Things to keep in mind before getting your next suit

A good suit is an essential piece of clothing that every man need to have in their collection. Whether it’s for work, a wedding or any other formal event, having the right suit is indispensable in making the right impression. But picking out or tailoring ones next suit can be a daunting task for anyone. The fabric, size, style, colour, tailoring and budget all play their part in making the right suit. And for anyone who’s relatively inexperienced or getting their first suit on their own, it can be quite a headache. And the last thing any man wants is to not look good in their new suit.  

So here are a few things men should keep in mind before getting their next suit.

Having a clear idea of the desired suit

Buying a new suit doesn’t start in the store, it starts in one’s head. Deciding on a two-piece or a three-piece suit, the colour, material, style or even buying it readymade or buying the cloth and tailoring it, is something one should have an idea off beforehand. Each option has its own merits and it’s on the buyer to decide which route they are going to take. So a clear vision is the first step in getting there. 

Correctly matching the trousers with the coat

One of the biggest rookie mistakes is buying a black coat to match with a black pair of trousers.  A suit is a matching coat and trousers made from the same type of fabric and colour. Merely matching two different coat and trousers, no matter how similar they are, is not going to work as well as one would think it would. 

Sticking to the basics

When it comes to choosing the colour of suits, one can never go wrong with the classics. Sticking to the timeless black, grey, brown and navy blue color for suits is never a bad idea.  And pairing them with the right shirt and tie is a sure-fire way to get the best out of the suit. Checkered and patterned suits are blowing up right now on Instagram and Facebook and that opens up the door to new possibilities. We do recommend losing the pinstripes as it does seem a bit dated.

 Getting the right size

Unlike most other clothing suits don’t generally come in small, medium or large, rather they are fitted to the buyer’s measurements. So getting the correct measurement is crucial for anyone looking for a new suit, especially for the shoulders, torso and height. One of the most common missteps people make when getting a new suit is buying one that’s too big.

Pro tip: The suit should hug the wearer’s frame as closely as possible without it being tight.   

Detailing of the lapel, buttons and hemming the trousers   

Getting the right lapel style and the number of buttons are some of the finer detail but they are just as important. Lapel types are generally two; the notch style which is more casual and versatile and the more formal peak style. As for buttons, the buyer can go for two buttons to three buttons on the torso depending on their choice. Another detail to notice is whether the coat sleeves or trouser length is correct and hemming them if they are longer. Also when it comes to trousers, opting for flat front pants instead of the pleated pant are commendable. 

A good tailor can make all the difference

It’s always wise to have a trusty tailor on hand for any altering or adjustment that may be required for a suit. And a good tailor can help you get the most out of a suit even if it’s a bit off or if it gets damaged. Most suits are made to be alterable and even a lower-priced suit, in the hands of a skilful tailor can make it look and feel much better.

Getting a suit is a rite of passage for many men and hopefully, the pointers above will help in getting the perfect suit next time around.  

6 factors to look out for while buying sneakers (and our recommendations)

Shoes are essential for making a long-lasting impression of yourself wherever you commute. But that isn’t the sole purpose of sneakers and shoes. Sometimes, sandals just don’t cut it for casual activities, especially in Dhaka. And so, here are the essentials when you want to go shoe shopping for Dhaka.

Vulcanized Soles

Shoes go through a lot of strenuous use on the streets of Dhaka. From running to the leap of faith for catching a bus, the soles take the beating that no man can endure in his lifetime. Imagine getting stomped on at least a thousand times a day. Which is why a vulcanized soles are essential. A vulcanized sole is extra durable for most conditions in Dhaka, and these have become pretty standard in Dhaka’s market by now.

Made with breathable materials

Amateur shoemakers don’t often recognize this essential part of making shoes, which is why local fashion designers often screw up this part for making shoes. They’ll charge you a hefty premium for its design and color, but the insides of the shoes might give up within a week. This is why shoes like Converse and Vans are widely used, and the reason why brands like Nike and Adidas value air ventilation inside the shoe.

Midsole type

First, recognize the kind of feet you have. Understanding that, decide on your type of shoe. Neutral-arched feet: if your feet are neither overly arched nor flat, look for shoes with firm midsoles and straight to semi-curved lasts. Flat feet: people with flat feet benefit from a straight last and motion control shoes to help stabilize your feet. High-arched feet: high arches can contribute to joint pain and strain on muscles, so look for cushioned soles for your convenience.

Weight

Try to find the perfect balance of weight for your shoes, especially sneakers. Don’t pick shoes that drag your feet down like it’ll drag you down to hell, and don’t buy shoes that are lighter than a feather. Lighter shoes might compromise quality or durability for weight savings. On that note, wearing heavy basketball shoes are a no-go if you expect to do a lot of walking – save those Jordans for actual occasions (that actually isn’t playing basketball, for most people).

Stitching

Look for shoes that are actually stitched, not glued on like a toy made by a five year old. Good quality shoes need to be stitched together, or they fall apart quite easily. The shoes should be double stitched, and triple stitched shoes are even better.

Lace protection

Few people pay attention to this aspect, but this is one of the most important aspects of buying a shoes. If the lace holes aren’t reinforced with metal, there’s a chance that strain and abuse from Dhaka might rip off the openings, leaving you with the most unappealing loafer, ever.
These are some recommended shoes that are more than appropriate for travelling in Dhaka, just because of how well made they are.
What shoes are you wearing in Dhaka? Have a recommendation for others? Feel like we should included more items in our list? Let us know!