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How to Buy Boys' Suits

2017-01-10

Shopping for suits is a little more involved than stocking up on staples. Boys' formalwear is harder to come by than tees and jeans, and since suits are often purchased for special occasions, presentation is key.


What to Look For:

Decide where your priorities lie.

On a tight budget? Suits can run as low as $20. Really.
Need easy care? Look for durable and resilient fabrics like wool, which is breathable and naturally stain repellent. Some suits are even machine washable.
Prefer natural fabrics? They typically cost more than synthetics, but the feel is more appealing to young skin and the quality is evident.

Also be sure to factor in the value of comfort and confidence, which can make the difference between cooperation and complaining.

Even boys who need a little coaxing to suit up may be swayed with a few compromises. Make concessions on the details, or give them choices between two acceptable options.


Quality Construction:

If you're buying a suit primarily for a special occasion, play it safe until the big event.

After that, work the suit separates into your boy's everyday wardrobe. Kids can totally rock the suit trousers and tee look for school, and wear a suit jacket with jeans or other pants to dine out or tour the museums.

Dressing with a little formality from time to time encourages boys to consider their presence and practice good etiquette.


A Proper Fit:

This isn't the time to buy large. If buying for a particular occasion down the line, try to hold off until closer to the event. One good growth spurt can seriously alter the fit of a suit.


Suit Jacket:

- Shoulder - Seams should hit on the edge of his shoulder, not below or above. Shoulders shouldn't pucker or pull.
- Waist - The jacket should nip in slightly at the true waist, without pulling.
- Lapels - Lapels should lie flat on the chest.

- Choose the fit and style that best suits your boy. A modern silhouette features higher armholes, a trimmer torso and slightly shorter jacket length.


Dress Shirt:

- Sleeves should end at joint of hand and wrist.

- 1/4" - 1/2" of the shirt cuff should show.


Pants:

- Seat - Fabric across the seat should drape, not sag.
- Hem -  Pant legs should have a light break, with a gentle slant back. The bottom of the hem should hit no more than halfway down the back of shoe, and may just brush the top of the shoe on more sartorial styles.

- Front - Pleats are considered dated in some circles, a personal preference in others. Most modern styles are flat-front. Choose what he's most comfortable in.


Accessories:

Mix in personal style with accessories and layers. In general, boys can be daring with accessories. Bright colors and playful patterns are a fun surprise.

- Belts
- Bow Ties
- Cardigans
- Coats
- Neck Ties
- Scarves
- Socks
- Suspenders 

- T-Shirts

- Waistcoats/Vests

Source: kids fashion