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How to Shop for a Men's Suit | Shopping for Suit Separates

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Aaron Marino of alpha m. wants you to check out this important topic. It's all about how to buy a suit. As a side note, a medium gray suit is a great investment.

Macy's having a great sale on suit separates. Always keep your eye out for sales like this. Suit separates are a polyester and aren't as expensive. You get a benefit of buying them separately which reduces alteration expenses (such as getting the pants hemmed as they will already be hemmed with the suit separate).

Bring the shoes that you will be wearing with the suit when suit shopping. Get a measurement from the sales associate when beginning the suit shopping.  Designer brands will have mid-rise rather than regular rise which is going to be a bit more shallow and not a whole lot of extra room. There should be a single break when you have your shoes on.

Sizing down for the sport jacket will minimize on the alterations. With the jacket, the 'one size smaller' gives a slight pull at the center button, which is perfect. The sleeves should come up, as Alpha demonstrates. The double vent is more stylish, European inspired, and allows for more free movement. When walking, always button the top and never the second. The notched lapel and peaked lapel are discussed.

The suit was $280 and was originally $550! That's ALPHA!


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Wedding Guest Attire | Men's Suit Shopping  -
March 29, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. takes his friend, Steve (S-Money), men's suit shopping for a wedding. Steve is wearing his custom made (Modern Tailor) shirt and the shoes for the wedding (black cap toe) during the shopping trip. The importance of wearing the shoes is to evaluate the pant length. The shopping trip illustrates the benefits of suit separates and gray suits, as well as how to select the suitRead More»
Building a New Wardrobe | Basic Wardrobe Checklist -
March 20, 2012
alpha m. stylesystem Aaron Marino of alpha m. instructs how to build a new wardrobe, including corporate casual. Wardrobe is built, not bought in a weekend. Your wardrobe is constantly evolving from the basics. You systematically replace and add to the wardrobe based on your lifestyle. For example, if you wear jeans every day to work, your basic wardrobe will have jeans as a staple. Every guy shouRead More»
How Many Suits Should I Own?  -
March 16, 2012
I get this question all the time, especially from younger guys just out of college about to enter the working world. It's a tough call, because the answer depends entirely on what you're planning on using them for. For most men, I suggest two suits: one black, and one grey. This will cover 90% of your needs—the other 10% will probably need a tuxedo rental (OK, I'm making those numbers up; but reRead More»
Building Your Wardrobe | Add, Upgrade, Update -
March 14, 2012
A great men's wardrobe is built by starting with basics and periodically & systemically improving by adding pieces. Aaron Marino of alpha m. states that your wardrobe is not 'bought'. Your wardrobe is 'built'. Once you have the basics take care of, the next step is to establish what item would be the best used. You may need a nice pair of sunglasses or a quality winter coat. Also, add pieces tRead More»

Men's Underwear Choices -
March 7, 2012
Which article of clothing do you give the least amount of thought to when buying or choosing to wear?  If you’re like most men, you’ll say underwear.  Understandably so, since they’re hidden under pants, and likely only to be seen by someone if they make it into your bedroom. Well, it’s time to throw out the old school thinking… along with any nasty, ill-fitting underwear and get curreRead More»
Choosing Pants for Large Men | Big Boy Style -
March 2, 2012
The majority of men have at least one body issue to consider when buying clothes and putting a wardrobe together.  Nature has not been quite as generous with handing out perfect body types as we wish she was, so, my motto is change what you can, and wear complementing clothes to disguise the rest. Fortunately, this isn’t difficult to achieve with the vast assortment of styles on today’s markeRead More»
Alpha's Friendship Talk -
February 29, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses how friendships  can flourish despite how worlds are different. Aaron Marino of alpha m. introduces his friend Will who is traveling through Atlanta. Aaron and Will are connected although they don't have much in common. They are like brothers and love each other. Once Aaron and Will are together, they talk about how 'on paper' they shouldn't be friends but they Read More»
Travel SOS | Emergency Travel Situations -
February 24, 2012
You’re out of town or maybe just leaving home for the day, and some sort of mishap happens to your clothing. A lost button, wrinkled pants, or ketchup splatter – we’ve all been there at one time or another, but, what to do? Emergency situations require emergency action… so, take a look at this article, which will give you some tips on how to survive unforeseen wardrobe misfortune while awaRead More»
Wardrobe Purge -
February 20, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. is purging his wardrobe. Is purging wasteful? Does purging have to happen? Yes, you need to stream-line your life. Purging also is essential to effectively utilize and maximize your wardrobe. Aaron got rid of things that don't fit and he doesn't use anymore. He said that purging is liberating because what remains is something that fits, is enjoyable to wear, and something Read More»

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