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LA Stylists Offer Suit Shopping Tips

September 24, 2013 6:00 AM

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Fall is upon us and we are now in shopping mode for fall and winter clothes, including suits for the office or for that special occasion. The tips in this article will lead you in the right direction on how to find the perfect suit. 

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Jennifer Ilene Perry
www.captureessencephotography.com
 
Jennifer Ilene Perry has worked as an assistant stylist to celebrity and fashion editorial stylists over the years and as a photographer. She also works as a wardrobe stylist and costume designer on indie films, music videos, commercials and photo shoots. Jennifer’s tip for men’s suits is fit is everything. You want a nice European-cut fit so that it tapers at the waist and doesn’t look boxy and appear larger and disproportionate. The suit should be tailored by a great tailor. It is definitely worth the money. The pant fit is just as important and should fit the thighs right so there is no rubbing and no bagging. The pant hem should be about an inch to an inch and a half above the dress shoe heel. The same tips apply for a woman’s suit.

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Janel Moore
www.ellsworth-us.com
 
Janel Moore is the designer and founder of the California-based women’s ready-to-wear label, Ellsworth. The line consists of modern classics focusing on clean lines, combining sharp tailoring with feminine silhouettes. A women’s suit does not always have to consist of a jacket and pair of pants. Her take is that as long as it’s tailored to a T, you can mix it up with a skirt, structured dress or even a pair of shorts. Always choose fabrics that apply to the season; linen and cotton for spring/summer and stick to wool fabrics for fall.

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Scot Louie aka “The Glaminator”
www.scotlouiestyles.com
 
Scot Louie landed a position as a key stylist on a national reality show. He took this opportunity and hit the ground running, turning it into a career. Scot Louie’s work can be seen on Lil’ Kim, Mya, Day 26 and Adrienne Bailon, also in the pages of Hype Hair, Ellements, Lucky and Rolling Out magazines. Finding the perfect fit for a suit may seem impossible without a tailor, right? Wrong. Finding the perfect fit for a suit is as easy as visiting your local tailor. When wearing a suit, the most important detail is fit. Starting with the sleeve, you should only see about a quarter to a half an inch of cuff. There should be no gap between your collar and your dress shirt and most importantly, when the suit jacket is buttoned, it should lay flat with no X gaps while buttoned. If X gaps appear, that clearly indicates a poor-fitting jacket. Dapper and detailed are Scot’s go-to words when fitting a client in a suit.

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Jessica Ross
www.jessicaross2012.wix.com
 
Jessica Ross has styled for TV shows on Comedy Central, Fashion TV, MTV Networks and more. Her diverse background and experience has allowed her to have some of the best styling tips for your wardrobe. The foundation for looking good in a suit is to dress for your height and body type. Always buy clothes that fit. For women, if you plan on wearing heels with your suit, bring them with you when buying. That way you can see if the pants need to be hemmed. The pants should fall right to the bottom of the heel. If you’re petite, avoid long jackets and stick to cuts that are form-fitting. Baggy clothes make you look shorter. Avoid pants with pleats on them as they add more bulk to the waistline. To see if the jacket is the appropriate length, place your arms to the side. The sleeves should end at your wrist. Vertical stripes make you look taller and skinnier. Dark colors have a slimming effect, and light colors the opposite.

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Annie Funn Wardrobe Stylist
www.diariesofastylist.com
 
Annie is a seasoned wardrobe stylist who works both in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her talents have graced the pages of many high-end fashion magazines. A suit is a must-have staple, when purchasing a suit, do not go cheap. Invest, otherwise you will sacrifice on quality, fabric, design and fit. If you don’t want to pay high prices, a trip to the designer outlets is a must. Saks Off 5th usually has a good selection of high-quality men’s and women’s suits for a fraction of the original price. Annie’s next tip is to go current. Avoid boxy, oversized suits, and seek well-fitting, slimmer suits.

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