Many men will admit that shopping is low on the list of things they enjoy doing, but there are certain occasions in life that demand a trip to the shops to grab some fresh new attire. If you’ve received an invite to an event that calls for a new suit or you’re planning your big day and need to sort everyone’s outfits, you want to be sure that you have the perfect plan of attack in place to make your shopping trip as smooth and successful as possible.
Whether you and your groomsmen are hitting the shops to sort suits for the big day or you’re going it alone to find a new suit for another kind of special occasion, we’re going to be sharing with you our top tips for planning suit shopping like a pro to ensure you have a stress-free shopping experience.
Do Your Research
If you want a quick and easy trip to the shops that results in finding the perfect suit first time, you need to do your research. Head online before you head out the door and take a look at your favourite retailers and the suits they have available. This is a sure fire way to narrow down the search by making a short-list of shops to hit.
By browsing online first, you can get an idea of colours and styles you like, all in the comfort of your own home – far more relaxing than trailing around every menswear shop in the town!
Here at Slaters, all our men’s suits are available to browse online, so you can get an idea of what kind of look you’re after before you head into store.
Know Your Sizes
Most men know their own size in different suit styles, but if you’re a groom heading out with your whole grooms’ party on a suit shopping mission, knowing their sizes ahead of time is going to help you organise your trip much better.
You could just write down all the sizes you need to know for quick and easy reference when you’re out shopping, but to make life even easier for yourself, you could use the Slaters Wedding Suit Selector tool online first and browse all the suits we have available in all the sizes you need.
By using our suit selector tool, you have a permanent record of the sizes you need and can easily see what suits we have that will not only fit all your party but match your theme too.
Have a Clear Budget
Sticking to a budget can be easier said than done, especially if you’re feeling flustered by all your options, so setting a clear budget and only exploring options within it is an easy way to keep your shopping experience calm.
If you’re shopping in a group like a wedding party, you might want to make sure that everyone is aware of the price point you’re looking at so that you don’t end up choosing a suit that is way out of the budget.
Researching beforehand can also help you stick to your budget as you’ll know which brands and collections at different stores fit within your price range, so you can go straight to those when you get in store.
Prepare to Enjoy It
If you head to the shops with the mindset that you don’t want to go and you’re not going to find what you’re looking for then the likelihood is you’ll come away empty handed and frustrated, but if you do your preparation before you go and prepare to enjoy yourself and have a good time shopping, you’re more likely to have a successful trip!
We hope you’ve found this useful if you’re planning a trip to the shops to buy a new suit. If you choose to head to Slaters to pick up your new outfit, don’t hesitate to ask any of the staff in store for assistance, they’re always happy to help.
Find your local Slaters store and feel free to ring in advance to check if the items you’re keen to try on are in stock!
Be sure to let us know on Twitter or Instagram if you do pop into one of our stores, we’d love to know how you got on!