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Tips on Buying a Men's Slim-Fit Suit

by Lindsay Law
Published May 19, 2010 | Updated June 12, 2015

Are you looking for a way to update your wardrobe? How about trying a slim-fit suit on for size? Slim-fit men's suits are cut narrower and are a more modern alternative to the classic business suit. If you're considering going slim with your style, read the following tips to learn more about how to make a slim-fit suit work for you.

Selecting Slim-Fit Suits:

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  • Get the Skinny

    Slim-fit suits typically feature a tapered waist, slim and slightly tapered legs, and a narrower point-to-point shoulder measurement. This style is especially flattering on men with a slim build but can give anyone a modern, trimmed-down silhouette.

  • Wear the Pants

    Men's slim-fit suit pants feature a lower rise than traditional suit pants and have a slightly shorter length. In addition, slim-fit suit pants will always have flat-front design, rather than the traditional pleated-front style, to keep an overall slim look underneath the jacket.

  • Take Your Coat

    Slim-fit dress suits almost always have a narrower lapel with a higher gorge (or notch). This pairs with a lower button stance to lengthen the look of the body, as slim-fit jackets typically have a shorter suit coat length overall. Smaller and softer shoulder pads also characterize the slim-fit, and most slim suits will have a single-breasted coat with two buttons rather than three, which is often the standard for traditional suits.

  • Dress the Part

    A slimmer style isn't all in the suit. What you wear with your slim-fit suit is just as important as the suit itself. A regular tie can appear too bulky or wide underneath a slim-fit suit, so try it with a skinny tie instead. If you're going for the more modern look, pair your suit with a shirt in a bright color or pattern to give it a little edge.

Get the Right Size Slim-Fit Suit

Fit matters with any men's suit, and this is especially true with a slim-fit suit. Before you buy any suit, refer to our men's measurement guide to learn how to find your size. And remember that all suits need to be taken to a tailor before you wear them.