How to Make Inexpensive Suits Look Expensive

Whether it’s worn once a year or every day, owning a suit is an important part of being a professional. Owning a suit doesn’t actually need to be expensive, especially with these tricks to make any suit look significantly better.

Wear the Right Colors

Wearing a suit is about being dressed well and isn’t necessarily about the price of the clothing. Choose a suit that looks good on the wearer in an attractive color and pattern. Then, accent the suit with socks, shoes, a tie, and a shirt that all complement the suit’s preexisting color palette.

Monochromatic palettes are easy to pull off, so try wearing all-grey, all-black, or all-navy. Another option is to use a theme like cool tones, contrasting colors, or any other style that strikes the wearer’s fancy and fits within the options available. Don’t be afraid to try out a uniquely patterned tie, especially if it’s for a casual event.

Use a Steam Cleaner

A well-pressed cheap suit looks better than a wrinkled and expensive one. Instead of messing with a hot iron every morning, try investing in a handheld steam cleaner. Hang the suit off of a wall hook or a rack. Then, use a combination of steam and gravity to smooth out all of the wrinkles.

One of the mistakes that many people make when steam-cleaning a garment is that they forget to give it time to dry. The room that the suit is in needs to have good ventilation so that the humidity does not linger and gives the fabric a smell.

Visit a Tailor

Something that many people don’t realize is that suit alterations are relatively expensive. For around $100-$200, most tailors will adjust a suit to fit the wearer’s frame. Buying a cheap suit and having it fitted is often a more economical choice, and it will look better than a nice suit that hasn’t been adjusted.

For a bit of extra flair, ask your tailor to replace the suit buttons with more interesting ones. Metal buttons will look bright and professional, while colored buttons can give a suit a relaxed and casual appearance.

Suits look nice when they fit the wearer, are well-maintained, and are worn with style. Whether you buy a cheap suit or invest in something more expensive, keep it looking good to look like a professional.

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