Tips on Buying a Men's Slim-fit Suit by Lindsay Law

For a sleek, modern suit different from traditional men's suits, why not try a slim-fit suit on for size? Cut narrower in the waist and legs, a slim-fit suit gives you a fashionable, fitted style perfect for the office, a church function or a more formal occasion. Read on for tips on buying men's slim suits that flatter your body and are versatile enough for many different events.

Selecting slim-fit suits
  • Get the skinny. 
Typically, men's slim suits feature a tapered waist, slim and slightly tapered legs and a narrower point-to-point shoulder measurement. If you have muscular arms, defined legs or a wide waist, a men's dress suit cut in a slim fit may not work best for you. However, slim-fit men's suits can help you achieve a flattering silhouette and visually trim a full chest or stomach as well
  • Wear the pants. 
When purchasing a men's dress suit, it is important to find suit pants that fit well. Men's slim-fit suit pants, unlike most suits for men, feature a lower rise and have a slightly shorter length in addition to their slim fit. These suits for men also have a flat front instead of a pleated one, which adds to their sleek, polished look.
  • Take your coat. 
A slim-fit men's dress suit features a narrower lapel with a higher gorge (or notch), lower button stance to lengthen the body and a shorter suit coat length overall. Smaller and softer shoulder pads also characterize slim-fit men's dress suits, and many also feature a two-button suit coat instead of a three-button style.
  • Slim down.  
As with all slimming suits, you should pick a men's slim-fit suit only if you're comfortable with its close fit and sleek look. A suit in navy blue, black or black pinstripes can also visually trim men who are stockier and are restricted by slimming suits.