of a lack of available material. The material may also be mismatched if the suit has stripes or a pattern.

Tips and warnings

  • Outlet stores often have good quality suits at lower prices. This is a better option than a cheap suit, if your budget is a major concern.
  • Most suits will need some alterations. A better quality store will often offer alterations as a service for no or low cost.
  • Even the best suits will show wear eventually. If frequently dry cleaned, wool can become shiny and eventually wear through. This happens much more quickly with cheap suits, however.

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