4 Reasons to Purchase a Wool Suit

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4 Reasons to Purchase a Wool Suit

Even an expensive suit that fits well can still look like it’s made of poor quality fabric. Fit and construction details aren’t the only factors that make a good suit. The fabric from which the suit is tailored is important as well. Wool has long been a traditional choice of fabric for suits, and there are several advantages to consider when investing in a wool suit for your wardrobe.

1. All-Season Wear

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Suits made with wool fabrics are appropriate for wear in both cold and warm weather conditions. In cold weather, wool traps air within the fibers, acting as an insulator to keep the body warm. The heavier wool materials and thicker fabrics from which winter suits are made hold in more air to keep you warm.

Thinner wool fibers can effectively wick moisture away from the body and are lightweight and breathable, making tropical wool fabrics ideal for summer wear. Larger, more porous gaps are woven in the fabric to make a wool suit more comfortable for wear in hot weather. While cotton and linen suits are also great lightweight choices for hot weather, they tend to crease and wrinkle more easily than wool suits.

2. Durability

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Often thought of as a luxury fabric, wool is resilient, attractive, comfortable, and low maintenance. In fact, its durability makes it a popular choice for both men’s and women’s suits. Wool is tough and holds up better than other fabrics. There are different types of wool fabrics to choose from, such as virgin wool and worsted (tightly woven) wool, and often, people prefer natural fibers like wool over synthetic fibers.

Because wool is a hard-wearing fiber, it can look great for many years with proper care. Polyester and polyester-rayon blend fabrics are less expensive materials that are strong and flexible and resist wrinkling, but these synthetic fabrics aren’t as breathable as wool, which make them uncomfortable in hot weather. Also, some polyester fabrics have the additional drawback of looking shiny in appearance.

3. Thread Count

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Wool fibers vary in fineness. Coarser fibers typically are used in outer-layer clothing and suit jackets. When getting fitted for a suit, consider the super number, or S number—the thread count which describes the fineness of the fabric’s individual fibers. A higher S number indicates a thinner, smoother, and softer fabric that makes a suit cloth feel silkier.

Wools spun at higher speeds are better quality wools, but lower number wools are still good wools for durable clothing. If you are looking for a suit to wear on special occasions, super wools with higher numbers have smoother textures that are considered more luxurious.

Although finer wools produce a lighter cloth and are usually more expensive, the price tag of a suit doesn’t necessarily make it the best buy. Thread counts in the 200s can make for one classy-looking suit, but the suit may not be as durable as a heavier wool fabric. It can be more difficult to clean too.

Since a higher thread count indicates a finer, or thinner, fiber, wool materials with extremely high thread counts often wear more quickly, usually taking on a shiny appearance. Fabrics spun from super-fine wool also wrinkle more easily than coarser or thicker wool fabrics.

4. Shapeliness

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No matter what the quality of an off-the-rack suit may be or how well designed it is, if it doesn’t conform to your body shape and type, the suit isn’t going to be the right fit.

You can tell if a suit is made of sturdy material when you bunch the fabric and it leaves little or no wrinkling when you let go of it. Wool has a natural spring to it so the fibers spring back and stretch rather than break. This flexibility helps the fabric hold its shape.

While you don’t want a suit that feels too heavy for wear, a suit made from a heavier cloth drapes better. A well-fitted suit should still conform to your body shape even after you’ve worn it a few times, and sturdy wool fabrics won’t stretch out or deteriorate as quickly.

 

If you are looking to add a custom-tailored suit to your wardrobe, Mario Rojas Custom Clothiers can fit you with quality handmade apparel in the style and fabric materials you choose.

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Job Interview Coming Up? 4 Ways to Look and Feel Confident

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You’ve prepped your résumé and cover letter, contacted your references, and thought about your answers to common interview questions. Now, the best thing you can do to prepare for your job interview is to increase your confidence. Your assured appearance and demeanor will impress your interviewers. It will also put to rest any concerns they may have about hiring you.

Research shows that when you look more confident and act more confident, you’ll also feel more confident. Here’s how you can increase confidence from the outside in.

1. Get a Custom Suit or Shirt

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Wearing professional clothes makes you look more secure and self-assured. It also helps employers better imagine you in powerful leadership roles.

To further enhance your confident appearance, consider a custom suit or clothes. Since everyone’s body type and frame is unique, it’s difficult to find a perfect fit at the store. Have a custom clothier evaluate your body type, take your measurements, and design a suit or shirt that’s perfect for you and your body.

You’ll look and feel like a million dollars in your new custom clothes, and you’ll portray that confidence to your interviewers.

2. Strike a Power Pose

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy recommends a practice called power posing before your interview. This practice involves standing in a confident posture for about two minutes. Power poses involve opening up your body rather than bringing it in. Try these power poses:

  • Stand straight with your hands on your hips.
  • Lean back in a chair with your legs on a desk and your arms crossed behind your head.
  • Lean forward on a desk and look forward, with your arms spread wide on the desk.

Cuddy found that these poses actually change hormone levels in your body. In her study, research subjects who struck these poses before an interview were more likely to be viewed favorably by the employer.

If you strike these poses, your brain will begin to align with your body and you’ll believe you’re powerful and capable. Plus, your interviewers will believe it, too.

3. Wear a Powerful Color

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According to color psychology, certain colors evoke feelings of boldness and power. Red commands attention and is a good choice if you want to appear confident and passionate. Purple is also a powerful color because it reminds people of royalty and distinction. Blue can be a good choice as well, since it symbolizes intelligence and strength.

Of course, the classic black or gray suit jacket is always a stylish look. Men could choose a tie or shirt in a power color, and women could choose a shirt or suit jacket in a power color. It can give you an extra boost of self-assurance during your interview.

4. Practice Confident Body Language During Interviews

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Just as you should strike power poses before the interview, you should also portray confident body language throughout the interview. Do a practice interview with a friend and use the following body language:

  • Stand straight with your head held high and shoulders back.
  • When you sit, lean back and put your arms on the armrests (leaning forward makes you look less confident).
  • Try interlacing your fingers and resting your elbows on the table in front of you.
  • Avoid fidgeting or nervous habits, such as tapping your feet.

Ask your friend to point out anything he or she notices that you could change about your body language.

Even if you have the right education and experience for a job, you need to show confidence to nail the interview. Use these tips and you’ll help convince your interviewers that you’re right for the job. If you need a custom suit or shirt, count on custom tailor Mario Rojas.