7 ways to spot a cheap suit

You’re sitting at a conference table, in the middle of two men wearing suits. Can you tell which one is expensive and which one is cheap only by looking at it? No? Well, there is definitely someone who can tell the difference, so the following hints might come in very handy when buying your (husband’s) next suit.

To clear things up before proceeding – this piece is not meant to talk down on cheap suits. In fact, cheaper suits are perfect for trendier pieces that you won’t get much use out of. As always, it’s not so much about what you’re wearing, but about how you’re wearing it.

With all that said, here is a quick checklist with 7 easy ways to spot a cheap suit.


Zamislite situaciju gdje sjedite za konferencijskim stolom, izmedju dva covjeka koji nose odjelo. Mozete li vec na prvi pogled procijeniti koje odijelo vise kosta, a koje je pak jeftinije? Ne mozete? Posto sigurno postoji netko tko odmah vidi razliku, sljedeci savjeti ce vam sigurno dobro doci kad budete kupovali odijelo iduci put.

No prije nego sto pocnemo – ovaj clanak nije najmjenjen da ocrni jefina odjela. Zapravo, jeftinija odijela su savrsena ako zelite nabaviti moderne kreacije koja vas nece dugo sluziti. Kao uvijek, bitinije je kako se odijevate nego sto odijevate.

Kako smo to rijesili, slijedi kratki savjetnik kako mozete otkriti jeftino odijelo.

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1. Cheap Plastic Buttons

Do the buttons look flimsy, and painted? If they look cheap, they probably are. They’re also very breakable. Good news is it’s very easy and affordable to upgrade them to genuine horn.

1. Jeftini Plasticni Gumbi

Izgledaju li gumbi jeftini, klimavi I obojeni? Ako se cine jeftini, najvjerovatnije i jesu. Uostalom se vrlo lako slome. No dobra vijest je da ih vas krojac vrlo jednostavno i bez puno troskova moze izmijeniti.

 

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2. Paper-y Lining

Cheap linings are usually made of polyester, which traps heat and doesn’t breathe at all. It’s especially bad if it makes a “scrunchy” or “swishy” sound when you move it around.

2. Papirnasta postava

Jeftine postave vecinom se sastoje od poliestera koji ne dozvoljava vrucini da izidje i koja ne dise. Posebno iritantan je zvuk koji se stvara prilikom diranja poliestera.

 

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3. Synthetic Fibers (or sizing S-XL)

Just avoid shiny, stiff, sweaty synthetic fibers. Go all natural.

Additionally, a suit should be cut slightly more precisely than “Small,” “Medium,” or “Large.” It’s not a T-shirt, so don’t buy it like one.

3. Sineticno vlakno (ili velicine S-XL)

Izbjegavajte sjajno, tvrdo, sinteticno vlakno. Radije birajte prirodna vlakna.

Osim toga odijelo bi trebalo biti siveno malo preciznije nego “Small”, “Medium” ili “Large”. Odijelo nije majica pa ne kupujte ga kao majicu.

 

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4. Skimping On Extra Fabric

The roughly 3 1/2 yards of cloth it takes to make a suit is the majority of its cost. A cheap manufacturer will cut all the excess — including the fabric under the hem needed to lengthen the trousers and the fabric inside the seat needed to let out the waist.

4. Skrtarenje na suvisnom vlaknu

Od prilike su potrebna 4 metra vlakna za jedno odjelo, koje uzrokuje vecinu troskova u proizvodnji. Jeftini proizvodjaci ce odsijeci sve viske – cak i vlakno ispod poruba koje je potrebno za produzivanje hlaca i prosirivanje struka.

 

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5. Fusing Bubbles

This is the sign of a “fused front” (ie. glued together) chest piece. The chemicals used in dry-cleaning can affect the adhesion of this fusing, causing it to bubble up like a do-it-yourself window tint.

5. Mjehurici

Mjehurici su znak da je vlakno oko prsa slijepljeno. Kemikalije koje se koriste pri kemijskom ciscenju mogu utjecati na prijanjanje i uzrokavati te mjehurice.

 

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6. Low Armholes

A low armhole is just bad design. It’s a carry-over from old-school patterns that weren’t adjusted for the more active lifestyle of today’s modern man. Not only do they look boxy and unshapely, they also restrict a man’s range of motion, causing a wing-like shape that pulls the jacket up when lifting an arm.

6. Niski otvori za rukave

Niski otvor za rukave je jednostavno los dizajn. To je ostatak od starih sablona koje nisu prilagodjene na danasnje moderne krojeve. Ne samo da ne izgledaju nerazmjerno, nego i ogranicaju gibanje jer podizu sako kad dizete ruku.

 

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7. Bubbly Shoulder Lines

The shoulders are a critical point of a suit. They should have a clean smooth line rather than creating bumps like in the picture above.

7. Mjehurasta Ramena

Ramena su kriticna tocka kod odjela. Ona trebaju imati ravnu crtu umijesto da se vlakno guzva kao na slici.

 

What do you look for when buying a suit? I’d love to hear your tips!

 

This article originally appeared on articlesofstyle.com and was slightly altered by me. Source of title image: indochino.com.

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